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Organist Jim Hockin to present 'A World of Sound' concert in Longville

Jim Hockin, Twin Cities area professional organist and education specialist with the Rodgers Organ Studio, will present "A World of Sound" concert from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, at Salem Lutheran Church on the church's newly acquired digital comp...

Jim Hockin, Twin Cities area professional organist and education specialist with the Rodgers Organ Studio, will present "A World of Sound" concert from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, at Salem Lutheran Church on the church's newly acquired digital computer orchestral organ.

Admission is free.

Hockin has played the organ since age 7 and was taught by his father. He studied keyboard performance at the University of Minnesota and served as organist at churches in the Twin Cities area for more than 40 years.

Hockin was a piano instructor for the Schmitt Music Company of Minneapolis and joined with the Minnesota and Lake Harriet orchestras to perform piano concertos by classical composers. In recent years, he devotes most of his time to the organ and has performed on Rodgers organs since 1972.

Hockin said Salem's organ is a sampled pipe organ. All sounds are actual organ pipes from a diverse palette of pipe sounds from famous organs around the world. The organ has 36 stops, two keyboards and a 32-note pedal board. The PR-300 orchestral sound module contains 354 orchestral and ethnic sounds producing live orchestra instrumentation, including trumpets, violins, bass drums and piano.

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Hockin delights in displaying how the organ is an inspirational instrument for singing and listening. For Salem's concert, his playlist includes theater organ selections from a bygone era, a special motion picture theme, a self piano and organ duet and works by classical composers.

The indoor concert is part of Salem's Music in the Park series of musical programs.

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