US Premiere of Adaption of “The Four Seasons” Showcased on East End Next Month


Dr. Emily Isaacson, Artistic Director, of the Portland Back Experience returns to the East End for the Second Year in a Row.  This Photo was Taken at Last Year’s Production of “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” in June.

An adaption of “The Four Seasons” by Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi, will be presented on Anderson Street in its US Premiere on Frday, June 3rd.  The free US premiere runs from 3:00  pm – 8:00 pm and is produced by the Portland Bach Experience, Dr. Emily Isaacson, Artistic Director.

This performance is a collaboration of composers, scientists and data analysts from Australia who wanted to reflect climate predictions in sound so they developed an algorithm that was location specific, geospatial climate modeling for the year 2050 to alter Vivaldi’s original score according to a press release issued by Dr. Isaacson’s office this morning.  The algorithm makes it possible to generate different versions for specific GPS coordinates.  Called the “Uncertain Four Seasons,” it has been recreated for fourteen orchestras around the world, including those in Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Nairobi, Kenya; and Seoul, South Korea.  The Portland Bach Experience is proud to present the US premiere of this work with a version specific to Portland, Maine.

“As a passionate enviromnmentalist, I wanted this concert to be a catalyst for action, So we invited over 30 environmental nonprofits and businesses to share information and resources about how we can protect our seasons,” said Dr. Isaacson in a press release issued by her office this morning. “I wanted to strike a tone that is motivational and empowering-instead of overwhelming and dread-infused-to counteract climate paralysis.  My hope is that the music will inspire you to take action and that by having all these resources in one location, it will be easy to get involved.”

Dr. Isaacson was recently named “Maine Artist of the Year” by he Maine Arts Commission and one of “50 Mainers Leading the State” by “Maine” magazine.  She is only one of a handful of women conductors in the US.

The Carnival Concert will also include food trucks, breweries, kids activities and a parade featuring the Shoestring Theater’s giant puppets, decked out in seasonal garb. The Portland Bach Experience June Festival runs from May 31 – June 12. For tickets please visit www.portland

For more background information on the Portland Bach Experience (PBE) please visit post herein dated June 11, 2021.