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Sunday Night Unplugged to feature harpist Anita Briggs

Sunday Night Unplugged, a monthly music and meditation offering at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, has a special treat in store this Sunday at 5 p.m. Harpist Anita Briggs will be the guest musician, bringing the ethereal beauty of the harp to this evening of meditational readings, silence and prayer.

Many will recognize Anita Briggs as the mother of local flutist Jessica Peterson. The two have often collaborated on programs, playing harp and flute duets. This Sunday, you will have the unique opportunity to enjoy the solo harp in an evening of magical sounds.

Briggs, a former resident of Pagosa Springs, studied with legendary harpist Carlos Salzedo. She has served as principal harpist with the New Haven, Amarillo, Macon, Columbus and San Angelo symphonies, the Boston Ballet and the Hartford Opera. She worked under Nadia Boulanger and Paul Hindemith, and recorded with the Atlanta Choral Guild.

Briggs plays frequent recitals and chamber music concerts. Her book of harp solos, “Odyssey,” is published by Lyon and Healy. She also collaborated with celebrated Metropolitan Opera soprano Joyce Guyer on a CD recording entitled, “From the Garden of My Heart” (available on Amazon.com).

“One of the wonderful things about Sunday Night Unplugged is the variety of music and excellent musicians we are able to offer each month,” said Fr. Doug Neel, rector of St. Patrick’s. “It is always a source of amazement to me that we have such a huge resource of artists here in Pagosa Springs. It is also fun to pull in visitors. Anita Briggs comes for an extended visit to Pagosa once a year, and we are fortunate enough to have her come and offer her amazing talent to us. Where else can you go and hear such skillful playing for free? We hope to have a large appreciative crowd join us this Sunday evening.”

Sunday Night Unplugged is offered each month at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, located at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd.

For more information, call 731-5801.

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