Dr. Jeannine Jordan, Concert Organist

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We don’t have to “dumb-down” classical music

We don’t have to keep dumbing down classical music to make it “cool.” It never will be “cool.” However, for those of us (now 11% of the population, keep in mind that’s for all classical music) who like classical music a lot, there are additional ways it can speak to our senses. Re-Imagining how to give us a better deeper understanding of what is happening in, with, around and through the music.

We need to infuse added dimensions into the experience that can elicit thoughts and emotions that listeners didn’t know the music could provide.

Footnote: science is now disputing that we have only 5 senses finding that we have between 11 and 20 different senses. Google it. Especially the sense of awe.

To do that a person needs to Re-Imagine what the music is saying, how it is saying it, how can we free the story within the music. How can we release what other dimensions an individual needs to experience and have a better, personalized understanding of the music? There are better ways to connect with their humanity. (Point 8 of 10 Things That Classical Audiences Want.)

David Jordan, media artist of Pro-Motion Music , and his wife, concert organist Dr. Jeannine Jordan 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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Creativity, Re-Imagining…

Creativity, Re-Imagining, making stuff up, seeing the world through different lenses. Why is this important? 

Human beings are essentially born creative. From infancy on we find innovative ways to negotiate life. The most creative people find ways around obstacles because they see them not just as roadblocks but also as opportunities You were born creative. You had to figure out how to become mobile and get yourself around the room. When you learned how to walk, you had to learn get to places fast and not get caught. Then you had to be creative and learn to Re-Imagine and explain how it was the dog/brother/sister that did it, not you.

Re-Imagining is what I do. “On the side,” I am a digital artist using the “Creative Cloud.” 

How do I Re-Imagine a photograph?

Step I: Take a photograph.

Steps 2-355: Use various tools from the “Creative Cloud” to turn the photographs into what I think they should be.

It’s enthralling work. Some examples can befound here.

If it weren’t for life, I would do this 24/7.

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David Jordan, media artist of Pro-Motion Music , and his wife, Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist, 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 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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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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