Dr. Jeannine Jordan, Concert Organist

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Music is for your brain what circuit training is for your body

As the fitter baby boomers among us know, circuit training involves moving from one exercise machine to another, while giving ourselves a total body workout. There are very few activities that can do the same for your brain – but music is one of them.

According to researchers, most activities use only a few areas of the brain at a time. Playing a musical instrument, on the other hand, sets of a symphony of activity all over your brain.

And playing the organ? Well…our chosen instrument has to be at the pinnacle for keeping our minds and bodies sharp in the decades ahead.

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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 TO ENJOY WHATEVER IS ON THE PROGRAM

10 things Classical Audiences Want

What makes the experience of attending concerts enjoyable? 37% of respondents of one focus group mentioned live experience and/or a sense of immediacy: commenting on the nature of live performance, or on the live ‘atmosphere.’

More broadly, 72% of respondents indicated that one of their reasons for attending the concert was because ‘the program appeals to me’

Combinations of novelty and familiarity. A significant proportion of questionnaire responses which mentioned novelty described it in conjunction with familiarity, noting, for example ‘the warmth of familiar favorite pieces and the excitement of appreciating unfamiliar works’

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.
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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 to Hear and See the Performer

10 Things Classical Audiences Want

As Susan Tomes observes in her study, if a concert audience can ‘hear and see the player; body language can be expressive, and adds the information you get from seeing to the information you get from listening’.

Arguably some of these facets of performance quality can only really be gleaned in the live performance situation – a recorded performance may supply ‘perfection’ but can it also convey a combination of ‘enthusiasm’, ‘personal expression’, and ‘character’?

When the listeners found the performance ‘engaging’ or ’emotionally moving’, it was found that emotional engagement was a better predictor of enjoyment than performance quality.
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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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Storytelling is central to the human existence.

10 Things Classical Audiences Want

We’re all constantly exchanging our own narratives. We do it all the time. We do it on the phone, we do it online, we do it in coffee shops, we do with people we love, we do with people we just met for the first time. This is not new. For thousands of years almost every human culture has been telling stories. Telling stories helps make sense of what it is to be human.

Stories let us carve our initials into the wet cement of the moment.

Creating stories allows for a prophetic dimension to emerge from the relics of our musical heritage,inspiring a reinterpretation. To discover in them something we have not seen before. The story-line both informs and creates a context for the various pieces, all perfectly delightful in and of themselves, but now enhanced by their new placement within ideas quite relevant to our current lives. Can they speak to modern ears, with new meaning? Yes, absolutely.

We know this much: people want to be immersed.They want to get involved in a story, to carve out a role for themselves, to make it their own.
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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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