Launch of Research Vessel Sikuliaq to feature original music
Robin Wood/Sun Star Reporter
October 10, 2012
Composed to celebrate the launch of UAF’s new ice-capable Research Vessel Sikuliaq, “Song of the Sikuliaq” is the creation of graduate student Emerson Eads. Before the vessel slides off the dock on Oct. 13, 2012 at Marinette Marine Corporation in Marinette, Wis., audio and video recordings of the performance by the Arctic Chamber Orchestra will be played during the launch ceremony.
Comprising three main elements of mezzo-soprano, trumpet and percussion, Eads says “a sense of sobriety” is how one might feel after hearing the piece start to finish. A mezzo-soprano represents the voice of the vessel, trumpet speaks to the impact of man and industry and percussion recreates natural sounds.
The 261-foot Sikuliaq will be owned by the National Science Foundation, operated by UAF and berthed at the Seward Marine Center, in Seward, AK. Up to 24 scientists can spend 30 days at working stations on the new vessel. The ship’s ice capabilities will allow operations in the Bearing, Chukchi and Beaufort seas throughout much of the year. The R/V Sikuliaq will begin research in January, 2014.