The sweet sounds of classical saxophone will fill the air during this week’s Sunday Night Unplugged, Sunday, April 15, at 5 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church. This popular service of music and meditation will welcome back Bob Nordman, who will offer his lovely melodies, accompanied by Sally Neel at the piano.
Bob and his wife, Janet, retired to Pagosa Springs in 2001, where he found the inspiration to return to playing the saxophone after many years of keeping the instrument safely tucked away. The result of this renewed dedication to practice, mixed with a passion for learning new music, was the blossoming of a truly beautiful sound, one that has matured and developed into a voice that deeply reflects his spiritual musicianship.
Bob has been a featured soloist for Sunday Night Unplugged on numerous occasions. He and others who enjoy playing at St. Patrick’s often remark that St. Patrick’s provides a fantastic place for musicians to play. The sonorities of the music seem to perfectly blend in this acoustically and aesthetically lovely worship space, and the spiritual aspects of the service provide a wonderful setting to share music.
Since arriving in Pagosa Springs, Bob has generously offered his talents to the arts community. He has been an active part of the music program at Community United Methodist Church, a member of the Community Choir, has played in the pit orchestra for Music Boosters theater productions, a featured performer for Art in the Garden and Elation Arts concerts, a member of the Oktoberfest Band, and a member and featured soloist for the new Pagosa Springs Symphonic Band. Sadly, the opportunities to enjoy Bob’s playing are decreasing as he and Janet make plans to move to lower altitudes.
“I will really miss accompanying Bob,” says Sally Neel, organist/director of music at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church. “He and I have enjoyed many hours of wonderful musical collaboration over the past few years. It is always a special gift to find someone who shares in my joy for making beautiful music. Bob is a genuinely gentle spirit, whose passion for discovering and playing new music is a true inspiration to me as a musician. His dedication to hard work and meticulous playing has certainly kept me on my toes and made me a better musician as a result.”
Sunday Night Unplugged is a monthly offering of quiet meditation and beautiful music at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church. Each month features the talents of a local musician, mixed with periods of silence, readings and prayers. There is no charge, though donations are gratefully accepted. The public is invited to attend.
For more information about Sunday Night Unplugged or other offerings at St. Patrick’s, call the church office at 731-5801, or go to www.stpatrickspagosa.org. You can also find a new St. Patrick’s page on Facebook where you can enjoy weekly updates and pictures.