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Sunday Night Unplugged — a spiritual journey in music

St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church will offer another evening of music and meditation this Sunday, Sept. 9, at 5 p.m., as Sunday Night Unplugged presents a local artist, Perry Schjolin.

As a singer, pianist, songwriter and conductor, Perry Schjolin brings his considerable musical gifts to our community and shares them willingly.

Since his arrival in Pagosa Springs in 2007, Schjolin has been an active member of the Pagosa Springs Community Choir and Jazz Ensemble, his beautiful tenor voice often featured in solo roles.  Whether playing the piano, singing or leading a musical ensemble, Schjolin’s sense of lyrical phrasing and his connection with his own personal faith shine through. 

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. 

“We have enjoyed Perry’s gifts at two other Sunday Night Unplugged services,” says Fr. Doug Neel, rector of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church.  “He offers beautiful piano and vocal music that allows listeners to contemplate the holy.  We are delighted that he has agreed to come and share his gifts with us again.”

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 Neel. “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.

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

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