We enjoyed an evening out with the eldest two girls last night, attending a 5 Browns concert. It was a late night for the girls (ending at nearly 10pm), but it was fun.
Five Julliard-trained siblings, all in their 20’s, the Browns perform on 5 Grand pianos simultaneously.
While it is definitely classical music–and not the modern dissonant stuff–these five youths give it their own style. Their playing is expressive and animated–Fascinatingly, or distractingly so–depending on the perspective of each individual in the audience. One piece performed last night by Gregory Brown, is likely to place piano playing in the “extreme sport” category.
My girls were fascinated to learn (during a question and answer session following intermission) that all five of the young people began piano at age three, beginning with the Suzuki method–just like them! (Although we aren’t aspiring to raise concert pianists, just children who enjoy music and can derive pleasure from playing piano.)
Five siblings within seven years, homeschooled, started Suzuki Piano at age three… A group to whom my girls can relate.