Welcome to the Bach and Sons Blog

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    The Bach and Sons Blog
tells the story of Johann Sebastian Bach and his family
in chronological detail.
It is also a blog where you will learn more
of our organ and media event, Bach and Sons,
and follow our travels as we present
the intriguing story of Bach to audiences worldwide.

Read on to

  • Check the calendar for a Bach and Sons performance in your area
  • Learn of the world premier of the Bach and Sons organ and media event in
    Ried, Austria
  • Discover the story of Johann Sebastian Bach and his amazing family
    in a series of blog entries

Preserving the Bach Wedding Church

Interview with Rosemarie Frey, the woman who instigated the preservation of The Bach Wedding Church in Dornheim, Germany, site of our September 6, 2014 Bach und Soehne organ and multi-media concert performance.

Jeannine: JS Bach’s Wedding Church is now a well-known memorial to Bach, with thousands of visitors from all over the world.  However, I understand in 1996, with the church in such a desolate state that demolition was being considered; a group of villagers rescued the building and provided for its restoration.

Rosemarie Frey: Immediately after the World War II, the structural state of the church was so bad that the valuable ancient artifacts were removed and stored. For the 300th birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach’s birthday in 1985, a renovation of the Church was carried out, but shortly afterward the building was officially declared unsafe. The building continued to deteriorate but since the church congregation was not able to afford the rehabilitation, demolition of the Wedding Church of Johann Sebastian Bach was proposed. At that time, some residents of the village decided to take this task into own hands and founded a group to maintain the wedding Church of J. S. Bach in Dornheim. They had financial support from the Foundation for the Protection of Monuments in Thuringia, the Office for Protection of Monuments, and  the Protestant churches of Thuringia.

J: First, please give us a brief history of the Bartholomäuskirche.

Rosemarie: The construction of our Church is dated by archaeologists to the first half of the 12th century. Between 1474-1479, extensions to the east and south were added bringing the building to the current size.  In 1631 the tower was built.  It was rebuilt in 1641 in its present form after a fire triggered by a lightning strike destroyed it.  In 1723 the galleries were installed in the Church, and a year later the Church got the Baroque pulpit and altar. In 1817 the bells were taken down due to structural problems.  A new bell tower was erected in the location of the old sacristy.  40 years later the northern wall of the church had to be renewed.

J: Why is the church now more commonly known as the JS Bach Wedding Church?

Rosemarie: In June 1707, Johann Sebastian Bach became the organist at the Church of St. Blasius in the free Imperial City of Mühlhausen, 80 kilometers from Dornheim.  However, he decided on October 17, 1707 to marry his second Maria Barbara Bach, in our church. Bach was married by the former pastor of Dornheim, Johann Lorenz Stauber, one of his best friends. This historically documented wedding is a Godsend for us, because now many young people, not only from Germany, have the desire to marry in Bach’s Wedding Church.

J: How did the citizens of Dornheim save the church from the wrecking ball?

Rosemarie: The Foundation for the Protection of Monuments in Thuringia provided the money for the new roof. Additionally, much needed money was generated through concerts, initially on the construction site, other events, Church tours, publications and collections.  However, the energetic assistance in construction by many Dornheimer citizens contributed to the rescue of the Church. A real community spirit evolved which inspired other municipalities in the area to also do something to preserve their churches.

J: What parts of the church remain from Bach’s time?

Rosemarie: The structure of the building is essentially unchanged since Bach’s time.  However, the stairway to the galleries was not created until 1723. Bach was married in front of the carved wooden Gothic alter (c. 1430). The Baroque pulpit and altar were added in 1724, as I already mentioned.  In Bach’s day, there was also the small wooden altar (ca.1480) and the large crucifix, which was created at the same time.

J: Please describe the organ.  Is it similar to organs Bach may have played or the instrument that was part of the church at Bach’s wedding?

