“SEA” is a series of short works by UCF composers addressing various aspects of this issue: the mystery and wonder of oceanic ecosystems, the crisis wrought by the ongoing changes to climate and the hope and fear with which one might reasonably consider the future of life near the sea, in Florida and beyond.
From Robinson Meyer, writing for The Atlantic: “[There is] a pithy observation, beloved by some oceanographers, that we call our home world ‘Earth’ only out of a kind of species-level vanity. It would be far more accurate to call it ‘Sea.’” Ocean water engulfs over 70% of our planet, and this environment is currently changing faster than at any time in recorded history. This change is having, and will continue to have, an immense impact the organisms that call the ocean home. The changing sea will also affect the future of our own species: rising and warming oceans will influence the human condition, sometimes in catastrophic ways, with increasing regularity by the end of the century. Indeed, a child born in 2020 may inhabit an utterly unrecognizable world by the time she celebrates her 80th birthday.
UCF Celebrates the Arts, an annual festival showcasing creativity, innovation and collaboration from Orlando’s hometown university, returns to Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts April 7-19, 2020. See the full festival schedule and learn more at arts.ucf.edu/celebrates.