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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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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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Eugene Weekly: Eugene Ballet Dazzles with Concert Choir/Orchestra Next Collaboration

It’s wonderful, essential, to have live music – an orchestra! Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana”, pulled out all the stops in a tour de force collaboration between EBC, the Eugene Concert Choir (along with talented children from the Festival Choirs, under the direction of Chris Dobson) and…

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Register Guard: Eugene Ballet’s Show a Feast for Eyes and Ears

“Brian McWhorter and Orchestra NEXT provided professional-level accompaniment for the dancers of the world-class ballet company.” Gwen Curran [download here: Scheherazade|RG|21714]

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Eugene Art Talk: A Night in the Pit with Orchestra Next and Eugene Ballet’s The Nutcracker

“McWhorter kept up a zany pace, delivering direction and criticisms in a stream of sometimes-profane consciousness. “It’s a Christmas ornament,” he said of one stretch of music. “It’s a fucking Christmas ornament on a fucking Christmas tree.” The musicians laughed, and poured more Christmas into…

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