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Why Use Themes In Your Programming?

What is a Theme and Why is it Important? A theme is a dominant thought, a unifying vision, a moral. It is the central idea behind your concert. A themecommunicates a kind of truth about the way human beings act, think, or feel.

Why should you use themes in your programming?

Themed­ concerts can be edifying and entertaining for students and concert ­goers alike. They are a welcome diversion from the usual potpourri of concert pieces.

A themed concert may contain a few selections of a theme or the entire repertoire may be along the chosen theme. Program notes can tell why you selected a theme and contain relevant information or fascinating tidbits about the theme. No music group is too young or too old to have a theme-oriented concert.

Want to make the concert extra fun? Use student narration or video. For example, for the theme of “dance,” before the presentation of each selection have a student give a brief presentation about that dance style (such as its history or famous figures) or on a screen present footage of people dancing in that dance style as the school band or orchestra plays. Or have some students from your school dance to the accompaniment of the music.

Themes help audiences relate to real-time experiences and build on prior knowledge or experiences with a genre of music. Thematic unitsalso help us pave the way to facilitating learning of a new genre and experiences.
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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 Themed Programming

The theme creates an arc during a concert that engages all listeners, regardless of their level of music literacy. When people are presented with a series of ideas, they instinctively form connections. When the connections are obvious, a whole audience will walk away with the same set of obvious connections. 

Themed concerts can create a ‘collective experience’ among audience members as a key determinant of ‘performance quality.’ This can greatly enhance the ‘affective experience’, or simply ‘enjoyment of the performance as a whole’.

All pieces of music tell stories. They emanate from a certain cultural milieu, and if nothing else, they describe stories of their own creation. In shaping a program around a theme, any theme, one considers that the music itself becomes limited by the idea which it serves. On the contrary, this new storytelling idea, itself often contained within larger ones, and filled with other smaller stories, can inspire and move the participants into a new journey, a fresh relationship.

What is a Theme and Why is it Important? A theme is a dominant thought, a unifying vision, a moral. It is the central idea behind your concert. A themecommunicates a kind of truth about the way human beings act, think, or feel.
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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 YOU TO EXPAND THEIR INTEREST

The audience wants to feel familiar with what is happening. When they feel “safe,” they then want you to expand on their interests. To expand on what they know to a new space.

They want a combination of novelty and familiarity: the warmth of familiar favorite pieces and the excitement of unfamiliar works,  appreciating the mixture of loved and familiar with new and interesting,  making unfamiliar works engaging and accessible, while also helping to retain experienced listeners’ interest in familiar music performed.

Going to a concert keeps you on the edge of your seat. 

Listening to music from a CD is an opportunity to relax, however going to a live concert is much more stimulating. With eyes, ears; the presence of the space, and feeling involved, it’s all-encompassing.

Concert-goers experience that no matter how well they think they know a piece, when hearing it live, they hear something new.

Classical audiences want to feel that they are engaged in the performance, that they are part of the communication. Primarily they don’t want to feel patronized or bored.  Different audiences want different things but ultimately, they want to feel part of what’s going on . 

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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

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CLASSICAL AUDIENCES WANT TO BE MOVED – TO BE TRANSPORTED

Many people see the arts as separated completely from the world of the ordinary, mundane, and every day. Each classical concert is a living, unique event that is constitutive of (not set aside from) social life.  While an important part of the event is its role in facilitating engagement, a recorded performance may supply ‘perfection’ but can it also convey a combination of ‘enthusiasm’, ‘personal expression’, and ‘character ‘a personal, individual experience?

The capacity for variance, a sense of uniqueness, and the immediacy of the experience creates anticipation in the concert goer. 

Enjoying the classical concert as an event (rather than merely as a performance) can come from engaging with the music/performance and/or with one’s inner dialogue. 

We have so many components happening simultaneously in our organ and multi-media concerts that help transport a concert goer to another place, another world. Johann Sebastian Bach couldn’t have written harmony more tightly woven than these experiences. Orchestrated in our dramatic concerts is that the whole truly becomes one. It is why people are transported. 

In live performances, people are lifted from the present to another place. Live performances areexperiences for the senses.

Concert goers commented on live concerts as…a holistic perception that was greater than the sum of its parts… in live performances you get to know the pieces and the artists…the concert hall’s a detachment from everyday life…it is some form of ‘sacred space…in the simple audience context…they will be invested with a sense of the sacred.

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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

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