A pair of musicians will truly ring in the holiday season as Ring Praise Music Ministry shares the story of Jesus Christ through music and scripture.
The Ring Praise Christmas Concert features Phyllis Tincher on handbells and Sean Rogers on keyboards. The free performance is Monday, Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at Faith Presbyterian Church, 1005 S.E. Ninth St., Hermiston.
Also, while in the area, Tincher and Rogers will play at Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla. Although that concert isn’t open to the pubic, people are asked to lift the performance in prayer in hopes that inmates who attend will be drawn closer to God.
The musicians first performed together in 2002 when Tincher was invited to ring handbells at a Boise church where Rogers served as the accompanist. That launched their music ministry of playing hymns and contemporary praise songs during concerts in the greater Boise area. Tincher and Rogers then began traveling to small communities in Eastern Oregon and Idaho.
As the Ring Praise Music Ministry, Tincher and Rogers have released three albums featuring collections of hymn arrangements. In addition, their Christmas CD, “Come to the Manger,” includes 15 traditional and contemporary holiday songs.
Tincher began solo ringing in 1997 and directed her first handbell choir in La Grande. For many years during the holiday season, Tincher brought three octaves of Schulmerich handbells and played for The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign near her home in Nampa, Idaho. She also teaches adult and youth handbell classes at conferences and workshops.
An Ontario native, Rogers tours extensively as a collaborative pianist with vocalists and instrumentalists throughout the United States. As a solo concert artist, he’s known for improvisational skills in multiple genres on keyboards. Rogers has been called a “virtuosic performer who makes music come alive” for audiences of all ages.
Sonology Music has published four arrangements by Tincher and Rogers, which can be heard at www.sonologymusic.com/music-search. They received praise for their rendition of “Silent Night” by Kevin McChesney, an award-winning composer and arranger.
“One of the finest writing duos in the business brings us a fresh, beautiful take on a traditional favorite,” McChesney said. “If you don’t think anything new or more lovely could be said about the much-arranged ‘Silent Night,’ treat yourself to this wonderful setting — it’ll change your mind.”
A nonprofit organization, donations to Ring Praise are tax-deductible. Also, their CDs are available for purchase. For more information, including other concerts in the region, visit www.ringpraiseministry.org.