ORONO — The Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions at the University of Maine will host a talk by renowned composer Lucas Richman and Maine Science Festival Director Kate Dickerson about the collaborative effort to create “The Warming Sea” project from 3–4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 7.

In January 2019, the Maine Science Festival commissioned Richman to create a symphonic piece about climate change. The festival team arranged a series of discussions between Richman and climate experts up and down the coast of Maine. These conversations, as well as perspectives provided by middle school students statewide, informed this new symphonic work, which the Bangor Symphony Orchestra will premiere in March. In this talk, Dickerson and Richman will discuss the genesis of the project, the experts who were part of it and how the piece was composed.

Dickerson is director and founder of the Maine Science Festival. She has worked with nonprofits, industry, and educational institutions, and has expertise in environmental policy, pollution prevention and environmental cleanup. In her work with the Maine Science Festival, she has built a collaborative partnership of diverse organizations and companies throughout the state, culminating in an annual celebration of Maine science, technology, and engineering.

Richman, a Grammy Award-winning composer, has served as music director for the Bangor Symphony Orchestra since 2010 and has had his music performed by over 200 orchestras nationwide. Over the course of nearly four decades, he has garnered an international reputation for his graceful musical leadership, earning rave reviews for his collaborations with artists in both the classical and commercial music arenas.

All talks in the Mitchell Center’s Sustainability Talks series are free and will be offered both remotely via Zoom and in person at 107 Norman Smith Hall campus. Registration is required to attend remotely via Zoom. To register and receive connection information, visit the event webpage at https://umaine.edu/mitchellcenter/event/talk-the-warming-sea-a-symphonic-exploration-of-hope-in-the-face-of-the-climate-crisis/.

Please note that face coverings are required for everyone when indoors at a University of Maine System facility. For the latest health and safety guidance, please see umaine.edu/return.


Updates for this event will be posted to the event webpage. To request a reasonable accommodation, contact Ruth Hallsworth at 207-581-3196 or hallsworth@maine.edu.