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Hymn Restoration

101 Treasured Hymns 4 CD Set

Dino Kartsonakis

Nordskog Publishing Inc
Walk into any Protestant church these days and you are likely to encounter a “worship team” that sounds a lot like a rock band. The musical worship will have a strong backbeat, and simple, easy-to-follow repetitive melodies, reinforced by made-to-order electric guitar strains. The arrangements and chord charts are readily available to all from various Internet sites that cater to the needs of modern worship centers hoping to attract and keep a young demographic. We honor these young musicians and composers, and the love and skill they bring to musical worship, whatever their level of competence, because we know that the Lord hears their hearts. But can it be that in the pursuit of a new sound, an old treasure has been lost? Hymn Restoration is about introducing a new generation to the musical treasures of Christian history. “America's Piano Showman” Dino Kartsonakis has brought his passion for sacred music, and deep knowledge of its history, to the task of choosing 101 of what he considers to be the best of the best from the vast wealth of hymns going back centuries, not an easy task. You will immediately recognize the depth of the lyrics and the inspired beauty of the melodies, that cannot help but rise once again to the top, particularly when compared to much of what we hear today Every hymn is presented alongside a devotion that expands on the theme expressed in the hymn. Some will include amazing stories about how they were written, and about the extraordinary people who wrote them. We hope that as you encounter these hymns and devotions you will be uplifted and encouraged in your faith. Music is indeed a special language that can touch us with a penetrating poignancy unique among human experiences. At best, we seem to hear the heavenly choirs joining in as we honor God through these hymns. With this special edition of Hymn Restoration, Kartsonakis offers CDs on which he has arranged and performed masterful renditions of each of the 101 hymns, first for your musical enjoyment, and also to allow singers to praise God in song with his incomparable piano accompaniment.
Author Bio

Dino Kartsonakis is known as dinokartsonakismusic.com“America’s Piano Showman,” a title aptly given to one of the world’s premier performers of our time. From Carnegie Hall to the honor of performing inside the Tower of David, Jerusalem, Dino has captured the world with his unique talent, stellar performances, and exceptional showmanship. Kartsonakis is a Grammy Award winner for the soundtrack of the movie, The Apostle. He was also nominated for “Chariots of Fire,” and is an eight-time Dove Award winner, and Tele Award winner for “Miracles,” which was filmed at David’s Tower in Jerusalem.

Dino’s talent and performance prowess all started at the tender age of three, when he sat at an upright piano, and played both melody and harmony of a hymn he heard that morning at church. He grew into his talents and later studied piano at Julliard School of Music, and at conservatories in both France and Germany. He has toured the world and played in such places as Russia, Japan, China, and Israel, to name a few, also Carnegie Hall, The Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center, and many more prestigious venues nationwide. He has also performed for presidents and dignitaries. Aside from touring the world Dino has made countless network television appearances since the age of sixteen, including the highly rated talk show “The Dino Show,” produced and hosted by his wife Cheryl Kartsonakis and himself. For over thirty-five years they wowed audiences in over two hundred countries with a variety of celebrity guests as well as performances by Dino and Cheryl. Most recently, Dino had the distinction of playing at Israel’s 70th Birthday Celebration Concert with the Israel Symphony Orchestra, the night before the US Embassy opened in Jerusalem, with Pat Boone serving as MC.

In 2007 Dino and Cheryl opened “Dino’s 24Karrot Cake Company,” located in Branson, Missouri, also shipping their “Celebrity Favorite” cakes nationwide. Dino is not only an entertainer, but a husband. He and Cheryl share two daughters, Christina and Cherie, and are grandparents to Cherie and her husband Steve’s daughters, Lauren and Alexandra.