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CANCELED: Symphony Concert – Climate Change & Maine Bicentennial

March 22, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

ANNOUNCEMENT (3/12/2020): Following directives from the University of Maine and recommendations from the State CDC and Governor’s Office, the Bangor Symphony Orchestra is cancelling Sounds of the Sea on March 22nd due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19 and the safety of our patrons and performers.

  • We would be grateful if you would consider letting us convert your ticket purchase to a donation as we face increasingly uncertain times with additional concert and event cancellations. We are also happy to issue a voucher for a future performance. Please let us know of your request via e-mail to development@bangorsymphony.org
  • To request a refund for this performance, please e-mail cca@maine.edu or call 1-800-622-TIXX


Event Details:

Unique partnership with Maine Science Festival on March 22nd will feature the world premiere of Lucas Richman’s “The Warming Sea”

BANGOR, ME – Music and science will merge on stage at the Collins Center for the Arts on Sunday, March 22nd, when the Bangor Symphony Orchestra presents “Sounds of the Sea”. The concert is part of the Symphony’s 124th season and doubles as the headliner event of the 2020 Maine Science Festival. Tickets are now on sale at bangorsymphony.org/sea and 1-800-622-TIXX.

The program will highlight diverse works that explore how composers have drawn inspiration from the natural world and the sea, including Debussy’s La Mer, Smetana’s The Moldau, and Nancy Galbraith’s Tormenta Del Sur. Rockland-native Walter Piston’s rarely performed Bicentennial Overture will open the concert in a nod to the state’s Bicentennial celebrations.

The centerpiece of the program is a new work by conductor and composer Lucas Richman, The Warming Sea. Richman’s piece was commissioned by the Maine Science Festival and evokes the effects of climate change on the Gulf of Maine. The multi-media composition was created with input from oceanographers, climate scientists, and naturalists from across the state of Maine. As part of his creative process, Richman also visited schools from Waterville to Tremont to hear from youth directly on their concerns about the environment and hopes for the future. Joining the BSO for this performance are members of the Bangor Area Youth Choirs and a women’s chorus led by Divisi artistic director Molly Webster.

“Sounds of the Sea” will take place on Sunday, March 22, 2020 at 3 p.m. at the Collins Center for the Arts. Tickets range in price from $15 to $46. Students in grades K-12 have access to $5 tickets through the Know Your Orchestra! Voucher program. A pre-concert talk will be held at 2 p.m. in the hall and a post-concert discussion will occur in the Miller’s Café. More information can be found at bangorsymphony.org/sea.

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