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Sounds of spring are in the air and what better way to celebrate than meditating with the sonorous sounds of the flute this Sunday evening at 5 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church.
Sunday Night Unplugged is a monthly service of music and meditation open to the public. This month, Unplugged will feature the talents of flutist Kathy Wadenpfuhl.
Kathy Wadenpfuhl is a retired band director who moved from Texas to Pagosa Springs two years ago. Upon her arrival, she immediately became involved in the musical life in Pagosa by directing and playing in the Pagosa Springs Community Band. She has also participated in the Pagosa Springs Community Choir and is a member of St. Patrick’s choir, frequently offering not only her voice, but her skills as a flutist to the services.
Kathy comes from a family filled with musicians. Her father conducted award-winning bands in Texas for 33 years. Her mother was a choir and band director and an accomplished pianist. Likewise, her older brother directed award-winning bands in Texas for 32 years. Another brother, now deceased, was a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for 24 years.
So, it was only natural that Kathy should follow the family’s strong musical path. As a band director, her bands received superior ratings and were state finalists on three occasions. She taught flute at Lamar University for 20 years and also maintained a private studio. Her students were recognized both statewide and nationally.
Sunday Night Unplugged is a unique setting for musicians to bring their musical talents. The quiet beauty of the setting provides a spiritual focus to the music being provided. This allows the listener and the player the opportunity to meet in a place that is blessedly beyond the daily trials of life, a place of peace and solitude in which the music can speak to the deepest parts of our being.
“Musicians find that their offerings are given a special attention that is beyond that of the concert hall,” says Fr. Doug Neel, rector of St. Patrick’s. “There is a vibrant connection that is made between the musician and the listener that doesn’t always happen in other settings. Over the years, Sunday Night Unplugged has enjoyed a diverse group of people who come to be spiritually fed. We invite everyone to come and enjoy the beauty and the peace offered by this service.”
Sunday Night Unplugged is just what the name implies. The service, held the second Sunday evening of the month, offers participants the chance to “unplug” from outside distractions and meditate through music, scripture, poetry or stories, prayers and silence. The setting is one of beauty, offering views of the San Juan Mountains, tall pines and a specially decorated altar in the candlelit glow of evening. There are no expectations from those who attend, as they are allowed to participate however they see fit. There is no charge, though donations are gratefully accepted.
St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church is located at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd. For more information, go to www.stpatrickspagosa.org or call 731-5801.