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

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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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.

What is the Bach and Sons Organ and Multi-Media Concert Experience?

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The fascination of Bach and Sons
is the blending of various artistic elements into one story.

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The historically informed organ performance of Dr. Jeannine Jordan, who also continually weaves the story together through the narrative of the women in Bach’s life, creates an experience that you will remember forever.

Creating the "magic" of Bach and Sons

Live projection on a large screen tells the stories and showcases the organ music against a continuously changing backdrop of creative visuals by David Jordan.

You will travel with Bach and his sons through the trials and tribulations of the challenging life they shared and you will gain insight into the human being, Johann Sebastian Bach, and what he went through to create the music he made.

Visit www.bachandsons.com to discover the details of this
fascinating concert experience.

bss logo reflected for slide showDr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist, and David Jordan, media specialist are the creators and performers of two organ and multi-media concert experiences,
Bach and Sons and From Sea to Shining Sea. 
To share one of these unique experiences with your community,
please contact Dr. Jordan at jeannine@promotionmusic.org.

Enthusiastic Audience is Thrilled by Bach and Sons at the BYU Summer Organ Workshop

An audience of over 300 were thrilled with Dr. Jeannine and David Jordan’s performance of Bach and Sons, their innovative organ and multi-media concert experience, on Tuesday evening, August 4th, 2015 at Madsen Hall on the Brigham Young University campus.  Bach and Sons was presented as the opening concert of the 2015 BYU Summer Organ Workshop.

The fascination of Bach and Sons is the blending of various artistic elements into one story. The audience was instantly engaged in the story of Johann Sebastian Bach and his family.  The historically informed organ performance of Dr. Jeannine Jordan, who also wove the story together through the narrative of the women in Bach’s life, created an experience that immersed the audience in the story and provided a memorable concert experience.

Live projection on a large cinematic-sized screen moved the story forward visually and showcased the organ music against a continuously changing backdrop of creative visuals by David Jordan. The audience traveled with Bach and his sons through the trials and tribulations of the challenging life they shared and gained insight into the human being and what he went through to create the music he made.

Visit www.bachandsons.com to learn more of this fascinating audience-engaging concert experience by co-creators and performers, David Jordan, media artist with concert organist, Dr. Jeannine Jordan.

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, October 2, 2016
Zion Lutheran Church
Wausau, Wisconsin
Organ Artist Series
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To schedule a performance in your area, please contact Dr. Jordan at jeannine@bachandsons.com

PAST BACH AND SONS EVENTS

Brigham Young University
Provo, Utah
2015 Summer Organ Workshop Recital Event

First United Methodist Church
Port Huron, Michigan
Festival Concert Series Event

First Congregational Church
Traverse City, Michigan
Mel Larimer Concert Series Event

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
Largo, Florida
Art for Art’s Sake Concert Series Event

Trinity Lutheran Church
Klein, Texas
Trinity Concert Series Event

Bartholomaeuskirche
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.

A Summer Bach Reading List

A few of my favorite “Bach books”

Music in the Castle of Heaven.  A Portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach.  John Eliot Gardiner.  Penguin Books.

The New Bach Reader.  A Life of Johann Sebastian Bach in Letters and Documents.  Edited by Hans T. David and Arthur Mendel.  Revised and Expanded by Christoph Wolff.  Norton and Company.

The New Grove BACH FAMILY. Christoph Wolf.  Norton and Company.

Glory and Honor.  The Musical and Artistic Legacy of Johann Sebastian Bach.  Gregory Wilbur.  Cumberland House.

Johann Sebastian Bach.  The Culmination of an Era.  Karl Geiringer.  Oxford University Press.

J.S. Bach.  Albert Schweitzer.  Dover Publications.

Johann Sebastian Bach.  His Life in Pictures and Documents, with CD.  Hans Conrad Fischer.  Haenssler.