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, because it’s a nutty ride!

The movements featured in this release are: Overture, Overture to Act II, Chocolate, Coffee, Cavalier, and Sugar Plum. 

Orchestra Next engaged its professionals, fellows, and University of Oregon SAIL ON high school students to produce sections of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker for the Eugene Ballet from April through October of 2020 during the pandemic. Musicians from Oregon, across the U.S. and as far away as Puerto Rico recorded their parts for several movements from their homes. More information at