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

The Alaska Suite features a five-piece chamber jazz ensemble performing the original music of Seattle pianist and composer Nelda Swiggett. But this is not just a concert. Combining the emotional power of multiple mediums – live music, spoken words, images and poetry – the Alaska Suite seeks to inspire its audience to be proactive about addressing climate change. The performance celebrates the beauty and majesty of Alaska; laments the rapid impacts of global warming in Alaska (and all of the Arctic); alerts the audience to similar impacts where they live; and last, and most importantly, uplifts spirits with reasons for hope and calls to action.

The Alaska Suite debuted in April 2017 on Earth Day weekend at Seattle First Baptist Church. The performance was enthusiastically received, and called a “pioneering” and “arresting” way to build awareness about global warming.

“I was thrilled with the performance of the Alaska Suite this morning! The combination of the music, your spoken words, and the images was magnificent.  What a beautiful way to communicate many facets of climate change, and to draw people in. The quality of the performance was magnificent as well.”     – Elizabeth Burton

“Congratulations on a powerful, unique, multi-sensory, beautiful and pioneering experience… this really is refreshing and arresting and it has limitless potential for other audiences…”     – George Lawson

Excerpts from the Alaska Suite
Video, audio and images taken from the Alaska Suite debut on April 23, 2017.









Hope Springs Eternal


Nelda Swiggett (compositions, piano, narrative, slide show)
Rachel Swerdlow (viola)
Maria Scherer Wilson (cello)
Chris Symer (bass)
Adam Kessler (drums)
Jill McGrath (poetry)
Kellie Whitlock (videographer)

Booking the Alaska Suite

Contact Nelda Swiggett for information about booking the Alaska Suite. The standard performance is 90 minutes in length without an intermission. 75 or 60 minute programs also available. You are welcome to ask about customizing the Alaska Suite for a particular venue, audience or budget.