Review of a Great Year
Pro-Motion Music had an incredible year of sharing the world of the organ with our friends around the world.
We are delighted with the new Bach and Sons organ and media event and the new products we’ve been able to release to you, and we are excited about the many projects we have in store for 2011.
Successes From the Last Year
We kicked off the year with performances of our organ and media event,
From Sea to Shining Sea in Atlanta, Georgia and Elmira, New York. Once again, new friends were made for the organ with this dramatic music and visual event celebrating the history of the organ in the colonies and the US.
Next, we rolled out On The Heels Of An Organist, a book that gives a glimpse into the world of organists as teachers, church musicians and concert artists. This book taps into stories of one organist but has generated thoughts and memories from organists worldwide.
As summer arrived, we made our annual pilgrimage to Redmond, Oregon where David once again delighted audience, performers and adjudicators with his creative accompaniments for over 100 different show classes at the FarWest Morgan Horse Show.
In early July, we journeyed to Chattanooga, Tennessee to help that city kick-off their 4th of July weekend celebrations with a performance of From Sea to Shining Sea for 2,500 enthusiastic music-lovers at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium.
At that concert, we premiered our CD, O Beautiful for Spacious Skies—a compilation of patriotic arrangements for organ with David’s creative digital additions. This CD was a perfect remembrance for those historians and service men and women attending the Chattanooga 4th of July celebration.
In September we shared “From Sea to Shining Sea”, with the Seattle Chapter of the American Guild of Organists bringing early American Organ music alive for this august group of musicians. We had the pleasure of performing the music on a fine tracker instrument and showing the video element of the program on two 8′ x 8′ in-house video screens.
Fall marked the culmination of 18 months of research and development of Bach and Sons, our new organ and media event celebrating the life and times of this amazing composer and his family. Utilizing the knowledge and input of a broad-based focus group, the concert event became a must-experience event for the music-lover, historian and organist alike.
In October we made a pilgrimage to Germany to
immerse ourselves in the “land of Bach,” meeting musicians, playing and recording on incredible historic organs, and walking in the footsteps of Bach and his family.
November heralded the world premier of our new organ and media event, Bach and Sons, in Anchorage, Alaska. The event was a huge success with rave reviews!
Our newest CD, “The Organ Music of Bach and Sons,” which was recorded on historic organs in Bach’s Germany, was released at that memorable event giving those in attendance the opportunity to “take home” the music that was presented at the world premier event. Musicians, artists, historians, and just plain music lovers were enthralled by what they experienced this fine event.
In December, the energetic students of the Jordan Keyboard Studio presented their concert celebrating the culmination of another year of successful study. You can read their story below.
We updated parts of our Pro-Motion Music website with a smoother look and feel. We also interviewed a dozen intriguing people from
- performers to
- teachers to
- organ builders to
- composers to
- church musicians and
presenting their interviews and articles in the monthly newsletters.
All of these projects made for a busy and rewarding 2010 and we are looking forward to an even more invigorating 2011.
We thank all of you for your support!
Keep up-to-date on the latest Pro-Motion Music developments by:
Visiting the Pro-Motion Music website at www.promotionmusic.org
Reading the Pro-Motion Music Blog
Following Jeannine and “liking” Pro-Motion Music on Facebook
Watching videos on the Pro-Motion Music YouTube Channel
Reading our monthly Pro-Motion Music Newsletter…
…And don’t forget to send me an email HERE just to stay in touch
On behalf of Pro-Motion Music,
David and I wish you a splendid New Year!
—Jeannine, concert organist