Heaven and Earth (Cheung) with UO Percussion Ensemble

Heaven and Earth (Cheung) with UO Percussion Ensemble

Friday, 2/21, 7pm (PST). Featuring special guests: Eriko Daimo 大茂絵里子 on marimba and Brian McWhorter on gong. Program will include Kuka-Ilimoku, Harrison’s Suite, Cowell’s Pulse, Marimba Spiritual, and the ‘pre-premiere’ of my Percussion Ballet, Heaven and Earth (2020 version).

La Tragédie de Carmen

La Tragédie de Carmen

Peer Gynt - World Premiere with Orchestra Next & Eugene Ballet

Peer Gynt – World Premiere with Orchestra Next & Eugene Ballet

Eugene Ballet preview: dance of the mountain king The People of Peer Gynt: Brian McWhorter

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.”