Dr. Jeannine Jordan, Concert Organist

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CLASSICAL AUDIENCES WANT TO HAVE A UNIQUE CONCERT EXPERIENCE

Classical Audiences want to have something exceptional.  They love the sense that this is a shared experience, but one from which they can each take away something personal and special. They love the uniqueness and excitement of a live performance, the sense that it is a one-off, an experience created there and then.

They love the  enjoyment being shaped by watching star performers and hearing new interpretations. They like that live experience offers authenticity: it allows concert attenders to experience the work of performers whom they know they like, but in a live capacity: therefore, witnessing performance quality in the most direct way possible, as well as being privy to a performance by a well-regarded player that will never be repeated exactly.

The importance of shared ethos and experience when attending classical concerts has been expressed by many people.  Sharing social experiences, including using arts events to ‘build bridges’ with distant acquaintances.

It has already become evident that the live nature of classical performance mediates the influences of familiarity: making unfamiliar works engaging and accessible, while also helping to retain experienced listeners’ interest in familiar music performed.

Concerts are viewed as unrepeatable entities that could only be experienced through the action of deciding to attend, and so in this capacity the unpredictable and therefore distinctive nature of live experience is a primary attendance motivation.

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Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist, with 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.   #DrJeannineJordan  #OrganAndMultimediaConcert

Bach and Sons – the organ and multimedia concert experience

Bach and Sons Organ and Multimedia concert experience

Bach and Sons, of course features his music and that of his son’s, however, kind of an interesting twist, the story is told by the four women important in Bach’s life. It includes historically informed performance of Bach’s greatest organ music. Bach and Sons has been performed in many venues in the US. It has also been performed in Austria and Germany with narration in the German language.

This concert is performed in a rich multimedia format, with 5 cameras, computers and lighting, which makes it even more captivating and engaging for the audience. They become one with the story and they love it.

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist and 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.   Contact them at david@promotionmusic.org #DrJeannineJordan  #OrganAndMultimediaConcert

A Casavant Organ at First Presbyterian Church in Saginaw, Michigan

Excerpted from the Guest Artist Interview of the October 2018 Pro-Motion Music e-newsletter.

Jeannine: I understand you recently retired after 32 years as Director of Music Ministries at First Presbyterian Church of Saginaw, Michigan.  Early in your tenure, a Casavant Freres pipe organ was designed, built, and installed in the church.  Would you share some of the joys/challenges of this project?

Mr. Largent: First Presbyterian Saginaw is the first church in Saginaw, established in 1838.  When Anna and I came to Saginaw they were beginning the process of an Historic Renovation of the 1885 Sanctuary.  The project had the possibility or a new organ.

A committee had been formed and Dr. Marilyn Mason, Chair of the Organ Department of the University of Michigan, would be the consultant. (A special treat for me because she was Marianne Webb’s Masters degree organ professor).  A renovation by itself is stressful…. But when you pair it with a new organ project… OH MY GOSH!!  Pastor Robert L. Emrich had only been there a year- here came the two new musicians and they were expecting their first child…. Let the mayhem begin!

Lots and lots of meetings.  And excellent new organ committee made up of a broad cross section of the congregation and four of us were organists.  Dr. Mason took us around the region to see the recent work of many fine builders.  The decision was made to go with Casavant Freres Ltd.  Michael Perrault was our representative from Casavant.  The decision was made for a three-manual instrument of 70 ranks along French Romantic lines because it would provide a rich and warmer sound for worship.  It would also have sounds well suited to the full organ repertoire. It was a joy to work with Casavant and we had two trips to the company in St. Hyacinthe Canada to see things in process and for approval.  The disruption and stress of being out the sanctuary and rehearsal space during the whole renovation cannot be fully expressed in words!  At least printable words!!  The Sanctuary renovation was beautifully done. We returned to worship and rehearsal spaces in the fall and the Organ arrived the week after Easter and a month of chaos with the installation and final voicing of the instrument concluded the project.  The final voicing was done by Yves Champagne of Casavant with the excellent ears of Marilyn Mason, Michael Perrault assisting in balances and blends.  A glorious instrument to serve as a voice in worship was created and the case has the dedication “Soli Deo Gloria” below the pedal towers.

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Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist and David Jordan, media artist are the creators and performers of the organ and multi-media concert experiences, Bach and Sons, From Sea to Shining Sea and Around the World in 80 Minutes.  Contact the Jordans at david@promotionmusic.org to schedule a performance in your community.

 

Three Audience-Engaging Concerts

Live Organ and Multi-Media Concert Experiences

Created and performed by Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist with David Jordan, media artist

Book now for an upcoming concert season

Contact Jeannine Jordan at jeannine@promotionmusic.org

From Sea to Shining Sea

is the story of the parallel development of the organ and its music in the colonies and the United States. Jeannine,as an actual Mayflower descendant, leads us through the first 200 years.

Bach and Sons

 

 

is the story of Johann Sebastian Bach and his family as told from the perspective of 4 women important in Bach’s life and includes historically informed performance of Bach’s greatest organ music.

 

Around the World in 80 Minutes

is a fast-moving concert that features unique global organ repertoire by native composers, and is as exciting as it sounds.

 

 

 

 Contact Jeannine Jordan at jeannine@promotionmusic.org

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