Rosemarie: Johann Sebastian Bach’s wedding in Dornheim had an organ but we do not know how it looked. In 1723/24 an organ built by Johann Anton Weise (1672-1759) was added with the installation of the galleries. The current organ came to Dornheim for the 300th anniversary of the Bach wedding.  The late Baroque case with its wonderful prospect came from Schongleina and was built in 1766 by Justin Ehrenfried Gerhard and Christian Vogt.  The organ builder, Karl Heins Schoenefeld from Stadtilm built a new organ, but used the bellows, and the mechanical tracker actionn as well as existing wood and metal pipes from the Gerhard organ.  These parts were carefully repaired or reconstructed, but the stop draws and console are new.  The organ has two manuals with a pedal and 18 registers.  It is popular with many organists.

 

J: Where can one find more information on the Bach Wedding Church?

Rosemarie: Our Association has a Web page, see www.bach-in-dornheim.de.  Or visit us at Dornheim.  Guests are always welcome in Bach’s Wedding Church.

Join us in Dornheim, Germany

We are taking our organ and multi-media concert experience to the historic Bach Wedding Church in Dornheim, Germany.  The narration for this performance of “Bach und Soehne” will be in German and we will be presenting the event in the beautifully and lovingly restored St. Bartholomaeuskirche on Saturday evening, September 6 at 7:30 p.m.  Dornheim

What a privilege and joy it will be to share the glorious music and story of Johann Sebastian Bach and his family in this historic setting.

All of Bach

All of Bach is a new website dedicated to the musical genius of Johann Sebastian Bach.  Bach wrote 1080 compositions during his lifetime. And now thanks to the new and certainly ambitious All of Bach web site, you can eventually watch the Netherlands Bach Society (founded in 1921) perform each and every one of those compositions. The site features 19 performances so far, which means there’s only another 1061 to go. A new Bach recording will go live every Friday. So you mark your calendars and check in weekly for the next 20 years.

Incredible project!  Incredible resource!  Incredible music!  Thank you Netherlands Bach Society!

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, creator and performer of Bach and Sons, organ and multi-media concert experience

The Bach and Sons Performance Calendar

Bach and Sons organ and media event created and presented by
Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist and David Jordan, media artist
Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.
Trinity Lutheran Church
Klein, Texas
Trinity Concert Series Event
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Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
North Largo, Florida
Art for Faith’s Sake Concert Series Event
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Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.
First United Methodist Church
Port Huron, Michigan
Festival Concert Series Event
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Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.
First Congregational Church
Traverse City, Michigan
Mel Larimer Concert Series Event
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Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Brigham Young University
Provo, Utah
Summer Organ Workshop Recital Event
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To schedule a performance in your area, please contact Dr. Jordan at jeannine@bachandsons.com

PAST BACH AND SONS EVENTS

Bartolomaeuskirche
Dornheim, Germany
A Bach Wedding Church Concert Series Event
(Narration in German)

St. Gerogenkirche
Glauchau, Germany
The Music of Bach

Rodgers Instruments
Hillsboro, Oregon

The Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan
Corvallis, Oregon
Sundays@3 Concert Series

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
Des Peres, Missouri
Music at St. Paul’s Concert Series

United Methodist Church
Wooster, Ohio
A Music on Market Concert Series Event

St. John Lutheran Church
Salem, OR
A concert of the 2013 Region VIII American Guild of Organists Convention

First United Methodist Church
Moorestown, NJ
An American Guild of Organists Event

St. John Lutheran Church
Fort Wayne, IN
An American Guild of Organists Event

Manchester University
North Manchester, Indiana
A Convocation Series Event

First United Methodist Church
Warsaw, IN
A Rodeheaver Series Concert

St. Mark Lutheran Church
Omaha, Nebraska
St. Mark Concert Series

Ried, Austria
Stadpfarrkirche St. Peter und Paul
Inn4tler Sommer Fest Concert
WORLD PREMIER OF THE GERMAN VERSION OF BACH AND SONS
August 10, 2012

Tulsa, Oklahoma
St. John’s Episcopal Church
An American Guild of Organists Event

Newport, Oregon
First Presbyterian Church
An Music Teachers National Association Concert Event

Eureka, California
Christ Episcopal Church
Christ Church Concert Series

Camarillo, California
First United Methodist Church
Fine Arts Series and an American Guild of Organists Event

Salem, Oregon
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Evensong Concert Series

Pacific City, Oregon
Nestucca Valley Presbyterian Church
Pacific City Arts Association Concert

BACH AND SONS  WORLD PREMIER
Anchorage, Alaska
First Congregational Church
November 21, 2010

And now….on to the story of Johann Sebastian Bach and his amazing family.

