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Dr. James D. Hicks to Perform at First Presbyterian Church

Jan 14, 2015 02:00AM
On Wednesday, January 28, First Presbyterian Church will present a free concert of uniquely American music played on the organ and bagpipe by Dr. James D. Hicks, former music director of the Presbyterian Church in Morristown, New Jersey. James D. Hicks is a native of Fredericksburg, VA. He holds degrees in music from the Peabody Institute of Music of Johns Hopkins University, Yale University, and the University of Cincinnati. Other studies include courses at the Royal School of Church Music in England. He is an Associate of the American Guild of Organists.

Hicks was Director of Music at The Presbyterian Church, Morristown, NJ from 1985 to 2011, where he conducted many of the church’s ensembles, administered the concert series, and served as organist.

Over the past several years, Hicks has intensively researched a relatively unknown and unexplored corner of the organ repertoire: the music of Nordic countries. The series is called Nordic Journey and is now an ongoing endeavor. The series seeks to commission new works from some of the leading composers from northern Europe, discover unpublished and, hitherto, unknown works from previous eras, highlight compositions that have never been recorded as well as celebrating a few of the standard masterpieces of the Nordic school.

The concert will be in the church sanctuary at 6:30 p.m., immediately following First Café. First Presbyterian Church is located at 9 North 6th Street. For more information visit www.first-presbyterian-church-32034.org