Dr. Jeannine Jordan, Concert Organist

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Classical Audiences Find First-Hand Experiences Important

10 things Classical Audiences Want

In my own experience, I haven’t met an audience yet – younger or older, nightclub or library – that doesn’t like to participate in some way in the show

As in the case above, some respondents placed importance on this first-hand experience because it engenders communication or a feeling of interaction with the performers: I’ve had many enjoyable musical experiences which were not of the top quality, in the conventional sense. And equally I have been to allegedly top-quality events where I felt totally alien from what was going on. [ … ] It comes back to the communication, the sense of a nexus between you and the [musicians]

They identify factors such as a sense of ‘collective experience’ among audience members as a key determinant of ‘performance quality’, thereby bringing the variable closer to what Thompson (2007: 20) identifies as ‘affective experience’, or simply ‘enjoyment of the performance as a whole.’
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Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist, and her husband, David Jordan, media artist of Pro-Motion Music , are the creators and presenters of the dramatic story-driven organ and multimedia concert experiences, From Sea to Shining Sea, Bach and Sons, and Around the World in 80 Minutes.  Subscribe to our free monthly e-newsletter for more intriguing and engaging articles – click here  #DrJeannineJordan  #OrganAndMultimediaConcert

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CLASSICAL AUDIENCES WANT TO ENJOY WHATEVER IS ON THE PROGRAM

10 things Classical Audiences Want

What makes the experience of attending concerts enjoyable? 37% of respondents of one focus group mentioned live experience and/or a sense of immediacy: commenting on the nature of live performance, or on the live ‘atmosphere.’

More broadly, 72% of respondents indicated that one of their reasons for attending the concert was because ‘the program appeals to me’

Combinations of novelty and familiarity. A significant proportion of questionnaire responses which mentioned novelty described it in conjunction with familiarity, noting, for example ‘the warmth of familiar favorite pieces and the excitement of appreciating unfamiliar works’

In my own experience, I haven’t met an audience yet – younger or older, nightclub or library – that doesn’t like to participate in some way in the show.
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Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist, and her husband, David Jordan, media artist of Pro-Motion Music , are the creators and presenters of the dramatic story-driven organ and multimedia concert experiences, From Sea to Shining Sea, Bach and Sons, and Around the World in 80 Minutes.  Subscribe to our free monthly e-newsletter for more intriguing and engaging articles – click here  #DrJeannineJordan  #OrganAndMultimediaConcert

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Classical Audiences Want to Hear and See the Performer

10 Things Classical Audiences Want

As Susan Tomes observes in her study, if a concert audience can ‘hear and see the player; body language can be expressive, and adds the information you get from seeing to the information you get from listening’.

Arguably some of these facets of performance quality can only really be gleaned in the live performance situation – a recorded performance may supply ‘perfection’ but can it also convey a combination of ‘enthusiasm’, ‘personal expression’, and ‘character’?

When the listeners found the performance ‘engaging’ or ’emotionally moving’, it was found that emotional engagement was a better predictor of enjoyment than performance quality.
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Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist, and her husband, David Jordan, media artist of Pro-Motion Music , are the creators and presenters of the dramatic story-driven organ and multimedia concert experiences, From Sea to Shining Sea, Bach and Sons, and Around the World in 80 Minutes.  Subscribe to our free monthly e-newsletter for more intriguing and engaging articles – click here  #DrJeannineJordan  #OrganAndMultimediaConcert

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CLASSICAL AUDIENCES WANT TO FEEL THE MUSICIAN’S COMMUNICATION

10 Things Classical Audiences Want

We very often notice that great music needs and gets serious attention and absorption from players and audience alike. Everyone needs to acknowledge that profound immersion is the most rewarding way to perform and to listen. For this to happen, distractions need to be kept to a minimum. To do that if both the senses of hearing and seeing are focused on one thing immersion can take place.

For most respondents who identified the capacity for variance as an enjoyable element of live performance, this preference was not related to identifying absolute imperfections, but more about recognizing and valuing the idiosyncrasies of a unique performance, to the extent that performances which were deemed ‘technically correct’ without ‘really coming to life’ were viewed by some as ‘missing that last bit of the jigsaw.’ The uniqueness of live performance increased the appeal of very familiar works, as ‘the same piece’ can sound quite different on two different occasions, even played by the same people.
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Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist, and her husband, David Jordan, media artist of Pro-Motion Music , are the creators and presenters of the dramatic story-driven organ and multimedia concert experiences, From Sea to Shining Sea, Bach and Sons, and Around the World in 80 Minutes.  Subscribe to our free monthly e-newsletter for more intriguing and engaging articles – click here  #DrJeannineJordan  #OrganAndMultimediaConcert

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