What a grand time we had at Zion Lutheran Church in Wausau, Wisconsin sharing Bach and Sons on Sunday, October 2, 2016. Kantor Irene Beethe was a wonderful host. The church began their year-long celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation with our world renown organ and multi-media concert experience. A large and appreciative audience enjoyed the story of Bach, sometimes referred to as the “Fifth Evangelist.”
How is Johann Sebastian Bach connected to Luther? Even though Bach was born more than a century after Luther’s death, Bach was a passionate Lutheran whose worship and beliefs inspired some of the world’s finest sacred organ and choral music. This is exactly in line with Luther’s dreams for the church, having himself introduced the idea that worship should be essentially musical. Among Bach’s greatest works are his Mass in B minor, the St. Matthew Passion, Cantata No. 140, the Magnificat in D major, the St. John Passion, and of course Cantata No. 80, which was based on Luther’s own words and is now known around the world as “A mighty fortress is our God” (or: “Ein Feste Burg ist unser Gott”).
Bach and Sons presents the story of Bach and his family — their dreams, their lives, their work and their passions — through narration, great organ music superbly performed by Dr. Jeannine Jordan, and stunning visuals created by David Jordan that not only take you to Bach’s Germany, but allow you to see an organist at work. A not-to-be-missed concert experience.
Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist and David Jordan, media specialist are the owners of Pro-Motion Music and the creators of three organ and multi-media concert experiences including Bach and Sons. To learn more visit http://www.promotionmusic.org.