Zions Lutheran Church, Third and Fell Streets in Weatherly, will host a concert by renowned pianist and recording artist, Jim Hendricks at 3 p.m. Saturday Nov. 7.
Hendricks began intriguing musicians and family members as a child with the uncanny ability to play anything he heard on records and memorize any printed music that came across the piano. While still in grammar school, Jim was able to transcribe by ear complex harmonies and melodies - without the use of a piano. He continued intensive musical study and was considered a professional as a teenager.
After high school Jim performed with such greats as Dave Brubeck, Della Reese, Jack Jones, Louie Bellson, Clark Terry, Tito Puente, Rita Moreno, Maynard Ferguson, Jon Faddis, Arturo Sandoval, and many others. He also competed in many international piano competitions and was a featured symphonic orchestra soloist, performing the piano music of Rachmaninoff. By the age of twenty-five, Jim had accepted a professorship in the piano department of Chicago State University.
While on tour with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Jim realized that he was not using his talents for God's glory. Already being a dedicated Christian for many years, Jim knew it was time to leave the secular music world and follow God's calling into Christian ministry.
Since then, Jim has performed over 1,000 Christian piano concerts in churches all across the land, including three appearances at the Crystal Cathedral. He has made ten piano recordings, performed on ABC, CBS, PAX, and TBN, authored the book Challenging Arrangements for Today's Church Pianist, and been featured in Clavier piano journal. The Lord has greatly blessed his decision to bring glory to Christ through music and testimony. Jim last performed at Zions in May of 2008 to great acclaim.
Call church office at (570) 427-4113 or (570) 427-4812 for tickets and information. Tickets are available for the concert only or for the concert and a catered buffet dinner to meet Jim Hendricks after the concert.