This Sunday, March 12, at 5 p.m., St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church will present flutist Jessica Peterson at Sunday Night Unplugged, a monthly service of music and meditation.
Peterson will be accompanied by pianist Sally Neel in music by Ravel, Purcell, Bach and others, to set a contemplative mood for this hour set apart for prayer, introspection and meditation.
Jessica grew up in a musical family; her mother is a harpist, and her father played clarinet. She began playing flute in high school and played in the Pagosa Springs High School band. Having apprenticed with David Nighteagle to learn the art of making Native American-style flutes, Jessica is now owner of Nighteagle Flute Company. Her 15 music books with CDs are published by ADG Productions (under the name Walsh).
“Flute making and playing are ancient traditions,” said Peterson. “Flutes over 50,000 years old have been found in Europe. It’s both inspiring and humbling to play an instrument whose beautiful voice has been heard since the Stone Age. I like to imagine the darkness of one of those long-ago nights, with a flute softly singing a child to sleep. Or imagine dancers whirling to wild, high flute sounds.”
Jessica is a lifelong resident of Pagosa Springs who has offered her musical skills for concerts with Elation Center for the Arts, as a member of the orchestra for Music Boosters theater productions, as a member of the new Pagosa Springs Symphonic Band, and as a music mentor in our public schools. She believes it is important to share her gifts as a musician and thoroughly enjoys the many opportunities she finds to do that in our community.
“I believe that music is powerful in its influence on us,” said Peterson. “Music refines and strengthens our emotions. It evokes memories. It can help us heal and stay healthy. We want music when we’re celebrating, when we’re grieving, and when we’re worshipping. We turn to music for the most important ceremonies in our lives. We make music in poverty as well as in prosperity. Music pours from our souls when we are captives, and again when we are free. Through music, we can share beauty with others. And besides all that, it’s just plain fun.”
Sunday Night Unplugged is offered each month by St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, located at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd. The service is free and open to the public.
“Sunday Night Unplugged is beautiful in its simplicity,” says Fr. Doug Neel, rector of St. Patrick’s. “We don’t expect anything from those who attend. People come to hear the music, to enjoy periods of silence, to hear the readings, to pray, to rejuvenate their spirits and for a myriad of other personal reasons. We look at Sunday Night Unplugged as a time set aside to reflect and to just ‘Be.’”
For more information, call 731-5801, or go to www.stpatrickspagosa.org.