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Larry Elginer, featured artist at Sunday Night Unplugged

Sunday Night Unplugged, a monthly service at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, will feature the talents of local trumpeter, Larry Elginer this Sunday at 5 p.m.

No stranger to the local community, Larry Elginer has delighted audiences with his Wednesday night jazz performances with John Graves and friends at one of our local bistros. For the past seven years he has also demonstrated his conducting and vocal skills with the Pagosa Springs Community Choir and its vocal jazz ensemble. His vibrant personality is evident in his playing as well as in his conducting, inviting audiences into his music to experience and appreciate its various nuances.

For one to play the trumpet well requires a great deal of stamina and a physically demanding regimen of practice. Larry is certainly disciplined in that regard. He practices daily to keep up his skills and is currently working on his first CD. Though he is most often heard as a jazz musician, it is certainly not the full extent of his musical abilities. Sunday Night Unplugged will feature a depth of his talent as a classical musician that the community seldom has the opportunity to hear.

Elginer received a master’s degree in music education from CSC in 1963, then moved to California where he stayed for the next twenty years. During that time, he taught successful public school band, orchestra, marching band, and jazz band programs. When he found the time, he enjoyed playing his trumpet and singing with studio musicians in Hollywood. He also played lead trumpet with the Ojai Brass Quintet and the Gold Coast Wind Ensemble. He and his wife moved to Pagosa Springs in 2003, and he has become an active part of the arts community as a soloist with Elation Arts, his church and many other venues.

Sunday Night Unplugged is offered each month by St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church as an opportunity to enjoy beautiful music, listen to meditative readings and be enveloped by the sounds of silence. It is a great way to get away from the routines of life and to become centered on a deeper more spiritual level. Each month different local artists offer their own unique gifts of talent.

“We are delighted to welcome Larry back to Sunday Night Unplugged,” said Fr. Doug Neel, rector of St. Patrick’s. “As a former trumpet player myself, I can truly appreciate the level of musicianship and talent he brings to his playing. We are deeply blessed to have such gifted artists available to us in our community.”

St. Patrick’s is located at 225 N. Pagosa Blvd. For more information, call 731-5801.

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