On Thursday October 4th, classical music superstars The 5 Browns paid a special visit to some of their littlest fans at PS 102 as part of a "Gershwin Day" at the school.
As a way to reinforce the New York City and state Social Studies requirement, students had been studying the life and music of George Gershwin who lived just blocks away from the school. The 5 Browns, dubbed The “Fab Five” by People Magazine – Ryan, Melody, Gregory, Deondra, and Desirae, – are a group of twenty-somethings who made history as the first set of siblings to study piano simultaneously at Juilliard. Their new CD, Browns in Blue, features works by Gershwin.
A group of honors keyboard students first welcomed the 5 Browns with a rendition of "Let's Call the Whole Thing off" while 4th and 5th grade students from PS 102 and St. Ann's sang along. The 5 Browns then took the stage to play two pieces from their new CD, "American in Paris" and "Rhapsody in Blue", and then took questions from students and discussed their life and their work.
The 5 Browns were very impressed with the students' obvious interest in and dedication to music, and a wonderful time was had by all!
Special thanks to everyone at PS 102, especially Jenn Greene and Sandra Gittens; St. Ann school; Jane Covner, and of course, the 5 Browns!