In recognition of Maine’s world-leading climate researchers, the Bicentennial, and the impact of climate change on the Gulf of Maine (warming faster than almost any other body of water on earth), Kate Dickerson, in her role as Founder & Director of the Maine Science Festival, commissioned Grammy award winner Lucas Richman (composer and music director for the Bangor Symphony Orchestra) to write a symphonic piece about climate change in the Gulf of Maine. A vital part of this project was facilitating interviews between Lucas and those who have direct knowledge of climate change in the Gulf of Maine: Maine scientists and those who work in the Gulf. Lucas met with these practitioners in the summer and fall of 2019, and these interviews provided the foundation for The Warming Sea.
Kate Dickerson connected Lucas with long time fisheries experts Robin Alden and Ted Ames; scientists and experts from the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Friends of Casco Bay, and the Maine Coast Heritage Trust.
The world premiere of The Warming Sea is currently scheduled for the fall of 2021. Commissioning support was provided by the Onion Foundation, the Maine Humanities Council, and the Bicentennial Commission.
The Maine Science Festival is an independently funded program of the Maine Discovery Museum and is the first and only science festival in Maine. The MSF launched in 2015 and is a celebration of the national and world-leading science by the Mainers who do it. With forums, shows, talks, art exhibits, and an array of workshops and hands-on activities, we bring Maine science to the public. In our first five festivals, more than 50,000 people have celebrated Maine science with us, and we are proud to highlight not only the remarkable work happening every day throughout Maine but the remarkable people who make it happen.