Let’s Get to Know Johann Sebastian Bach and His Family

In this blog you will get to know Johann Sebastian Bach as the living, breathing musician, father, husband, and sometimes imperfect human being that he was.

You’ll also get to know his family:  Elisabeth and Ambrosius–the parents;  Maria Salome–the sister;  Maria Barbara and Anna Magdalena–the wives;  Catharina Dorothea–the eldest child;  Wilhelm Friedemann, Carl Philipp Emanuel, Johann Gottfried Bernhard, Johann Christoph Friedrich, and Johann Christian–the surviving sons; and Sara Levy–a patron of the arts.

While doing the research and writing the story for our organ and media event, Bach and Sons, I found, as I know you will, the story of Bach and his family intriguing, engaging, and full of surprises.  Read on…

An Invitation to Visit the Bach and Sons Website

What is the best place to learn of the unique Organ and MultiMedia Concert Event called Bach and Sons? 

www.bachandsons.com

Where can you view videos showing aspects of the Bach and Sons Organ and MultiMedia Concert Event?

www.bachandsons.com

Where can you hear video testimonials from concert hosts and concert audience members of recent Bach and Sons Organ and MultiMedia Performances?

www.bachandsons.com

Where can you find publicity materials for the Bach and Sons Organ and MultiMedia Concert Event?

www.bachandsons.com

How can you schedule a Bach and Sons Organ and MultiMedia Concert Event in your community?

Send us an email:   jeannine@bachandsons.com or david@bachandsons.com

We look forward to talking with you and answering any questions you might have about our Bach and Sons Organ and MultiMedia Concert Events.

Promoting Bach and the Classical Organ in a Creative Manner

If you love the organ music of JS Bach, you probably want to share his music and this incredible instrument with the world. But what can one person do to give others the opportunity to know and love the classical organ and its repertoire as you do? What are some ways you might introduce the world of the classical organ to someone who may never have heard such as instrument?

  • Read books and articles about Bach and the world of the organ and share your knowledge. Share not only your knowledge, but also the reason you are interested in this remarkable instrument with your spouse, with a friend, or with a church member. Show them photos of great organs, give them a bit of history (after all the organ is one of the oldest instruments in existence), and always share your enthusiasm!
  • Encourage a church or organization to host an organ event. An organ concert or an event, which features the organ as part of an organ and media show (such as Bach and Sons presented by Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist with David Jordan, media artist), is an excellent way to showcase the organ and tell the story of Bach and his family.
  • Give an Organ Activity Book to a child and work through it with them. Organ Activity Books (Wayne Leupold publisher) introduce the organ to children through stories, coloring and activity pages, and listening examples in conjunction with a visit to a local organ. Sharing your enthusiasm about the organ through creative stories and activities helps a young person see the organ in a positive marvelous context from their first introduction. For that young person, the organ will never be just something heard only at church or funerals. You will have planted a seed for the world of the organ.
  • Visit websites such as Bach and Sons and Pro-Motion Music to find a wealth of organ related information. On sites dedicated to the organ, you will find not only concert listings, YouTube videos, CDs, DVDs, music, and books. You will also find links to other organ sites, blogs full of interesting information about organists sharing their work in the organ world, and forums to discuss organ building, organ repertoire, and any other organ topic you can imagine.

Dedicate yourself to sharing the organ world and JS Bach with those non-organists who are in your world. Sharing your enthusiasm today about the “King of Instruments”  and the music of JS Bach will possibly one day create for the world a new concert organist.

