...and the Band Played ON

...and the Band Played ON

Orchestra Next brings together music and commentary in this podcast for the pandemic.

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April 28, 2022 31 min

For this episode, Brian McWhorter talks with Dr. Susan Pickett – musicologist and professor emerita from Whitman College – to discuss composer Louise Farrenc (1804-1875). The upcoming Eugene Ballet/Orchestra Next production of Taming of the Shrew features Farrenc’s music throughout, including all three of her symphonies as well as the Nonet. More information about the show can be found at eugeneballet.org

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For this episode, our guest is Pius Cheung, composer for Heaven and Earth – a new ballet set to premiere this April 16 and 17 with the Eugene Ballet at the Hult Center. We talk about the process for composing the piece and how it all came together with choreographer Suzanne Haag. Heaven and Earth featuring Orchestra Next’s percussion ensemble has just been released on CD and you can find more information on our website.

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This episode was recorded immediately following the dress rehearsal for Eugene Ballet’s production of Cinderella on Nov. 4, 2021. The performances mark 23 months(!) since Orchestra Next’s last performance with the Ballet at the Hult Center…and there are a LOT of feelings about it all. Joining music director Brian McWhorter for this lively chat are general manager Sarah Viens and assistant conductor Daniel Cho.

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For this episode, we welcome ON alum Tony Glausi who many of our fans will remember from The Great Gatsby production. A few years ago, Tony made his way to New York City and finding a great deal of success – so we chat about this transition, some of the things he’s learned, and what he’s working on now. If you’d like to hear more of Tony’s work (and we strongly recommend that you do!) go to www.tonyglausi.com

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For this episode, we are proud to release 4 devised pieces that our student musicians worked on over the last several months. We worked with three dancers from #instaballet: Jade McAnally, Kyra Laubacher, and Tessa Castellano – and, once they recorded their videos, we got to work making music. Joining us to talk about the project (and listening to the music for the first time) are Jade and Kyra. If you’d like to see the videos, go ...

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For this episode, Steve Vacchi takes us on a tour of his weird collection of instruments – from the contra-alto clarinet to something called the “hecklephone.” Not only does Steve like to collect some of these strange horns, he also happens to sound incredible on them! Steve Vacchi is professor of bassoon at the University of Oregon and principal bassoon with Orchestra Next.

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For this episode, we are featuring Lisa McWhorter and Hung-Yun Chu on a performance of Lili Boulanger’s Nocturne which is the first recording of chamber music recorded at the new Orchestra Next Studio which is in the new Midtown Arts Center! Our featured guest is John Reynolds – Orchestra Next’s Board President – who has helped keep us all sane during this past season.

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February 21, 2021 35 min

For this episode, we are featuring Sarah Viens’ inspiring recording of Libby Larsen’s Fanfare for the Women which she recorded at Tykeson Hall at the Oregon Bach Festival’s Berwick Hall. Our featured guest is musician and ON board member Ray Morse who goes into thoughtful detail about the piece. Finally, Sarah Viens joins in at the end to discuss her process.

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January 31, 2021 29 min

PERSONAL GAME is a live theatre experience showcasing Ashley Baker’s costume designs, with original music by Orchestra Next. This unusual project – which is only open to members of the UO community because of current restrictions – features performers in costumes which abstractly express different paths people take in adapting themselves for role-playing games. In this episode, Brian McWhorter and John Schmor, the director of Per...

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Della Davis and Kathryn Brunhaver perform Reinhold Glière’s two movements from Huit Morceaux, Op. 39for violin and cello – followed by a conversation with Ulrick Casimir, instructor of English at the UO. The conversation starts with some reflections on the inauguration – particularly with Amanda Gorman’s part of the ceremony – and into ideas about expression, voice, and…Bruce Springsteen.

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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 and to get more information about Seth's workshop, go to www.sethkimmel.com Orchestra Next wants to thank all...
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December 24, 2020 3 min
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 just any music... Grab a cup of cocoa, sit down by the fire, and prepare yourself for the real story of HomeNut. What’s HomeNut you ask? You mean you di...
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December 20, 2020 26 min
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 Pl...
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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 a discussion about the subjective experience of time and "the space in between the techniques." Or...
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December 6, 2020 36 min
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 and gorgeous footage from landmarks around Nashville. You can stream the show at www.mollybarth.com or here: youtu.be/D...
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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 SOMD is the front runner for these activities  on campus and is serving as a model for other departments as they experiment with opening up.  We finish up by listening to,...
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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 deep dive into his newly released documentary about a group of street musicians in New Orleans. The film is called The Saints and Sinners of Jackson Square and ...
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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 Ward-Bergeman who has invented a radical new kind of instrument - and you're going to need to hear it to believe it. Michael Ward-Bergeman has also recently released a doc...
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November 8, 2020 35 min
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 of the Metropolitan Opera. Finally, Sarah Viens brings it home with a familiar song for the moment.    Orchestra Next wants to thank all of our musicians...
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October 31, 2020 34 min
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 Rhumba for solo harp along with commentary from State Representative Marty Wilde. Orchestra Next wants to thank a...
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