Dr. Jeannine Jordan, Concert Organist

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CLASSICAL AUDIENCES WANT TO BE MOVED – TO BE TRANSPORTED

Many people see the arts as separated completely from the world of the ordinary, mundane, and every day. Each classical concert is a living, unique event that is constitutive of (not set aside from) social life.  While an important part of the event is its role in facilitating engagement, a recorded performance may supply ‘perfection’ but can it also convey a combination of ‘enthusiasm’, ‘personal expression’, and ‘character ‘a personal, individual experience?

The capacity for variance, a sense of uniqueness, and the immediacy of the experience creates anticipation in the concert goer. 

Enjoying the classical concert as an event (rather than merely as a performance) can come from engaging with the music/performance and/or with one’s inner dialogue. 

We have so many components happening simultaneously in our organ and multi-media concerts that help transport a concert goer to another place, another world. Johann Sebastian Bach couldn’t have written harmony more tightly woven than these experiences. Orchestrated in our dramatic concerts is that the whole truly becomes one. It is why people are transported. 

In live performances, people are lifted from the present to another place. Live performances areexperiences for the senses.

Concert goers commented on live concerts as…a holistic perception that was greater than the sum of its parts… in live performances you get to know the pieces and the artists…the concert hall’s a detachment from everyday life…it is some form of ‘sacred space…in the simple audience context…they will be invested with a sense of the sacred.

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Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist, with 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.   #DrJeannineJordan  #OrganAndMultimediaConcert

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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

Using our gifts

Dr. Jeannine Jordan at Ballantyne organ of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Orange, CA

We are thankful to God that we are doing something that uses our gifts and that we are able to do this every day of our lives. That’s a lot to be thankful for.

I think that thankfulness goes beyond “things” for which we are thankful. To the mental and spiritual state of just being thankful. Just uttering the words thank you has been miraculous in my life.
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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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We are thankful for…

  1. Music
  2. You who like good music
  3. You who like great music
  4. You who volunteer your time to sing
  5. You who volunteer your time to help musical events succeed
  6. You who play and engage in music
  7. You who encourage others in music
  8. You who make up our exciting and excited audiences
  9. You who sponsored and hosted our concerts
  10. You hosts that made the concert experience great for everyone
  11. You who attended one of our concerts last year
  12. You who will be attending one of our concerts this year
  13. You who engage in our concerts from the music and images you experience
  14. You who read our newsletters and respond
  15. You who read our newsletters and don’t respond but keep opening them
  16. You who build these magnificent instruments
  17. You who keep these magnificent instruments working and in tune
  18. You music directors who know that great music doesn’t exist on its own but takes people that are willing to step out and keep “preaching to the choir”
  19. You patrons who help keep art going for generations to come.

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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