Bangor Symphony considers climate change in Lucas Richman’s newly released composition

Posted on: November 2, 2020

“ ‘The Warming Sea’ was the first Bangor Symphony Orchestra concert cancelled by the pandemic back in March,” reports Spencer Roberts in Friday’s (10/30) WABI TV (Bangor, ME). “Now, the finale of that concert, titled ‘Hope Begins with Truth,’ has been released as a digital performance … on Facebook. The Bangor Symphony Orchestra [and Music Director and composer Lucas Richman] worked with the Maine Science Festival to create the piece. The composition is inspired by climate change and the fact the Gulf of Maine is the fastest-warming body of water in the world…. Richman collaborated with BSO musicians and guests from around the country, including the Bangor-based choir ‘Divisi’ and the Pittsburgh Youth Chorus. Says Richman, ‘Who better to sing this anthem of hope but the children themselves? And to speak to their parents and the older generation and say essentially, “Have you told them? Have you told them the truth?” They need to know…. Things will not remain the same as they were.’ The Maine Science Festival plans to present a full live performance of ‘The Warming Sea’ as soon as it is safe to do so.” Read about this and other compositions focusing on climate change in Symphony magazine.