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Christmas gift idea: Tickets to The 5 Browns' holiday performance at SFA

November 18, 2015 - Robbie Goodrich
The 5 Browns, widely popular sibling pianists, will bring their Christmas spirit to Nacogdoches with a program of holiday favorites when they perform as part of the SFA College of Fine Arts' University Series at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, on Turner stage.
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Looking for a unique holiday gift for a friend or loved one? Tickets to see The 5 Browns when they perform Dec. 18 in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus just might be the answer to filling your holiday shopping list.

The widely popular sibling pianists will bring their Christmas spirit to Nacogdoches with a program of holiday favorites when they perform as part of the SFA College of Fine Arts' University Series at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, on Turner stage.

"Taking your family or a group of friends to see this exciting show would be a great way to usher in the holiday season," said Dr. John Goodall, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts. "This University Series event is sure to put everyone in the Christmas spirit."

And, perfectly timed for winter commencement weekend, the SFA performance gives guests from out of town an exciting way to spend Friday night before Saturday's graduation ceremonies.

The quintet has garnered extensive coverage from media outlets ranging from "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Good Morning America," "Today," and "The View" to "The Martha Stewart Show," National Public Radio's "Performance Today," as well as The New York Times, Parade, People, the Los Angeles Times, the Sunday London Telegraph and Entertainment Weekly.

The 5 Browns are delivering on their dream to "wake up" classical music by introducing it to the widest, largest and most excited audience they can find. Whether performing individually or together in duos or complex five-piano arrangements, The 5 Browns reveal a deep connection to the intent of their material while bringing a fresh energy and dynamic character to the color and tonal spectrum of their sound, according to Goodall.

This Christmas-themed performance features such holiday classics as "Carol of the Bells," "Ave Maria," "Nutcracker Suite," "Sleigh Ride" and others.

Prior to the performance, Dr. Mario Ajero, associate professor of piano pedagogy at SFA, will present a 7 p.m. informative talk in Griffith Gallery about the artists and their music. The gallery is located across the hall from Turner Auditorium, which is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive.

The audience is invited back to the gallery for a post-performance reception to meet the performers and to honor the event's corporate sponsor, Nacogdoches Medical Center.

Single event ticket prices are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for students/youth.

For more information on the remaining 2015-2016 University Series, which features L.A. Theatre Works presenting Bram Stokers' 'Dracula' on Feb. 4 and Texas soprano Ava Pine on April 14, visit finearts.sfasu.edu, stop by the Fine Arts Box Office in Room 211 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building, or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.