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Pianomania!
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 • Posted February 7, 2013

BOERNE, TX – February 3, 2013. Following a sold-out performance by Drumline Live last Wednesday, Boerne Performing Arts is ready to change gears for their next presentation featuring The 5 Browns…five extremely talented concert pianists, all graduates of the famed Juilliard School of Music, performing on five Steinway Grands…a symphony of piano performance at the highest level.

The technical aspects now turn to the delivery of five Steinway Grand pianos, each being tuned by a highly trained technician prior to each performance, and aligning the pianos so that the five piano virtuosos are in contact with each other throughout the performance. Musical selections will include features from their latest release, 5 Browns in Hollywood, highlighted by Star Wars: Suite for Five Pianos, the music of John Williams, arranged by Greg Anderson, a Juilliard classmate of the Browns.

The Browns recently announced the birth of a new addition to their family. Desirae, the eldest of the Brown siblings, has brought a little girl (her first!) into the world in January of 2013. While she is on maternity leave, the group is honored to announce “that her place in the group will be temporarily filled by one of the most talented pianists we have had the pleasure of knowing, Mr. Stephen Beus. He will not only be joining us on every 5-piano piece, but he has also been so kind as to agree to perform a solo as well.”

Stephen Beus began piano lessons at the age of 5 and made his orchestral debut four years later. He has won numerous national and international competitions, capturing the attention of both audiences and critics. The winner of the Juilliard School Concerto Competition, Beus made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Juilliard Orchestra, under the direction of James DePreist, playing Prokofiev Concerto No. 3. While in Boerne, Mr. Beus will perform Sonata Tragica, by Nikolai Medtner.

Cordillera Ranch and Sonora Bank, sponsors for this event, are partnering with Boerne Performing Arts to present world-class performing arts in Kendall County. The generosity and support offered by these two local entities will also provide a special in-school program that will allow 1,000 local students to attend a performance by The 5 Browns at no cost to the students. This is part of the Boerne Performing Arts FOR KIDS program. The Kronkosky Foundation, Boerne Convention & Visitors Bureau, The Boerne Star, Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts provide additional support for these programs.

Preview The 5 Browns at boerneperformingarts.com, where you can also use the online service for purchasing tickets for this and all Boerne Performing Arts events. Tickets ($30-$40-$50) are also available at the Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce and the Boerne Convention & Visitors Bureau, and phone requests may be made at 830-331-9079.

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