In preparation for “Music’s Biggest Night” (aka The Grammy Awards), the UO’s new-music-ensemble-in-residence is ready for its closeup, performing selections from the 2016 nominations in a wide variety of [colliding] categories and with a wide variety of [colliding] interpretations….
Inside the Monsters’ Studio, plus the premiere of Pink Baby Monster’s version of Genesis 1 by Brian McWhorter.
A night in the pit with Orchestra Next and Eugene Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’
“McWhorter, who studied trumpet and composition at the Juilliard School before coming to the music department at the University of Oregon, has become something of a minicelebrity for the mayhem of the creative process. He has constructed bathtubs adorned with…
“Under the baton of founder Brian McWhorter, the orchestra accompanied the entire program with acute sensitivity to both the music and what was happening on stage.” read more: http://www.orartswatch.org/spinning-spaights-tales-in-eugene/
Another exciting change is the recent addition of Orchestra NEXT, a training orchestra led by trumpet virtuoso Brian McWhorter. NEXT, which places leading professionals alongside aspiring musicians, will be performing the iconic Tchaikovsky score. “To have young people in the show on stage and then to have young people in the pit,” Pimble says, “it just gives a wonderful feel, a community feel, to the performance.”
“In just two years, Orchestra Next has established a training orchestra in the Willamette Valley, and become the resident orchestra for the Eugene Ballet. Music director Brian McWhorter speaks with Eric Alan about the orchestra’s unique mentorship model, pairing student…
“How about if I get an orchestra together for you?” McWhorter offered, rashly. He’d conduct it himself if he had to. Grannan agreed. McWhorter, a jazzman from way back, quickly realized how impetuous his improvisation had been. “I didn’t have an orchestra, I didn’t have money to pay an orchestra and I’d never conducted an orchestra before,” he recalls. Yet he knew he had to try. – Brett Campbell