Archive for August, 2016
Around the World in 80 Minutes is a fast-moving organ and multi-media concert that features unique global organ repertoire by native composers, lively anecdotes, and enriching and engaging multi-media including live camera projection and spectacular visuals. Created and performed by organist and narrator, Dr. Jeannine Jordan and David Jordan, media artist,
Live camera action! A not-to-be-missed audience-engaging concert for all ages. An evening of sophisticated entertainment – watching images bring to life captivating organ pieces and their stories from around the world.
|Well, the Olympics are here again. As in any situation, we like to try to see how it relates to our own endeavors.
Thanks to Wikipedia much of the following information is available to us.
The Olympic Movement uses symbols to represent the ideals embodied in the Olympic Charter. The Olympic symbol, better known as the Olympic rings, consists of five intertwined rings and represents the unity of the five inhabited continents (Africa, America, Asia, Oceania, and Europe). The colored version of the rings—blue, yellow, black, green, and red—over a white field forms the Olympic flag. These colors were chosen because every nation had at least one of them on its national flag.
The Olympic motto, “Citius, Altius, Fortius,” a Latin expression meaning “Faster, Higher, Stronger” was proposed by Pierre de Coubertin in 1894 and has been official since 1924. (Obviously a quote borrowed from PDQ Bach who said Fast is good, Loud is better, Fast and Loud is best.)
Coubertin’s Olympic ideals are expressed in the Olympic creed:
The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well. Whatever…but no one works hard enough to get to the Olympics to fight well, you can do that at a music committee meeting.
So how does this apply to us, to our own herculean efforts at making more meaningful worship music experiences?
The host nation presents artistic displays of music, singing, dance, and theater representative of its culture.
The artistic presentations have grown in scale and complexity as successive hosts attempt to provide a ceremony that outlasts its predecessor’s in terms of memorability.
The opening ceremony of the Beijing Games reportedly cost $100 million, with much of the cost incurred in the artistic segment. Who said we don’t make a difference?
Months before each Games, the Olympic Flame is lit in Olympia in a ceremony that reflects ancient Greek rituals. You know, Worship Committee meetings.
As mandated by the Olympic Charter, various elements frame the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. This ceremony takes place before the events have occurred. The ceremony typically starts with the hoisting of the host country’s flag and a performance of its national anthem.
Greece is traditionally the first nation to enter in order to honor the origins of the Olympics.
After the artistic portion of the ceremony, (Prelude) the athletes parade into the stadium grouped by nation. Nations then enter the stadium alphabetically according to the host country’s chosen language, with the host country’s athletes being the last to enter. Finally, the Olympic torch is brought into the stadium and passed on until it reaches the final torch carrier, often a successful Olympic athlete from the host nation, who lights the Olympic flame in the stadium’s cauldron.
The closing ceremony of the Olympic Games takes place after all sporting events have concluded. Flag-bearers from each participating country enter the stadium, followed by the athletes who enter together, without any national distinction. The president of the organizing committee and the IOC president make their closing speeches, the Games are officially closed, and the Olympic flame is extinguished.
OR, another way of looking at your own personal weekly Olympic marathonesque activity would be the following:
Ring 1 = Prelude
Ring 2 = Hymn(s)
Ring 3 = Anthem
Ring 4 = Offertory
Ring 5 = Postlude
Citius, Altius, Fortius!!!
|Excerpted from an article published in the August 2016 Pro-Motion Music e-newsletter by David Jordan. Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist and David Jordan, media specialist are the owners of Pro-Motion Music and the creators of organ and multi-media concert experiences. To learn more visit www.promotionmusic.org.
Jeannine: In exploring repertoire for our upcoming organ and multi-media concert, Around the World in 80 Minutes, I recently discovered several of your compositions based on Taiwanese folk songs. You are broadening the classical organ repertoire with these solo organ compositions. Your compositional style has been described as “charming” and “irresistible.” Please describe your compositions for the organ and what makes this music unique in our vast organ repertoire.
Ms. Chen: Awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, I was able to study in Taiwan. Since my father was raised in Taiwan and I am ½ Chinese ancestry, I made it my mission to study Taiwanese folk songs and bring those songs to a new audience through my organ compositions. Wayne Leupold, www.wayneleupold.com, has published my works including, A Taiwanese Suite, Three Taiwanese Folksongs, and an organ demonstrator for high schoolers and adults based on Chinese folk tales and melodies, The Moon Lady.
Jeannine: Your performances take you throughout the world as soloist and with orchestras. What drives you to share this incredible instrument, the organ, with the audiences of the world?
Ms. Chen: I want people to experience the organ in new ways. I want the audience to connect with the organ and its myriad of sounds. For that reason, I value programs that are stylistically varied. The average audience member is usually not versed in classical music and especially in organ repertoire so I tend to create programs with a number of short pieces showing great contrast. My programs may include Bach, Durufle, Chinese folk music, a Jazz Prelude of Gershwin, or a transcription of Peer Gynt Suite. I want to make it interesting for the listener.
Jeannine: Thank you to this creative organist for sharing her story with us. To read more of Ms. Chen’s work and find her performance schedule, please visit her website at www.chelseachen.com.
Excerpted from an interview published in the August 2016 Pro-Motion Music e-newsletter. Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist and David Jordan, media specialist are the owners of Pro-Motion Music and the creators of organ and multi-media concert experiences. To learn more visit www.promotionmusic.org.