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

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.

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

September 6, 2014
Bartolomaeuskirche
Dornheim, Germany
A Bach Wedding Church Concert Series Event
(Narration in German)
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September 7, 2014
St. Gerogenkirche
Glauchau, Germany
The Music of Bach
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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
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

Why Should An Organization Sponsor Bach and Sons?

Audience members and recent hosts of Bach and Sons, the organ and multi-media event presented by Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist and narrator and David Jordan, media artist, describe WHY Bach and Sons is an experience to be shared with a community.

Bach and Sons…

“engaged and captivated our students.”

“allows one to hear from the women in Bach’s life.”  Debra Lynn, Fine Arts Department Chair of Manchester University

“is a fantastic and unique educational experience and a top quality production and performance.”  Glenn Rodgers, Regional Councillor, Region III, American Guild of Organists

“keeps Bach alive for my generation and the next generation as well.”  organ student

“non-organists were just overwhelmed to learn so much and they were so impressed with Dr. Jordan’s playing and narration.”  David Rhody, Program Committee SW Jersey Chapter of the American Guild of Organists

“is entertaining:  you learn a lot, you laugh a lot, and you hear a bunch of great music.”  Greg Vey, Dean Fort Wayne Chapter of the American Guild of Organists

“Everybody greatly enjoyed this event and learned a few things they didn’t know.  Get this program for your chapters or concert series if you possibly can.”  Evelyn Larter, Dean SW Jersey Chapter of the American Guild of Organists

“has made sure that the tradition of fine organ music never dies.”  AGO board member

Visit www.bachandsons.com to learn more of this live organ and multi-media experience. To bring this unique event to your community, please contact Jeannine Jordan at jeannine@promotionmusic.org.

Bach and Sons – an Experience for Everyone!

What do a concert series, a church, a university, and AGO chapters have in common? Bach and Sons.  We just returned from our three-week four-concert endorphin rush* tour performing our Bach and Sons organ and media show for university students, organists, music-lovers, and concert-goers in Indiana and New Jersey!

You can feel in the comments made by the Guest Contributors to this blog, the attendees and sponsors of our recent Bach and Sons concerts, the endorphin rush* our live Bach and Sons performance creates for audiences and sponsors.

Bach and Sons is an experience for everyone

“We had students, lay people and organists at Bach and Sons today and the reaction and response was overwhelmingly positive.  We need more of this kind of this kind of program for our society to hear.”  Martin Gigler, Sub-Dean Fort Wayne AGO

“I was transported to Bach’s world!  Getting to watch the performer helped me listen in a new way.”  David Hupp, piano professor Manchester University

“I was inspired to learn some new Bach repertoire and dust off some of my favorite Bach pieces.”  Tom Magee, organist

“This is an event that is not only fun and exciting for organists, but explains organ music and the life of Bach to non-musicians.”  Greg Vey, Dean of Ft. Wayne AGO Chapter

“My child was captivated by the story, videos, and the Bach coloring/activity book.”  parent

To join the “rush” and schedule a Bach and Sons experience for your community, contact me at jeannine@bachandsons.com

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, co-creator of organ and media concerts and concert organist