The five-piece Nelda Swiggett Stringtet to performs Swiggett’s new composition dealing with the global climate crisis, “Alaska Suite: A story of beauty, loss and hope,” at 9:30 a.m.
Swiggett, a pianist and vocalist, combines her musical talents with her concern for the future of humanity in the face of climate change. She chose to focus on Alaska because that state is already experiencing severe effects of higher temperatures, melting permafrost, rising seas and burning forests. Through narration preceding each of the five parts of the work, she looks at parallels in the Pacific Northwest and discusses how we can respond to this existential threat.
“Learning about climate change,” Swiggett writes, “can leave one depressed and hopeless. For many, it’s easier to ignore it, or simply deny it. Fortunately, music can help people experience sad feelings yet remain emotionally present. My hope is that presenting hard truths about climate change accompanied by compelling music and calls to action will leave listeners hopeful and motivated.”