Step inside the gate of Chautauqua and suddenly you are walking down a street in 1901. The Victorian homes graciously stand basking in the mottled shade that bathes their charmed vibrant hues. You feel yourself being wrapped in the cool air that welcomes you to another place, another time. You detect an air, an air of civility, of curiosity, of warmth, a memory of America.
This letter could be called “How We Spent our Summer Vacation” however, it was such an astonishing uncharted adventure it simply cannot be abbreviated as a mere vacation.
Jeannine and I just spent an astounding week inside the mind map of a place called the Chautauqua Institution. We were mesmerized by our expedition from the moment we took our first glorious steps on the brick walks as the rain came down. The rain on that first day was as steady and enduring as the tick of a grandfather clock. It was like a baptism into this magical world of Music, Art, Religion, and Knowledge.
The amphitheater in which we spent many hours has its walls open to the outside world. It’s the place where our minds were enlivened with ingenious lectures. Our imaginations were stretched as if by the skilled musicians of every instrument in an exquisite orchestra. And our vision was emboldened by gifted presenters who inspired us through the written word, the spoken word, images seared into our minds, and of course, music. Music that tilted the mind, deepened our emotion and spoke with sounds only music can make.
We looked for an experience that would take us out of our comfort zone and we found one. One that took us by the hand and walked us through unfamiliar territory and thoughts, and showed us possibilities and blessings we weren’t even looking for.
An excerpt from our August 2019 Pro-Motion Music e-newsletter.
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