Five sibling Juilliard-trained pianists all onstage at the same time. Pretty cool. Add to that the fact that they are former Houstonians, and it gets cooler still. The 5 Browns (and their five Steinway pianos) take the stage at Jones Hall today, playing music by Gershwin, Rachmaninoff, Debussy, Piazzolla, Prokofieff and Stravinsky, among others. Desirae, Deondra, Gregory, Melody and Ryan, now in their twenties, each performed with a major symphony before leaving high school. These days theyre best-selling recording artists whose second album, No Boundaries, held the top spot on the Billboard classical music chart for 20 consecutive weeks. Those interested in finding out how exactly one rears a supertalented quintet can attend a pre-performance lecture by the Browns parents. (Gosh, think theyll sound anything like Britney and Jamie Lynn Spearss mom and dad?) 8 p.m. 615 Louisiana. For information, call 713-227-4772 or visit www.spahouston.org. $15 to $50.
Fri., Jan. 11, 8 p.m., 2008