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Ep 11 – Tyler Abbott, Seth Kimmel, and Astor Piazzolla

Tyler Abbott, principal bassist with Orchestra Next, performs his arrangement of Astor Piazzolla’s Milonga del Ángel, for six basses – followed by a conversation with Seth Kimmel, the Eugene-based luthier who made Tyler’s bass. To see the full video of Tyler’s arrangement, go to https://youtu.be/4qP4xL-7ys4…

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‘Twas the Night Before HomeNut

According to legend, Sarah Viens composed a behind-the-scenes, truthful account of the story of HomeNut. A harrowing story, she never intended that it be published… but Maestro McWhorter learned of the poem and set it to music (as any self-respecting conductor would do). And not…

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The HomeNut Episode

Orchestra Next is proud to announce the release of HomeNut – a radical recording project that involved all of our musicians recording their parts to The Nutcracker from home! In this episode, you’ll hear Sarah Viens and Brian McWhorter talk about how it all went down – so get ready,…

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Ep 8 – My Heartbeat Comes Into My Soundscape

Jacqueline Cordova-Arrington, assistant professor of flute at the University of Oregon, performs Daniel Cueto’s Tuhuayo, for solo flute – followed by a conversation with Shannon Mockli, associate professor of dance. The conversation starts with Shannon’s description of how her body processed the music and evolves into…

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Ep 7 – Molly Barth and Hailstork

Molly Barth talks with Brian McWhorter about her new virtual show “Ineffable” and performs Flute Set by Adolphus Hailstork. “Ineffable” is a fascinating show that features music by Andre Myers, Ricardo Zohn Muldoon, Adolphus Hailstork, Katherine Hoover, and Samuel Zyman – as well as poetry readings…

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Ep 6 – Rearranging the Chairs on the Titanic?

For the first act of this episode, we chat with David Mason, the Director of Facilities Services at the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance.  He tells us about what it’s been like keeping the facilities open for instruction during the pandemic. The…

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Extended Interview: Michael Ward-Bergeman and “The Saints and Sinners of Jackson Square”

We’re gonna take a detour from our regular programming to offer this extended interview with composer, director, and accordionist Michael Ward-Bergeman. If you heard Episode 5, you heard him play on a radical new accordion that he invented. But for this interview, we took a…

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Ep 5 – Let It Do What It Do and Let It Be What It Is

For the first act of this episode, 11 year old cellist Maya Oddin joins in to talk about her teacher – Anne Ridlington – and a performance of Ysaÿe that Anne recently made. For the second act, we’re joined by composer, director, and accordionist Michael…

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Ep 4 – Transcend the Rabbit Face

For the first act of this episode, we’ve paired Steve Vacchi’s performance of music by Jean-Daniel Braun with Carol Stabile, Interim Dean of the Clark Honors College. For the second act, we’ll hear some music and thoughts from special guest Mark Gould, former co-principal trumpet…

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Ep 3 – Collective Tachycardia

For the first act of this episode, we’ve paired Wonkak Kim and Grace Choi’s performance of Louis Cahuzac’s Cantilene with Doneka Scott, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Student Success at the University of Oregon. For the second act, we’ll hear Laura Zaerr perform her composition River Right…

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