Sunday Night Unplugged to feature NightSong Trio

Photo courtesy Heidi Tanner
NightSong Trio will be the featured music at this month’s Sunday Night Unplugged service, which will be held at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church this Sunday, Sept. 10, at 5 p.m.

By Heidi Tanner
Special to The PREVIEW
On the second Sunday of each month, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church hosts a special meditative service that features local musicians. The service begins at 5 p.m. and is open to the public.
The sanctuary is decorated by members of the Episcopal church, who always create an inviting atmosphere. There are readings given that are tailored to the current month or to current events of the day, which give pause to critical thinking and introspection.
But the central feature of the Sunday Night Unplugged service is to listen to beautiful music that is performed by local musicians and spans from classical string and woodwind music, to native flute, to jazz saxophone and trumpet and even exotic string instruments such as the sitar. The music which is performed is intended to promote a quiet time for meditation and thoughtfulness and when combined with the artfulness of the decorations and the readings which spur us to consider our inward workings this service is very meaningful and spiritual.
This Sunday’s Unplugged service will feature the NightSong Trio, whose members are Sally Neel on piano, Jessica Peterson playing flute and Heidi Tanner on the violin. Our trio has played together for approximately five years and, over this time, we have grown musically and become fast friends.
The group stumbled together, in a sense, when we were each playing independently in a program and decided to collaborate on a piece written by Sally Neel. When we did, we had so much fun and received so much enjoyment from playing together that we have never stopped.
Each of us is involved in a variety of musical endeavors in and around Pagosa Springs.
Neel is the music director at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church and has served as the music director of Curtains Up Pagosa, whose productions she has overseen for the last several years. She hails from the Dallas, Texas, area and is an accomplished pianist and organist.
Peterson grew up in Pagosa Springs, but then moved to New York City and later attended North Texas State, where she studied music. Currently, Peterson teaches flute, is a member of the Pagosa Springs Community Band and is the owner and craftsman of a company that makes handmade native flutes.
Tanner is a member of the Community Band and serves on its board, plays in Curtains Up Pagosa productions and the high school productions, and collaborates with other chamber ensembles. Tanner studied music in her youth in the Tulsa, Okla., area.
We invite you to attend this Sunday’s service and enjoy the blending of the piano, flute and violin in a variety of classical pieces which range from the baroque period to traditional Celtic flavored pieces and perhaps a sprinkling of more modern pieces by living composers.
The service begins at 5 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, located at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd. All are welcome.

This story was posted on September 9, 2017.