Bangor Symphony to premiere Richman’s climate-change work at Maine Science Festival

Posted on: March 16, 2022

“One of the first large events in Maine to be canceled at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 was the Maine Science Festival in Bangor,” writes Emily Burnham in Saturday’s (3/12) Bangor Daily News (ME). “Two years later … an in-person Maine Science Festival will return for five days beginning on March 16—including the long-awaited full premiere of Lucas Richman’s symphonic work ‘The Warming Sea,’ the festival’s commission from the Bangor Symphony Orchestra…. One of the … urgent concerns facing humanity is climate change, and ‘The Warming Sea’ … deals with that topic head on. Composer and BSO music director Richman spoke with climate scientists throughout the state … to inform his symphonic work…. In Fall 2020, the BSO recorded the first movement of ‘The Warming Sea’ and shared it as a YouTube video…. On Saturday, March 19, however, an audience will finally get to see and hear the real thing, in full, in person, with the accompanying visual presentation…. The … concert at the Collins Center … will kick off with remarks from Gov. Janet Mills, a panel discussion and short documentary on the making of ‘The Warming Sea,’ followed by the concert and a talk back session.”