The site of the last performance of our February 2009 tour was the US Coast Guard Academy Chapel. The Chapel is literally a “beacon on the hill.” The white colonial-style chapel is located on the highest hill in New London, CT and its steeple with its rotating lighthouse type beacon can be seen all over the surrounding area.
The lovely chapel on the grounds of the US Coast Guard Academy with its gorgeous etched glass windows and symbolic blue flags was the perfect place for our historic concert. The Coast Guard had its beginnings in the 1790 and continues today in its role of protector of the seas surrounding our country. We were able to use images of the new murals given by the Class of 1962 in our show to connect the Coast Guard and its history with From Sea to Shining Sea.
Our concert was sponsored by the New London County AGO Chapter, with Dean, Jesse Glaude, serving as a great host.
Dear Dr. Jordan,
Thank you for the music book that my husband Richard ordered from
you. I heard you play at the Coast Guard Chapel in New London. The
concert and historical slide show was wonderful, and I am looking
forward to using the music from the Nineteenth Century. I plan to use
it during our church services, particularly as preludes and
postludes. Different ideas may evolve as time goes by.
A testimonial from a friend and former graduate student at the University of Portland:
“I enjoyed your concert and found myself truly inspired by your technical and virtuosic skill. It was a captivating educational presentation.”
—Philip Desrosiers, Director of Music, St. James Church, Manville, RI
Welcome to Chicago
We left sunny Florida and arrived in Chicago just in time for another winter snowstorm. After a trip to downtown Chicago on the train to visit Michigan Avenue and our favorite Chicago pizza haunt, Pizzeria Due, it was time to get to work!
St. John’s Lutheran Church in the Lincolnwood area of Chicago was the site of our next From Sea to Shining Sea performance. Pastor Dave Nelson was a great host making us feel welcome and helping with a myriad of details from setting up the screen to printing programs.
[from audio recording]
I’m David Hansen the pastor of St John’s Lutheran Church in Lincolnwood. Two people who couldn’t be more qualified to present it performed this evening’s “From Sea to Shining Sea”. If you are interested in having Jeannine and David do this presentation, invite them to your organization you’ll be glad you did.
And they’re fun to work with too
Dr. David Hansen Pastor St John’s Lutheran Church Lincolnwood Il.
The performance on a 25 rank Moller for a nearly “organist-only” crowd was fun as the audience understood all the inside organ jokes in the program. Everyone laughed long and hard about playing Pachelbel’s Canon in D for too many weddings to count and recognized immediately the image of the Position Advertisement from the TAO – not that any of us today have had to vacate a church organist position due to the fighting of a duel. The North Shore and Chicago AGO Chapters were the sponsors of the Chicago From Sea to Shining Sea experience.
We left a snow-covered Chicago and headed for the East Coast and New London, CT.
International Year of the Organ Continuing Tour 200
It is February 15 and we are in Beautiful Ocala Florida. Yes sometimes it’s just a tough job. But, someone has to do it.
We had to pleasure and privilege of performing “From Sea to Shining Sea” at the First United Methodist Church in Ocala. This was part of their “Concert with a Cause” to benefit DISASTER RELIEF FUND For those show have suffered losses due to floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, etc.
Dr. Wayne Earnest is the Director of Music, leading a wonderful choir creating masterful worship experiences. This is what he has to say about “From Sea to Shining Sea.”