MANSON - Our Savior United Methodist Church in Manson will host a special concert on April 13. International Christian pianist Jim Hendricks will perform at the morning worship service at 10:15 a.m., and then perform a special concert for the public at 4 p.m.
A freewill offering will be taken during this concert. A community potluck will follow at 5:30 p.m., with each church responsible for bringing certain items to the meal. This event is being sponsored by the Manson Ministerial Association.
Hendicks began intriguing musicians and family members as a child with an uncanny ability to play anything he heard on recordings and memorize any printed music that came across the piano. He continued intensive musical study and was considered a professional as a teenager.
After high school, Hendricks performed with such greats as Dave Brubeck, Della Reese, Jack Jones, Louie Bellson, Clark Terry, Tito Puente and Rita Moreno. He also competed in international piano competitions and was a featured symphonic orchestra soloist, performing the piano music of Rachmaninoff. By the age of 25, Hendricks had accepted a professorship in the piano department of Chicago State University.
While on tour with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Hendricks realized he was not using his talents for God's glory. Already being a dedicated Christian for many years, Hendricks knew it was time to leave the secular music world and follow God's calling into Christian ministry.
Since then, Hendricks has performed Christian music at the piano in hundreds of churches all across the land, including several appearances at the Crystal Cathedral in California. He has made numerous recordings, performed on ABC, TBN, and PAX, authored a book Challenging Arrangements for Today's Church Pianist, and been featured in the Clavier piano journal
Hendricks' arrangements of traditional gospel and contemporary Christian music are characterized by unmatched technical ability and passion. Many will remember the two concert performances he gave in the Manson community just a few years ago.