The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen

Oregon’s Orchestra Next, in collaboration with the Eugene Ballet Company, has released its debut album featuring the world premiere recording of Kenji Bunch’s The Snow Queen. This 100-minute ballet score is a significant addition to the repertoire. Unlike Disney’s movie…

Eugene Weekly: "The Nutcracker" Review

Eugene Weekly: “The Nutcracker” Review

“Brian McWhorter’s Orchestra NEXT and the Cantible Collective, under direction of Chris Dobson, elevate the effort from enjoyable to resplendent.”

Eugene Weekly: "Great Gatsby" at Eugene Ballet Company

Eugene Weekly: “Great Gatsby” at Eugene Ballet Company

“Set to music by Wynton Marsalis, the full-length work pulses like a pot on simmer, that slowly comes to a rolling boil, heating up with intrigue and the omnipresent humidity of an inescapable (pre air conditioning) New York summer. The…

IAAF World Indoor Track & Field Championships - LIVE Anthems

IAAF World Indoor Track & Field Championships – LIVE Anthems

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…

EW: Eugene Ballet Dazzles with Concert Choir/Orchestra Next Collaboration

EW: Eugene Ballet Dazzles with Concert Choir/Orchestra Next Collaboration

“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.”

Eugene Art Talk: A night in the pit with Orchestra Next and Eugene Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’

Eugene Art Talk: A night in the pit with Orchestra Next and Eugene Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’

A night in the pit with Orchestra Next and Eugene Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’

EW: Ever-Evolving Nutcracker

EW: Ever-Evolving Nutcracker

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.”

KLCC: Orchestra Next's Unique Mentorship Model

KLCC: Orchestra Next’s Unique Mentorship Model

“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…

EW: Tune in Tomorrow

EW: Tune in Tomorrow

“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