Musical Tale of Hope and Loss

17-year-old harpist Viviana Alfaro performs “Memory of Trees” by Gary Schocker.

“‘Memory of Trees’ is a sweeping melodic work that tells a musical tale of hope and loss,” Viviana says. “While composed in 2020, the story of the piece begins in the past, with a singer standing in a windy forest, singing that soon they may be in an empty place where only wind remains…the recurring melody ebbs and flows like the wind. ‘Memory of Trees’ is a warning that what we see growing will not always remain.”

This performance is part of From the Top’s Earth Day Special.


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