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.
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