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Stories and Music

All pieces of music tell stories. They emanate from a certain cultural milieu, and if nothing else, they describe stories of their own creation. Others describe the impressions which inspired them.
Felix Mendelssohn

Felix Mendelssohn understood this problem and invented “theme” programming, still common today, where a concert series focuses on a genre of music or historic era. The theme creates an arc during a concert that engages all listeners, regardless of their level of music literacy.

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.

You can compare musical dissonance to the conflict between characters in a story. The tension builds and rises to a peak, and then is resolved by the story’s calm conclusion…consonance.

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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.   #DrJeannineJordan  #OrganAndMultimediaConcert

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Jeannine and her organ students

Picture 16 squares in a multi-colored quilt. A quilt in which each square tells a different and unique story with a history that is like no one else’s. That quilt is Jeannine’s organ studio and the squares (sorry just turned out that way) in the quilt are her organ students. They are part of a small affirming community that uniquely encourages and supports each other. Granted I like to see how they are making progress, but what I am really engrossed with is how they are so very supportive of each other. It’s amazing. Having gotten two degrees in music, I’m not used to musicians being very nice to each other. Huh.

Those students range in ages from 8 to infinity and enjoy playing and listening to each other. Most of the time the students hit home runs. Sometimes they don’t. But if they don’t there’s no fear that someone is going to “shake their heads” (Psalm 109:25) It’s a community of which more people should be a part. It’s a great way to build up your courage, experience, and oh yes, your organ skills.
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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.  #DrJeannineJordan  #OrganAndMultimediaConcert

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Jeannine and her class piano students

Listen and you can hear the leaves crunch under your feet. It’s a beautiful fall day. You’re on the campus of the University of Portland. The soothing but infrequent sun is wrapping you in a warm blanket that only fall can create. The leaves are wonderful red, orange and gold. Just serene. Wait, is that a lady pushing a piano across the campus? Really? How’s she doing that, more importantly WHY?

Well, that lady would be Jeannine. She is pushing the piano to the cafeteria so that her class piano students can perform their required “recital” piece for the rest of the dining hall. She really can build up confidence in her students.

25 years at the University of Portland and she still gets a smile when she thinks of those somewhat diligent non-music majors taking this “do I have to” class and ending up liking it and feeling confident enough to play for their peers in the dining hall.

Can I get a WOW?
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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.  #DrJeannineJordan  #OrganAndMultimediaConcert

The Bach and Sons Organ and Multi-Media Experience Coming to a City Near You

Organist Jeannine Jordan with media-artist David Jordan will present their organ and multi-media event, Bach and Sons, to a St. Louis audience in February 2014.  Hosted by St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Des Peres, Missouri, the concert is part of the Music at St. Paul’s Concert Series and will be presented on Sunday, February 9th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

In celebration of Bach’s 328th birthday, the Jordans will present Bach and Sons twice in March 2014 in the state of Oregon.  The first concert experience is presented by the Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan of Corvallis, Oregon as part of their Sundays@3 Concert Series on Sunday, March 16th.  The second Bach and Sons concert experience is hosted by Rodgers Instruments of Hillsboro, Oregon and is presented on the new Rodgers four manual Infinity pipe/digital organ at the Corporate Headquarters Showroom on Sunday afternoon, March 30th at 3:00 p.m.

The Jordans also recently presented Bach and Sons to an enthusiastic audience at the Region VIII Convention of the American Guild of Organists at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Salem, Oregon.

In October the Jordans traveled to Ohio to open the 2013-2014 Music on Market Series at Wooster United Methodist Church, Wooster, Ohio with a performance of Bach and Sons. To learn more about the exciting Bach and Sons experience, visit http://www.bachandsons.com

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