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Around the O: Music business fair connects students with industry insiders

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Eugene Weekly: Keeping Score

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KLCC: Eugene Ballet & Orchestra NEXT To Perform Swan Lake

By LAUREN PURCELL-JOINER• NOV 6, 2019 https://www.klcc.org/post/eugene-ballet-orchestra-next-perform-swan-lake https://cpa.ds.npr.org/klcc/audio/2019/11/mcwhorter_mix_down.mp3

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DanceWatch: a big yes to November

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Register Guard Review: ‘Firebird’ the star of a splendid evening of ballet

“The star of the evening was the premiere of Suzanne Haag’s “The Firebird,” with Igor Stravinsky’s music played live by Orchestra Next under the brilliant baton of Brian McWhorter leading 59 exceptional musicians.” https://www.registerguard.com/entertainmentlife/20190416/review-firebird-star-of-splendid-evening-of-ballet

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Register Guard: Eugene Ballet’s reimagined version of ‘The Firebird’ celebrates 40 years of dance

“Stravinsky’s score may provide the same perspective for dancers and the 63-person orchestra sweating the complex changes in a crowded pit. In addition to being the resident orchestra for the Eugene Ballet, Orchestra Next is a training orchestra, putting aspiring musicians alongside some of the…

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Oregon Arts Watch: Suzanne Haag plays with fire

Haag has also spent considerable time thinking about Igor Stravinsky’s score. “Having live music for any dance performance elevates the experience for both the audience and the performer. It turns a performance into a living, breathing thing.” Haag said about working with Orchestra Next conductor Brian McWhorter on selecting…

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Eugene Weekly: Love Hurts, EBC and Orchestra Next collaborate on a first-rate Romeo & Juliet

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Register Guard: ‘Romeo & Juliet’: Eugene Ballet moves to a flaming score

https://www.registerguard.com/entertainmentlife/20190131/romeo-amp-juliet-eugene-ballet-moves-to-flaming-score “Guiding this emotional tempest is Eugene’s Orchestra Next performing Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev’s original score, which has never been played live with the Eugene Ballet’s production. “Anytime we get to present a performance with live music, it’s the ultimate goal,” Pimble said. “This will…

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Register Guard: Magic is in the details for Eugene Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’

“The entire performance is set to Tchaikovsky’s original score, performed live by Orchestra Next. “Dancing to live music is incredible,” Kosterman said. “It’s so different than dancing to a CD — it brings a whole other element to the production, and it’s definitely a give…

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The People of Peer Gynt: Brian McWhorter

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EW Selects The Snow Queen as Best Local Classical Recording!

I Dream Of… BEST LOCAL CLASSICAL RECORDING 2017 “You may have missed the show itself last spring when Eugene Ballet staged its $300,000 production of The Snow Queen, an original full-length ballet based on the Hans Christian Andersen tale that inspired Disney’s Frozen. Whether you…

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‘Snow Queen’ music made delightful ballet even better – Register Guard

Denis de Coteau, the late conductor of the San Francisco Ballet, once remarked that “music in ballet is either overlooked or underlooked by various sectors of the arts fraternity… . The critic comments on almost every detail of the ballet and at the end you…

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KLCC: The Snow Queen: Eugene Ballet’s World Premiere, with Score from Kenji Bunch and Orchestra Next

Eugene Ballet will present the world premiere of their original ballet of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen on April 8th and 9th at the Hult Center. It’s the first time Eugene Ballet has created a complete ballet from scratch, including commissioning an original score from Portland…

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Oregon Arts Watch: Cracking the Glass Slipper

Eugene Ballet preview: Cracking the glass slipper

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UO’s well-acted musical ‘The Dead’ hits sentimental note – Register Guard

Despite its name, James Joyce’s renowned 1914 story, “The Dead,” has earned a long life. Still widely read and loved, the story was transformed into a gorgeous film by John Huston in 1987, and in 2000 a musical version by Richard Nelson and Shaun Davey…

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Oregon ArtsWatch: A new ‘Snow Queen,’ part 3: Cooking up a fresh new score

A new ‘Snow Queen,’ part 3: Cooking up a fresh new score  

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Eugene Art Talk: Creating a new “Snow Queen,” with Choreographer Toni Pimble

 

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Register Guard: Ballet premieres focus on different connections

“Brian McWhorter and Orchestra Next brilliantly played jazz selections composed by Wynton Marsalis. McWhorter’s trumpet solos gave me goosebumps, they were so good! What a gift is Orchestra Next!” [download here: Ballet premieres focus on different connections | Arts | Eugene, Oregon] Register Guard: ‘Ballet premieres…

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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 music is like its own…

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