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

Inspiration

Recently David and I had the privilege to attend several Bach events during the Salem, Oregon residency of world-renowned Bach scholar and conductor, Helmuth Rilling.  Herr Rilling is one of the foremost authorities in the performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s choral works.  His insights and erudite examples served to bring to life two of Bach’s magnificent cantatas, “Ein feste burg” and “Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben.”  Under the direction of Herr Rilling, the Willamette Master Chorus of Salem, Oregon presented a memorable evening of the glory of Bach’s music.

In a lecture on the “Spirituality of Bach’s Music” presented by Herr Rilling, the letters “JJ” often written on the top of the first page of a composition and the phrase “Soli deo gloria” were discussed.  The letters “JJ,” an abbreviation for the Latin text, “Jesu juva” were for Bach a prayer, “Jesus Help” as I write this composition showing your glory.  Bach ended his compositions with the Latin phrase, “Soli deo gloria” or “To the Glory of God Alone” as a prayer of thanksgiving to his God.

Nothing is more inspiring than the glorious music of Johann Sebastian Bach interpreted and conducted by a master.

 

Why Bach?

Why do we love the music of the great Baroque master Johann Sebastian Bach?

His compositions exhibit mathematical precision

The passionate cry of his soul infuses his music

His music is calming, hypnotic, meditative, inspiring and, above all, consoling

There’s a bigness, an optimistic complexity and relish about Bach’s music

His music is comforting

It is intelligent music

It is scientific yet spontaneous music

His music is about the love of God

His music gives faith a physical form

The music is a strange mixture of the meta-physical and the spiritual

His music is an extraordinary mixture of intense organization and great lyrical beauty.
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Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist, and her husband, David Jordan, media-artist are the creators and performers of the organ and multi-media concert experiences, Around the World in 80 Minutes, Bach and Sons, and From Sea to Shining Sea.

How Will You Celebrate JS Bach’s Birthday

Johann Sebastian Bach’s 331st Birthday is on March 21st.  How will you celebrate?

Will you —

Perform
your favorite Bach works?

Listen
to your favorite Bach repertoire?

Read
a Bach biography?

Watch
a YouTube video of others performing the music of Bach?

Attend
a performance of Bach’s music?

Enjoy the celebration!
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Dr. Jeannine and David Jordan are the creators and performers of the unique audience-engaging organ and multi-media concert experience, Bach and Sons.

 

Why Bach and Sons is a Great Concert for Today’s Audience

62% of today’s audience is visual.  To reach them they need “to see” what is happening.  Bach and Sons makes sure every seat in the venue is a front row seat!

Research for the music and stories provides an accurate and informative background, assuring a quality event.

All computers, cameras, lights, and costumes are brought with us for the event making it simple for the presenting association.

What makes Bach and Sons so different?  The concert is performed in a story format, instantly engaging the audience.

To discover more visit www.bachandsons.com or contact Dr. Jeannine Jordan at jeannine@bachandsons.com

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What Will You Do for JS Bach’s Birthday?

Isn’t it time to party with an exciting one-of-a-kind organ and multi-media concert experience to celebrate the birthday of the greatest composer of all time?

Yes! Yes it is!

Bach and Sons, the cutting-edge concert experience created and performed by Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist, and David Jordan, media artist, bring the story of JS Bach and his family to life for you and your audience.

You’ll hear the glorious organ music of Johann Sebastian and his sons.  You’ll hear the story of the family as narrated by the women important in the Bach household.  You’ll see the places the Bachs lived and worked.  You’ll experience what it is to play the organ through real-time projection of Dr. Jordan’s playing.

To help your community celebrate Bach’s birthday in grand style, contact Dr. Jeannine Jordan at jeannine@bachandsons.com or 541-905-0108.

Share the Joy

header2.jpgShare the joy of bringing first-class entertainment to the sophisticated audiences of your community by scheduling a performance of the intriguing organ and multi-media concert experience, Bach and Sons.  Created and performed by Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist and David Jordan, media artist, Bach and Sons shares the story of Johann Sebastian Bach and his family in a unique and engaging fashion.   Contact Jeannine Jordan at 541-905-0108 or at jeannine@bachandsons.com to share ideas for making a performance of this one-of-a-kind concert experience a reality in your community.

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The Legacy of Johann Sebastian Bach

As musicians we are blessed with many great legacies that influence us today.

Let me share an amazing legacy with you.

Orphaned at 10, he and his younger brother walked 30 miles to live with their older brother for two years. He then needed to move on because his older brother and wife were expecting yet another baby. From the age of 12 he made his way on his own, singing in church choirs, playing music as a street musician.  Determined, persistent.

He did not have a formal education but learned composition by “reverse engineering” music scores. Needless to say, he was pretty intelligent, and independent.

It was expected in his country that once you were selected as organist for a church, you would stay there your entire life. He didn’t. He went on to several different positions and butted heads with much of the leadership of towns, churches, courts, and choirs. Patience was not one of his virtues.

He had one job interview that promised fame, comfort, money, and security. One catch: he would have had to marry the boss’s daughter. Okay, well…he walked 200 miles back home to work out plan B.

He was 18 years old when he landed his first choir job and had choir boys older than himself. He ended up in a street brawl with one of them,  a bassoonist, and allegedly drew his sword and cut the vest of his opponent to shreds.

One of the things he did throughout his career was focus on creating glorious music for the church and court. There is no indication that he was hoping for some kind of legacy that would live on forever. He was doing his job. Competitive? I would guess. But consumed with leaving a legacy? No, just truly absorbed with doing his job really well. And his focus was certainly Soli Deo Gloria.

Yes, Johann Sebastian Bach left what we consider a substantial legacy of highly intelligent instrumental music, oratorios, motets, and dedication to his art, and  well, you know: Soli Deo Gloria.

Most of his legacy is the great music we enjoy, some of his legacy is the tattered vest of the bassoonist.

When he died, his music was on the wane in deference for more “singable” popular music. Hmm. But there was truth and a  foundation in his music that has driven and inspired us for centuries.
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Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist and David Jordan, media specialist are the creators and performers of the audience-engaging organ and multi-media concert experience, Bach and Sons.  To bring this concert experience to your city, Contact Dr. Jordan at jeannine@bachandsons.com

Tell me about “Bach and Sons”

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

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

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Promo Photo of bothHow 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 Event.