PIANO PHENOMS “THE 5 BROWNS” TO RELEASE NEW LIVE ALBUM “THE RITE OF SPRING” ON OCTOBER 29; WITH CARNEGIE HALL DEBUT ON OCTOBER 18

NEW OFFERING TITLED “THE RITE OF SPRING – THE 5 BROWNS: LIVE AT ARTHUR ZANKEL MUSIC CENTER” WILL BE RELEASED ON STEINWAY & SONS’ NEW RECORD LABEL; AND WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE DIGITALLY ON OCTOBER 1


The May 29 concert at Skidmore College, jointly sponsored by SararogaArtsFest
Photo Credit: Andrzej Pilarczyk

New York, NY--A revolutionary force in classical music and an ongoing global phenomenon since the release of their self-titled debut album, The 5 Browns will realize a lifelong collective dream this year with the release of their new live album on October 29 titled The Rite of Spring – The 5 Browns: Live at Arthur Zankel Music Center. The Steinway & Sons recording, which will also be digitally released on October 1, will include their arrangement of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring. The performance was recorded at the Arthur Zankel Music Center at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in a concert presented jointly by the college and SaratogaArtsFest. The group of five pianist siblings, will also bring their five piano ensemble to The Ravinia Festival on September 5, and for the first time, to Carnegie Hall on October 18.

"Steinway & Sons has been honored to have The 5 Browns on our Steinway Artist roster from the very start of their illustrious careers," says Ron Losby, President, Steinway & Sons-Americas. He continues: "We are now especially honored to feature The 5 Browns on our exclusive Steinway Record Label and to watch as they make their Carnegie Hall debut. We look forward to our ongoing partnership with this group of marvelous pianists who show the same passion and dedication towards making great music as we do towards making the world’s finest pianos."

The 5 Browns - Desirae, Deondra, Gregory, Melody, and Ryan - hit #1 on the Billboard Classical Albums chart with three separate albums – The 5 Browns, No Boundaries and Browns In Blue) and have been featured on 60 Minutes, Oprah, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Good Morning America, Today, The View, The Martha Stewart Show and NPR's Performance Today. They have also been featured in such publications as the New York Times, People, Parade, Los Angeles Times, the Sunday London Telegraph and Entertainment Weekly, the latter of which dubbed them "...five young Mormons who all play scorching piano.”

The centerpiece of their upcoming album is a performance of The Rite of Spring and was recorded live on May 29, 2013—100 years to the day from its original premiere in Paris. Composed in 1913 by Igor Stravinsky for Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, it was a controversial piece that sparked a riot in the packed theatre during its premiere. Produced by Adam Abeshouse, Grammy winner (and two time nominee) for Classical Producer of the Year in 1999, the live recording also features five-piano arrangements of three movements from Gustav Holst's The Planets and Danse Macabre, a tone poem by Camille Saint-Saëns.

The Juilliard educated siblings will perform The Rite of Spring in its entirety at their Carnegie Hall debut. The piece is arranged and transcribed for five pianos by Jeffrey Shumway, piano professor at Brigham Young University, with whom the Brown have had a long-time working relationship. Among other works on the program will be the New York premiere of John Novacek's Reflections on Shenandoah, a selection the group recorded on their 2007 album, Browns In Blue.

Individually and collaboratively, the exclusive Steinway Artists have performed in famed venues throughout the world, including the Grand National Theatre in China, Suntory Hall in Japan, The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Symphony Center in Chicago and previously in NYC at Alice Tully Hall. They have also soloed with such orchestras as the National Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony, the San Antonio Symphony, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to touring and recording, The 5 Browns are published authors. Their book, Life Between the Keys, a lighthearted collection of personal stories, was published by Phoenix Books in March 2009. The group was also featured in a PBS TV special, The 5 Browns In Concert, which aired on PBS stations throughout the country.

For more information visit: http://www.the5browns.com/