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George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Presents Holiday Celebration with The 5 Browns on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014 at 8 p.m.

November 13, 2014
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George Mason University’s Center for the Arts


Holiday Celebration with The 5 Browns            

Friday, Dec. 12, 2014 at 8 p.m.


FAIRFAX, Va., Nov. 13, 2014 – “One family, five pianos and 50 fingers add up to the biggest classical music sensation in years,” raves the New York Post about this extraordinary sibling piano quintet from Utah who bring a delightful Christmas concert for their first performance at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts. Holiday Celebration with The 5 Browns comes to Fairfax on Friday,

Dec. 12, 2014 at 8 p.m. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, will be held 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III and is sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

This merry evening of music-making features the piano quintet performing Christmas favorites from selections from “The Nutcracker” Suite and “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” to “My Favorite Things” from “The Sound of Music” and Vince Guaraldi’s “Christmas Time is Here” from “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Other works on the program include movements from Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” and “Simple Gifts/Going Home,” based on compositions by Aaron Copland and Antonin Dvořák.

The 5 Browns – Ryan, Melody, Gregory, Deondra and Desirae – first made headlines when all five were accepted at Juilliard simultaneously. These piano prodigies have since exploded onto the classical music scene and beyond, appearing on “Oprah,” “60 Minutes,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Today Show,” “The View,” NPR’s “Performance Today” and more; they also appeared in their own PBS special, “The 5 Browns: In Concert.” The quintet has brought their dynamic performances, which feature the siblings performing individually or in various combinations from duos to complex five-piano arrangements, to prestigious stages across the globe, including China’s Grand National Theater, Japan’s Suntory Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center and Chicago’s Symphony Hall. They have also soloed with orchestras around the world, including the National Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Orchestre de chamber de Paris. The 5 Browns are the authors of “Life Between the Keys,” a lighthearted collection of personal stories, which was published by Phoenix Books in 2009.  Desirae and Deondra Brown are the creators of the Foundation for Survivors of Abuse, an organization that seeks to empower sexual abuse survivors and promote victims’ rights. To learn more about The 5 Browns, please visit


Program subject to change


Tickets for HOLIDAY CELEBRATION WITH THE 5 BROWNS are $50, $43 and $30. Youth Discount: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12. Visit the box office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit The Center for the Arts complex is located on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent the Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university Lot K. For more information, please visit Like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @GMU_CFA.

About Great Performances at Mason

Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance, Art and Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.


About George Mason University

George Mason University is Virginia’s largest public research university. Located near Washington, D.C., Mason enrolls more than 33,000 students from 130 countries and all 50 states. Mason has grown rapidly over the past half-century and is recognized for its innovation and entrepreneurship, remarkable diversity and commitment to accessibility. Mason is also one of the best values in higher education, producing graduates who lead all Virginia schools with the highest annual salaries.