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By Sally Neel
Special to The PREVIEW
For some, the Christmas season is almost over. For others, the season will soon begin.
Regardless of where your traditions take you, most are in need of some time for quiet meditation and reflection on the significance of this holy season.
On Sunday, Dec. 22, at 5 p.m., cellist Sarah Dorian will offer the beautiful rich classical sounds she so expertly brings from her instrument at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church as guest musician at Sunday Night Unplugged.
Sarah Dorian, daughter of Pagosa residents Jim and Becky Dorian, is no stranger to our community and certainly no stranger to the music at St. Patrick’s.
“Sarah comes to Pagosa about twice a year to visit her family and always brings her cello so that she and my wife, Sally, can play. They have truly bonded a wonderful friendship through their music. We at St. Patrick’s are the blessed recipients of their beautiful music making,” said Fr. Doug Neel, rector of St. Patrick’s.
Sarah has a passion for mentoring and teaching young students and has established and grown a highly successful string program at the prestigious Pembroke Hill School in Kansas City. She received her bachelor of music degree from Vanderbilt University and her master’s degree from Notre Dame University. She served as an associate professor of music at Indiana University in South Bend, where she also helped manage the famed Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.
Sarah has performed with the Seattle Choral Company, Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra, South Bend Symphony Orchestra, Kalamazoo Symphony and the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed with festival orchestras at Brevard Music Center, Interlochen and Aspen Music Festival, where she has worked with famed conductor, Robert Shaw, as well as numerous other renowned conductors. Sarah has performed solo recitals in Kansas, Tennessee, Colorado, Indiana, and Washington.
Sunday Night Unplugged is a service of music and meditation offered monthly at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, located at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd. The service is open to all who wish to attend, free of charge, as an opportunity to unwind from the stress of daily life and to center the heart and mind on the holy.