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 and take between the conductor and the dancer, and listening and following and leading. It’s really fun.”

Orchestra Next is lead by Brian McWhorter, who founded the orchestra as a training ground for aspiring professional musicians to play alongside professionals in a high-caliber, demanding environment like back-to-back ballet performances. Twenty-five singers from the Cantabile Collective raise voices in a chorus during Act I, said Pimble.”