Eugene Contemporary Chamber Ensemble

Eugene Weekly, 06/08/2006 [original]

The UO School of Music has long been known for excellence in terms of letting students take control of their own destinies and create ensembles that match the scores they want to compose. Last year, master’s student Jerry Hui pieced together a 12- to 14-piece vocal and orchestral ensemble and dubbed it the Eugene Contemporary Chamber Ensemble (ECCE).

The group defies many of the traditional aspects of orchestra with its themes and instrumentation. “We explicitly do music from the 20th and 21st centuries,” says Hui, “and every term we’ve been trying to create a program that includes one piece from existing, established composers and then pair those up with pieces composed by people at the U of O.”

Hui has his own score being performed soon: a tune called “Behold!” which involves a brass-heavy sound of trumpets, two trombones and percussion.

“It’s pretty loud for sure,” says Hui, “but we also try to do a lot of chamber music that isn’t a solo or duet.”

The group features a brassline of trumpets and trombones along with woodwinds, strings, keyboardists and singers (Hui is the baritone). With the promotion of new compositions and a lineup unlike most ensembles you might see, the ECCE could be poised for a large- scale tour soon to come

— Dan Hoyt

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