Acclaimed NJ Organist to Donate ALL Proceeds from Benefit Concert to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
New Jersey’s Own James D. Hicks Holds Special Performance in Millburn, NJ as Part of his Charitable Nordic Hike Initiative
There are so many things in this world to be thankful for, and for many of us, we are lucky enough to encounter that one person that possesses such a rare human spirit that they leave a mark on us for the rest of our lives. For acclaimed concert organist James D. Hicks, that one person was his childhood friend Chris Rawlings, who passed away at the young age of 23 of Cystic Fibrosis, a genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time. Since his friend’s passing, Hicks has been touring the world, researching, writing, recording and performing both original songs and beloved works from the organ repertoire. Now, more than 35 years later, Hicks is using his amazing talent to honor and remember his dear friend with a fundraising campaign he calls Hicks Nordic Hike, which began in 2016 to help raise funds and awareness for this cause so close to his heart. On Saturday, September 8, 2018, at 5 pm, New Jersey’s own organist James D. Hicks will bring his Nordic Hike journey to St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Millburn, NJ, where he’ll be performing cherished works of music from his series Nordic Journey. ALL proceeds from this special benefit concert will be donated directly to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, whose mission is to cure the disease, by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment, and ensuring access to high-quality, specialized care. To date, Hicks’ Nordic Hike campaign has raised more than $15,000 to benefit the cause.
WHAT: Nordic Journey Organ Concert to Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
WHEN: Saturday, September 8, 2018
WHERE: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
119 Main Street
COST: $20 suggested donation per person
(checks may be written to NJCFF)
*ALL proceeds benefit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation*
For more information on this charitable initiative, please visit http://hicksnordichike.com/.
ABOUT CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION
Cystic fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time. Cystic Fibrosis currently affects more than 30,000 people in the U.S., with more than 75% of patients being diagnosed by the age of two. The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment, and ensuring access to high-quality, specialized care. For more information, visit https://www.cff.org/.
ABOUT JAMES D. HICKS
For decades, acclaimed organist James D. Hicks has been traveling the world, including the United States, Europe, New Zealand, and Australia, researching, writing, recording and performing both original songs and beloved works from the organ repertoire. Throughout his esteemed career, Hicks has been a featured concert organist at several prestigious churches around the country, and was also the Director of Music for The Presbyterian Church of Morristown, NJ for over 26 years. Over the past several years, Hicks’ focus has been the relatively unknown and unexplored music of Nordic countries for his ongoing series called Nordic Journey. The series seeks to commission new works from some of the leading composers from northern Europe, discover unpublished and unknown works from previous eras, and highlight compositions that have never been recorded, as well as celebrating a few of the standard masterpieces of the Nordic school. Currently, Hicks lives and works out of Califon, NJ, USA. He holds degrees in music from the Peabody Institute of Music of Johns Hopkins University, Yale University, and the University of Cincinnati. For more information, visit www.jamesdhicks.com/ and www.hicksnordichike.com/.