Celebrating JS’ and CPE Bach’s Birthdays in Style

In celebration of Johann Sebastian Bach’s 328th birthday and his son, Carl Philipp Emanuel’s 300th birthday, Dr. Jeannine and David Jordan presented their organ and media concert experience, Bach and Sons, twice in March 2014 in the state of Oregon.  The first concert experience was presented by the Linn-Benton Chapter of the Oregon Music Teachers Association and the Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan of Corvallis, Oregon as part of their Sundays@3 Concert Series on Sunday, March 16th, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.  A standing-room-only crowd reveled in the music and story of Bach.  Enthusiastic teenagers provided more Bach for concert-attendees at the reception following the concert.

The second Bach and Sons concert experience celebrating the Bach birthdays was hosted by Rodgers Instruments of Hillsboro, Oregon and was presented on the new Rodgers four manual Infinity digital organ at the Corporate Headquarters Showroom on Sunday afternoon, March 30th, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.  Another full-house was awed by the story of this amazing man and his music.

To learn more of the Bach and Sons organ and multi-media event and host this unique concert experience in your city, visit www.bachandsons.com

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist and David Jordan, media artist are the creators and performers of this unique one-of-a-kind event telling the story of Bach in music, word, and image.

What is the Bach and Sons Organ and Media Event Like?

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Let the audience members and hosts of our recent Bach and Sons performances tell you in their words about our Bach and Sons organ and media experience.

Bach and Sons

“is magical with different camera angles of the organist, photographs, videos and other resources projected to a huge screen.”  Glenn Rodgers, Music Minister, First United Methodist, Moorestown, NJ and Regional Councillor for Region III of the American Guild of Organists

“is educational.  I learned so much about Bach and his family.”  audience member

“Everybody enjoyed this live event. Get this program for your chapter or concert series if you possibly can” – Evelyn Larter, Dean SW Jersey Chapter of American Guild of Organists

“captures the human side of Bach.” music lover

“integrates graphics which really compliment and lead the audience through the story of Bach.”  Alan Chambers, Director of Rodeheaver Series, Warsaw, Indiana

“is more than the organist playing the spots and showing off her technique.  It is a story told with music, and words, and visuals.”  organist

“Dr. Jeannine Jordan presented a spectacular “Bach and Sons” program for the Newport community last week. The younger students were riveted throughout the entire performance as was the rest of the full house. It could not have been better.”   Rita Warton, President, Lincoln County District, OMTA

“This kind of presentation is melded perfectly into the mission of the Evensong Concert Series. Your idea of bringing Bach’s music to so many people in an informative and accessible way is fantastic. It was just what I was hoping for and I know many people came away inspired and renewed.”  Paul Klemme, Director of Music Ministries and Coordinator of the Evensong Concert Series of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Salem, Oregon

“includes some of the most incredible music ever written for the King of Instruments.”  Alan Chambers

To discover more of the Bach and Sons experience,
please visit our website at www.bachandsons.com or
contact me via email at jeannine@bachandsons.com
to ask questions, present ideas,
or schedule a concert for your corner of the world.

Jeannine Jordan, creator of organ and media events and concert organist

Will Your Organization Be The Next Host of Bach and Sons?

header21.jpgWHERE – Bach and Sons can be performed in…

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  • Universities
  • Concert halls
  • Countries worldwide (In German speaking countries Dr. Jordan presents the show’s narration in German

Do you know a…

  • Bach enthusiast
  • Music lover

Past hosts of some of our most recent concerts include: 

  • The Region VIII American Guild of Organists Convention
  • The Music on Market Series in Wooster, Ohio
  • The Organ Concert Series in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • The Rodeheaver Series in Warsaw, Indiana
  • Warsaw First United Methodist Church
  • The Convocation Series of Manchester University
  • The Fort Wayne American Guild of Organists Chapter
  • The SW Jersey American Guild of Organists Chapter
  • The Lincoln County Chapter of the Oregon Music Teachers Association
  • The St. Paul’s Evensong Series of Salem, Oregon
  • Personal donors from Oregon coastal communities with all proceeds benefiting Habitat for Humanity

Contact Jeannine to ask questions, propose ideas, or schedule your performance of Bach and Sons

jeannine@bachandsons.com