Program Notes and Episode Extras – Episode One

Program Notes and Episode Extras – Episode One

Cuong—Next Week's Trees (World Premiere)

Cuong—Next Week's Trees (World Premiere)

Saturday, May 8 at 7 pm (PT)

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Viet Cuong—Next Week’s Trees
Donato Cabrera, Music Director
Viet Cuong, Composer-in-Residence

Music inspired by Mary Oliver’s Walking to Oak-Head Pond, And Thinking of the Ponds I Will Visit in the Next Days and Weeks.

“In this particular time of great loss, I was deeply inspired by Oliver’s words—words that are a gentle reminder of the uncertainty of the future, the confident hope of the present, and the propulsive force of life that drives us through any doubt that a new day will arrive.”—Viet Cuong, California Symphony Composer-in-Residence, 2020-23

Ways to Watch

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View Online

This episode is free to watch anywhere in the world at For the best experience, watch the live premiere and join Music Director Donato Cabrera and special guests in the chat window during the show. No account or registration is required.

Watch on TV

In Walnut Creek on Walnut Creek TV

    • Comcast Channel 28 (Channel 26 in Rossmoor)
    • Astound Channel 29
    • AT&T U-verse Channel 99 under the menu option Walnut Creek Television

In Contra Costa County on CCTV

    • Comcast Channel 27
    • AT&T U-Verse Channel 99
    • WAVE Channel 32

Program Notes

“Next Week’s Trees exudes an altogether Mary Oliver-ish optimism, a sturdiness so characteristic of a writer whose daily walks through the New England countryside provided no end of inspiration, a world of birds and butterflies, mushrooms and mosses, of egrets and peonies and fish.”

Read the rest of Scott’s program notes for Next Week’s Trees.

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