The Alaska Suite: a story of beauty, loss and hope

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The Alaska Suite: a story of beauty, loss and hope

A hauntingly beautiful jazz composition performed by the Nelda Swiggett Quintet

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Shalom United Church of Christ 505 McMurray Street Richland, WA 99354

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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Mobile eTicket

Seattle-based, award-winning composer Nelda Swiggett brings her five-piece chamber jazz ensemble to Shalom United Church of Christ for a special performance of her original work, “The Alaska Suite: a story of beauty, loss and hope” – a musical reverie on the tenuous beauty of the Arctic. But this is not just a concert. The performance engages the power of artistic expression — live music, spoken words, images and poetry — to connect audiences deeply and emotionally to the scientific realities of climate change. The Alaska Suite debuted in 2017, and has since inspired over 1600 people with its message of hope and call to action. Featuring Nelda Swiggett (compositions, piano, narrative), Julian Smedley (violin), Clif Swiggett (trombone), Chris Symer (bass), Adam Kessler (drums), and the poetry of Jill McGrath.

As transportation is the primary contributor to climate changing pollution in WA state, this concert is raising funds to get more Columbia Basin College students on bikes, the most efficient form of transportation. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to Wheelhouse Community Bike Shop, which trains students of all ages to refurbish, repair, maintain and safely ride bicycles. Students earn bicycles and gear by completing their training and refurbishing two bikes under the guidance of Wheelhouse volunteer trainers. Each $150 in ticket sales will pay for the cost of a bike, helmet, lock, pump, and lights. Wheelhouse volunteers will be available at the event to answer questions and display a refurbished bike.

“… wonderfully inspiring…. The content was informative without being preachy; the music was magical…”

“... a powerful, unique, multi-sensory, beautiful and pioneering experience… this really is refreshing and arresting…”

For more information, visit Alaska Suite.

Seating is limited to 140 people.

Cosponsored by Shalom United Church of Christ and the Tri-Cities Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby