MANSON - International Christian pianist Jim Hendricks will perform at both morning worship services at 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Nov. 7 in Our Savior United Methodist Church at Manson, then will perform a concert at 4 p.m., also at the Grace Center.
A freewill offering will be accepted during this concert. That concert is open to the public, as are church services.
As a child, Hendricks had an uncanny ability to play anything he heard on recordings and memorize any printed music. He received intensive musical study and was considered a professional as a teenager.
After high school, he performed with the likes of Dave Brubeck, Della Reese, Jack Jones 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, he 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 a dedicated Christian, he knew it was time to leave the secular music world and follow God's calling into Christian ministry.
Since then, he has performed Christian music at the piano in hundreds of churches across the nation, including several appearances at the Crystal Cathedral in California. He has made numerous recordings, performed on television, wrote the book "Challenging Arrangements for Today's Church Pianist" and has been featured in the Clavier piano journal.
Hendricks' arrangements of traditional gospel and contemporary Christian music are characterized by technical ability and passion.
He performed in Manson about a year ago. Recorded examples of his work may be heard online at www.jimhendricksmusic.com.
Following this late afternoon concert, the United Methodist men will serve a light supper for a freewill donation.