Russell Joel Brown returns
to Augusta, Georgia for his first concert here in eight years.
and Beyond is a benefit concert for the Jessye Norman School of the
Arts and will be held on August 18, 2013 at 5:00pm at the Maxwell Theatre for
Performing Arts, GRU. Additional performers will be
dancer, Justin Reeves, and singers from the Jessye Norman School of the Arts.
addition to the concert, local artists will be creating tribute works of art of
Russell. These will be on display in the lobby of the Maxwell Theatre,
and offered in a silent auction before the concert, and during the
intermission. All proceeds will go to the Jessye Norman School of the
are $40 for adults and $20 for students under 25 with a valid student ID.
Tickets can be purchased online at Jessye Norman School of the Arts and at the Maxwell Theatre
For more information call 706-667-4100.
native, Russell Joel Brown, has toured the globe as a singer/ actor/ dancer in
various Broadway musicals. His early formal dance training began at the Augusta
Ballet School under the tutelage of Zanne Beaufort Colton and legendary founder
of the Augusta Ballet Company, Ron Colton. His musical training came at the
hands of Mrs. Carrie Rockholt at Episcopal Day School ad Good Shepherd
Episcopal Church Youth Choir, St. Mary's Episcopal Church, piano lessons with
Mrs. Virginia Bush, and finally, voice lessons with Father John Fitzpatrick at
Aquinas High School and Michael Joyce at St. Mary's on the Hill Catholic
Church. These early influences laid the groundwork for later work with Dr.
David Morrow, Dr. Uzee Brown, and the late Dr. Wendell P. Whalum in the
Morehouse College Glee Club and Morehouse Quartet. In New York, Mr. Brown
studied voice with the late Melvin Jordan for 12 years.
was an early stint with the Augusta Players Youth Theater Wing that ignited Mr.
Brown's passion for theater. This led to lead roles in plays and musicals at
Aquinas High School. After moving to New York, roles came in the First National
Tours of “Smokey Joe's Cafe”, “The Scarlet Pimpernel”, and
Disney's “The Lion King”. International work has included the
Japanese tour of “Smokey Joe's Cafe”, a European tour of “Ain't
Misbehavin'”, and engagements in Taiwan and Mexico of Disney's “The
Lion King”. He currently tours as a bass and Mufasa understudy in the
North American production of Disney's “The Lion King”.