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Latter-day Saint Pianist Visits New Zealand

“Music has been termed the universal language of mankind because it can speak spirit to spirit,” visiting American pianist Dr David Glen Hatch told members and guests of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the faith’s Pah Road, Mt Roskill meetinghouse in Auckland Sunday evening [8 June 2014].

Dr Hatch and some of his students ― who are visiting from the United States ― shared their faith and talents through music and the spoken word at the devotional meeting.

“Come, Come Ye Saints,” “I Am a Child of God,” “A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief,” and “The Lord’s Prayer” were among the hymns played during the devotional.

Dr Hatch and his students performed at the Auckland Town Hall Concert Chamber Monday evening [9 June]. Read more at the Auckland Live website.

The group will perform in charity concerts in Wellington and Christchurch later in the month.

Dr Hatch states in his book, Praiseworthy Music, Spiritual Moments, “In order to achieve musical excellence, a person must be passionate, disciplined, confident, humble and creative. Though in reference to budding musicians, these values can be applied to any person seeking a satisfying and fulfilling life.”

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