“Alaska Suite: a story of beauty, loss and hope,” a multimedia jazz piece performed by the Nelda Swiggett Quintet, has several local performances coming up in September in Southwest Washington. 

The five-piece chamber jazz ensemble will is led by Seattle-area pianist, singer, and composer Nelda Swiggett. 

“ ‘Alaska Suite’ is not just a concert. The piece engages the power of artistic expression — live music, spoken words, images, poetry and audience participation — to connect audience members deeply and emotionally to the remarkable transformation that Alaska’s majestic landscapes are currently experiencing due to climate change,” according to a news release. 

Concerts are scheduled in  Packwood and Centralia in Lewis County, and also in Longview and Olympia. 

The 90-minute concerts are scheduled for: 6 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Packwood Community Presbyterian Church, 13096 U.S. 12 in Packwood, 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Longview, 2 p.m. Sept. 29 at Santa Lucia Coffee in Centralia and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Olympia Unitarian-Universalist Church. 

Entry is by suggested donation of $10-20. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Event information at www.facebook.com/events/357437081826938/

The Packwood concert is hosted by volunteers from the Lewis County chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby, a “non-profit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on climate solutions,” according to a news release from the group. 

More information about “Alaska Suite” is available at http://alaskasuite.neldaswiggett.com/ 

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