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Sunday Night Unplugged to offer music and prayers for peace

This Sunday, Jan. 16, at 5 p.m., Sunday Night Unplugged will feature Divertimento, a local string and bassoon quartet.

Sunday Night Unplugged, a monthly service of music and meditation at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, is offered to the public as a time for spiritual renewal and contemplation. Each month, Sunday Night Unplugged features artists from the community who bring their own unique musical gifts to the setting of readings, prayer, and silent meditation. This is Divertimento’s second appearance at Sunday Night Unplugged. Their presentation includes lovely classical selections that complement the serene setting of this monthly service.

The very nature of Divertimento is one of bringing beauty from collaboration. Orchestral instruments are especially lovely when played in ensemble with other instruments. Certainly, a classical musician in a small town can feel a sense of isolation if there is nowhere to enjoy that special collaboration. Fortunately, violinists, Heidi Tanner and Nancy Smith, cellist, Kate Kelley, and bassoonist Valley Lowrance found each other, and in 2009 formed the classical ensemble Divertimento. This special union has blessed the Pagosa Springs community with its own classical music ensemble.

In light of the sad and disturbing event in Tuscon last weekend, the Sunday Night Unplugged readings will focus on peace and tolerance. Prayers will be lifted for our nation and for those who were wounded and killed by this senseless act of violence against our leaders and citizens.

“Sunday Night Unplugged offers participants the opportunity to approach the Divine in a spirit of quiet contemplation, in a place that provides beauty and peace,” says Fr. Doug Neel, rector of St. Patrick’s.

“It is our hope that our community will join us in prayer for guidance and discernment in light of this tragedy,” he said. “As we continue to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace, we pray that those who attend will leave with renewed commitment to being God’s instruments of peace.”

St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church is located at 225 S. Pagosa Boulevard, next to the hospital. All are welcomed to attend.