Poetry in Motion—Episode 1

Next Week’s Trees—World Premiere


Online and on Walnut Creek TV

30 minutes

What’s Interesting About This Episode

This is the first episode of “Poetry in Motion,” a FREE three-part series, premiering over three consecutive Saturdays, May 8, 15 and 22. Filmed at Bay Area landmark the Oakland Scottish Rite Center, each 20- to 45-minute episode features music for string orchestra that uses poetry as a source of inspiration.

  • Viet Cuong’s first commission for the orchestra, Next Week’s Trees takes its name from American poet Mary Oliver’s Walking to Oak-Head Pond, And Thinking Of The Ponds I Will Visit In The Next Days And Weeks.
  • A National Book Award and Pulitzer prizewinner, Mary Oliver’s works were inspired by nature and a lifelong passion for walks in the wild.
  • A reflection of current times, Viet considers the poem: “A gentle reminder of the uncertainty of the future, the confident hope of the present, and the propulsive force of live that drives us through any doubt that a new day will arrive.”

The Program

Viet CuongNext Week's Trees

Featured Artists

Music Director, Donato Cabrera

Viet Cuong

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