E-Meet the Musician

Music Director Donato Cabrera Invites You to a Virtual Evening with Composer-in-Residence Viet Cuong (2020-23)

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His works are vibrant and dazzling, crafted with as much care and confidence as anything being written these days.”—Kevin Puts (California Symphony Young American Composer-in-Residence, 1996-99)

In February, Viet Cuong was confirmed as incoming resident composer, winning his place after the most competitive selection process we’ve ever held. His three-year residency began August 1, during the shelter-in-place. So what does a resident composer do when the orchestra you’re composing for can’t get together to perform your works?

From the comfort of your couch, we invite you to “e-meet” Viet and learn more about this self-confessed high school “band geek”-turned-award-winning-composer. You’ll learn more about his creative process, hear clips from his works, and join in the conversation led by Music Director Donato Cabrera. You may even have the chance to make a little music together.

Tickets include…

  • LIVE—Online conversation with Viet Cuong, hosted by Donato Cabrera, and featuring excerpts from some of Viet’s works
  • Live Q&A—Your chance to ask questions of our newest resident composer
  • Souvenir Gift Package—Including a pair of souvenir stemless wine glasses and a tasty treat, delivered to you in advance of the event (as supplies last)

Donors of $1k+, FREE
All other donors, $35
General public, $50

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More About Viet Cuong

Viet Cuong, 29, is a self-described former high school “band geek,” who grew up playing piano, percussion, and clarinet. He enjoys exploring the unexpected and whimsical in his music, which has been called “alluring” and “wildly inventive” by the New York Times, and performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Library of Congress. He holds an Artist Diploma from the Curtis Institute, and MFA from Princeton University, and Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Peabody Conservatory. He is currently finishing his PhD at Princeton.

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5 Questions with Viet

“Viet’s music is always full of incredible invention and delight. Every piece I have heard of his sparkles with color and great imagination,”—Christopher Theofanidis (California Symphony Young American Composer-in-Residence, 1994-96)