Sunday Night Unplugged at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church will feature local musicians, Larry Elginer and Rada Neal, this Sunday, Aug. 9, at 5 p.m. This unique service offers participants the opportunity to enjoy music by local artists, as well as a time to pray and meditate.
Larry Elginer is a well-known staple in the Pagosa Springs music world, often seen playing his trumpet or singing with John Graves’ jazz quartet at Nello’s Bistro on Wednesday nights. As conductor of Pagosa Springs Choral Ensemble and Jazz Choir, Elginer provides opportunities for community singers to join together to work towards two concerts performances each year.
Elginer grew up in Greeley, Colorado and received his BA and MA degrees from Northern Colorado University. He brought his musical passion and extraordinary gifts to Pagosa Springs after serving for thirty eight years as an instrumental and choral teacher in southern California.
Elginer will be accompanied by another local favorite, pianist-composer-teacher, Rada Neal. Rada is often heard playing piano at local venues, charming her audiences with her own compositions as well as standard favorites. She is the pianist at St. Patrick’s, accompanying the choir and serving as musical coordinator for Sunday Night Unplugged services.
According to St. Patrick’s rector, Fr. Doug Neel, Sunday Night Unplugged is designed to offer an alternative to traditional worship for those who are not able to attend church on Sunday mornings and for those who seek new and different ways to encounter God.
“Historically, music has been used as a vehicle to meditation, a means through which we focus our thoughts towards God,” says Neel.
“We have so many gifted artists in our community whose talents go well beyond the entertainment style of performance,” he continued. “Sunday Night Unplugged provides a venue where arts can be intertwined with the spiritual, where we can prayerfully offer our gifts and talents to the glory of God.”
Sunday Night Unplugged services are offered to the general public by St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, located at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd. If you have further questions, you can contact the church office at 731-5801.