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St. Patrick’s to host Good Friday organ recital

On Friday, April 21 at 5:30 p.m., Sally Neel, organist at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church will present a 30-minute meditative organ recital prior to the Good Friday Holy Week liturgy that begins at 6 p.m.

Included on the program will be “Chorale Dorian” by French composer, Jehan Alain, “O Man, Bewail Thy Grievous Fall” by J.S. Bach, an organ transcription of Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings,” and “Passacaglia on The Passion Chorale” by Raymond H. Haas.

Neel studied organ at Texas Christian University and has served as organist and choir director in numerous churches in Texas and Oklahoma, performed concerts across the United States, and served as organist for the Dallas Symphony Chorus during their European tour to Austria and Germany in 1985. She and her husband, The Rev. Doug Neel, moved to Pagosa Springs in 2008. Since their arrival, she has served on the steering committee for Music in the Mountains, on the executive board for Music Boosters, and has performed in and directed music for numerous Music Boosters productions. She is currently assisting with the high school’s upcoming production of “Les Miserables,” and will be directing the music for Music Booster’s summer production of “South Pacific.”

Neel has also prepared special organ music for the Easter service on Sunday, April 24. She will begin the morning service with “Fugue in G minor” by J.S. Bach and end with the famous “Toccata” from Charles Marie Widor’s Fifth Symphony.

St. Patrick’s Choir also has prepared special music for Holy Week and Easter services.

“Some of the most beautiful church music ever written has been composed for Holy Week and Easter services,” says Fr. Doug. “We are so blessed to enjoy such fine music literature here at St. Patrick’s.”.

St. Patrick’s is located at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd. Call 731-5801 for more information about Holy Week services.

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