Sunday Night Unplugged service

St. Patrick’s Church will host the third Sunday Night Unplugged service Sunday, March 22, at 5 p.m. at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd.

Rada Neal, pianist, and Bob Nordmann, alto saxophonist, team up for a pre-service musical program with classical songs from Bach up to the 20th century.

The worship service itself will be a Taize service which is a form of contemplative worship that is made up of short chants repeated again and again, with a meditative flair. By using just a few words, chants create a basic message of faith, which is then repeated until a sense of meditation penetrates the mind of the worshipper. The music emphasizes the simple phrases often taken from Psalms or other scripture. The repetition aids in the meditation and prayer. Much of the earlier Taize music was composed by Jacques Berthier.

During that part of the service, Nordmann and Neal will participate as well. As he spoke about his participation in Sunday Night Unplugged, Nordmann noted that the beauty of the alto saxophone is that it has a “very rich mellow sonority” and it “lends itself well to a meditative-type performance.” Nordmann played the saxophone in high school and when he retired he picked it up again. In the past five years, Nordmann has played at his church, Community United Methodist Church, concerts with the Elation Center for the Arts, Art in the Garden and a number of musicals in the pit at the high school for Music Boosters and high school musicals.

Neal returns to the Sunday Night Unplugged service after last month’s amazing mother daughter performance with Sasha Clines. Neal’s accomplishments, as well as her CDs, can be found on her Web site www.pianopassions.com.

Father Doug Neel, priest in charge, welcomes and encourages everyone to attend this service to help explore ways to join in worship together across the community. If you have questions, call the church office at 731-5801.