For the first time, live anthems were performed for the World Indoor Track and Field Championships Medal Ceremonies in Portland. Orchestra Next, with lots of help from Travis Freshner (who did the arrangements), performed for 14 ceremonies. And I was…
“Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana”, pulled out all the stops in a tour de force collaboration between EBC, the Eugene Concert Choir (along with talented children from the Festival Choirs, under the direction of Chris Dobson) and Orchestra Next, all held together under the vigilant eye of conductor Brian McWhorter.”
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.”