I had the joy of performing the music of Johann Sebastian, Carl Philipp Emanuel, and Wilhelm Friedemann Bach on the glorious Silbermann organ at the St. Georgen Kirche in Glauchau, Germany in September 2014. Incredible and amazing! Ah…the memories.
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.
Why not celebrate this monumentally important date with a performance of Bach and Sons? This live organ and multi-media concert experience created and performed by organist, Dr. Jeannine Jordan and media artist David Jordan, presents the story and music of the greatest musician of all time, Johann Sebastian Bach. Bach’s music brings to life the reality of the Reformation with power, majesty, and glory.
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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.
Johann Sebastian Bach’s 331st Birthday is on March 21st. How will you celebrate?
Will you —
your favorite Bach works?
to your favorite Bach repertoire?
a Bach biography?
a YouTube video of others performing the music of Bach?
a performance of Bach’s music?
Enjoy the celebration!
Dr. Jeannine and David Jordan are the creators and performers of the unique audience-engaging organ and multi-media concert experience, Bach and Sons.
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.
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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 email@example.com or 541-905-0108.
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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