Ben Salem United Church of Christ, 1965 Church Hill Road, Lehighton, will host Christian pianist Jim Hendricks at its 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services this Sunday.
As a child he was able to play any piece of music he hard, and by grammar school was able to transcribe by ear complex harmonies and melodies, without the use of a piano. He continued intensive musical studies and was considered a professional as a teenager.
After high school he performed with music legends Dave Brubeck, Della Reese, Rita Moreno, Maynard Ferguson and more. He also competed in numerous piano competions and was a featured orchestral soloist. 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, he realized decided to leave the secular music world and follow God's calling into Christian ministry. Since that time he has performed more than 1,200 Christian piano concerts in churches all across the country, including three performances at the Crystal Cathedral.
In December, the church will hold a Christmas Concert at 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 8, which will feature Ben Salem's handbell choir and its contemporary music group "Daybreak."
The concert is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served following the concert.