Saturday, September 30
Doors: 7pm Show: 7:30pm


Doors: 7pm // Show: 7:30pm

$5 to $33

The approximate run time is 60 minutes with no intermission. 

What will our future sound like if we don’t act now on climate change?

The [uncertain] Four Seasons is an algorithmic re-composition of Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” that uses geospatial climate modeling from 2050 to depict the impact of climate change.  Wanting an experience that would galvanize audience members rather than scold them, conductor Emily Isaacson created a composite arrangement of Vivaldi’s original music with The [uncertain] Four Seasons and new poetry written and performed by St. Kate’s students working with Dr. Kristen Lillvis. Part performance, part community event, The [uncertain] Four Seasons is designed to disturb but inspire, disquiet but motivate. Like an orchestra, the action of one person can make a difference, but together, we can make a movement.

This project is produced in partnership with Minnesota Opera. Members of the MN Opera Orchestra will join Classical Uprising’s soloist, GRAMMY-nominated violinist Jesse Irons, to perform this piece under Emily Isaacson’s musical direction.

*ASL interpretation will be provided at this show.

More information and tickets can be found here



Dr. Emily Isaacson is known for forging a magnetic rapport with audiences and musicians alike. Considered a leader in arts entrepreneurship, she is Artist of the Year by the Maine Arts Commission, one of the 50 Mainers Leading the State by Maine Magazine, and the 2018 face of Women’s Work edition by Maine Women Magazine. Isaacson is the founder and artistic director of Classical Uprising, a performing arts company that believes classical music must rise up, challenge current norms, and re-envision where, how, and for whom we are making music. With over 50 concerts and events year-round, Classical Uprising serves over 6,000 musicians and music lovers through its programs: ~Oratorio Chorale: symphonic chorus presenting five programs (16 concerts) a year ~Portland Bach Experience, a series of immersive classical music festivals ~Horizon Voices: four ensembles for grades k-12 developing the next generation of creative citizens Equally at home in orchestral and choral conducting, chamber and large ensembles, and with early to contemporary music, Isaacson’s performances have been heralded as “one of the most moving musical events of the decade” (Portland Press Herald), “little short of phenomenal” (Maine Classical Beat), and “not just music…the full panoply of human creative endeavor” (Wiscasset Newspaper). A strong advocate of new music, in 2008 Isaacson helped to launch Roomful of Teeth, a GRAMMY-winning vocal ensemble which received the 2014 GRAMMY for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance, and whose Partita for 8 Voices was awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Music. A St. Andrews Society Scholar, Isaacson holds a bachelors in english from Williams College; a masters degree in musicology from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland; a masters degree in conducting from the University of Oregon; and a doctorate from the University of Illinois. Her dissertation, “The Binding of Isaac: Comparative Musical Perspectives on Conflict and Faith in the Age of Modernity,” focuses on the music of Israeli composers Aharon Harlap and Menachem Zur and American composer Steve Reich, as well as Akedah compositions by Carissimi, Charpentier, Britten and Stravisnky and visual art by Ghiberti, Brunelleschi, Caravaggio, Rembrandt and George Segal. Additional research projects have brought her to Cuba, Sweden, Estonia, and Italy. Committed to bringing music education into underserved communities, Isaacson started the music department for the Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools in Washington, D.C. in 2005. In 2014 she helped to launch the Snow Pond Community Music School in central Maine. Isaacson has taught music composition in the Boston public schools through VSA Massachusetts and conducted through Boston City Singers and was Director of Choral Activities at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. She now serves as a guest conductor and clinician at choral festivals through New England. Isaacson belongs to Beyond Artists, a coalition of artists that donates a percentage of their concert fees to organizations they care about. She supports the Natural Resources Council of Maine and Alight Humanitarian Relief through her


Jesse Irons is a founder of the self-conducted orchestra A Far Cry, and has appeared in concert across the United States and Europe, as well as in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Singapore. His playing was described as “insinuating” by the New York Times, and he’s pretty sure they meant it in a good way. His mentors at the Peabody and New England Conservatories included Pamela Frank and Nicholas Kitchen. Mr. Irons enjoys exploring music outside the classical mainstream, and has performed with touring Broadway musicals, Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, as well as with new-music luminaries Alarm Will Sound. His baroque-violin-playing alter ego appears with the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, and numerous small ensembles around Boston, including the recently formed quintet Gut Reaction.



Minnesota Opera Orchestra is an accomplished ensemble governed by a Master Agreement between Minnesota Opera and the American Federation of Musicians. The MN Opera Orchestra also functions as a highly collaborative ensemble working closely with artistic teams in the creation of new work. The Orchestra is also featured nationally on two PBS Great Performance specials, Silent Night (2011) and Doubt (2019). “Minnesota Opera Orchestra brings out all of the whimsical sweetness of Rossini’s score, acting as the musical engine that keeps this comedy skipping gleefully forward and making sure that the focus upon fun is unwavering.” – Pioneer Press “… The Minnesota Opera Orchestra … is excellent throughout, especially during the opera’s bittersweet conclusion: a soft, sad fading from earshot that needs no words to draw tears…” – Pioneer Press Violin I Allison Ostrander, concertmaster Natalia Moiseeve, assistant concertmaster Julia Persitz David Mickens Colin McGuire Angela Waterman Hanson Heidi Amundson Conor O’Brien Violin 2 Laurie Petruconis, principal Elise Parker, assistant principal Elizabeth Decker Melinda Marshall Emilia Mettenbrink Viola Emily Hagen Laurel Browne Jenny Lind Nilsson Susan Janda Cello Teresa Richardson, assistant principle Sally Dorer Rebecca Arons Bass John Michael Smith, principal Constance Martin Flute Oboe Michael Dayton, principal Jeffrey Marshak Clarinet Karrin Meffert-Nelson, principal Nina Olsen Bassoon Coreen Nordling, principal Laurie Hatcher Merz Horn Mike Alexander, principal Charles Hodgson Timothy Bradley Trumpet John G. Koopmann, principal Christopher Volpe Trombone Phillip Ostrander, principal John Tranter David Stevens Timpani Kory Andry, principal Percussion Matthew Barber, principal Harp Min Kim, principal
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