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Sunday Night Unplugged to feature Perry Schjolin

Sunday Night Unplugged, a service of music and meditation at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, will feature the talents of pianist-vocalist Perry Schjolin this Sunday, Feb. 20, at 5 p.m.

Schjolin is one of Pagosa Springs musical jewels. He moved to our community in 2007, bringing his considerable skills as a composer, pianist, vocalist and conductor. From the time of his arrival, he added his gifts to the town’s mix of amazing musicians offering his beautiful voice as a member and a featured soloist of Pagosa Springs Community Choir. He has also served as their assistant conductor, helping them prepare their seasonal concerts.

Schjolin’s gifts as a musician are an extension of his faith and spiritual journey. His deep devotion to his Creator becomes immediately apparent when his fingers travel across the piano keyboard and he lifts his voice in song. At his last appearance at Sunday Night Unplugged, those in attendance were mesmerized by the spiritual beauty of his music and enthusiastically expressed their desire for his return.

Schjolin graduated from the prestigious Grove School of Music in Los Angeles with an emphasis in musical composition and arrangement. He has performed with the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra, The Los Angeles Master Chorale, and the Hollywood Symphony Orchestra. He has also sung backup for such notable singers as Barry Manilow, Sarah Brightman, and Trace Adkins.

St. Patrick’s offers Sunday Night Unplugged to the community as an opportunity to enjoy the talents of local musicians in a contemplative setting. Music and scripture, along with meditational readings and prayers are punctuated by periods of silence to create this unique spiritual setting.

“We think of this service as a gift to our community,” says Fr. Doug Neel, rector of St. Patrick’s. “There are no preconceived expectations placed on those in attendance. We simply “offer this lovely setting as a place for reflection and an opportunity to offer our gratitude to our Creator.”

St. Patrick’s is located at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd., next to Pagosa Mountain Hospital.

For more information call 731-5801, or go to www.stpatrickspagosa.org.

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