Soli Deo Gloria – To God alone the glory

Where have you seen this Latin phrase, Soli Deo Gloria?  Actually, we worship weekly at St. Bede Episcopal Church in Forest Grove, Oregon with these words in front of us.  Have they blended into the fabric of our worship space?  Where are they?  This Latin phrase is emblazoned in gold near the top of the organ case.  Why is this phrase on the organ case?

It all goes back over 333 years ago to Johann Sebastian Bach, arguably the greatest organist and composer in the history of Western music.  You see, this man of faith believed that music was a “refreshment of spirit”, and a powerful tool for the proclamation of the gospel.

Johann Sebastian routinely marked the tops of his scores with the initials “JJ” and ended his compositions with the initials, “SDG”.  Let’s take a minute to look at these two sets of initials.

The initials, JJ stand for, “Jesu, Juva” or “Jesus, Help”.   This man, with amazing talent and ability, was praying for help from the very beginnings of his creative impulses. His work was underscored by his deep need and faith.  The humility of a great artist towards his Creator God, knowing that he was watched over, heard, and loved.  God was intimately involved in his work (and more importantly ~ in him).   What a powerful testament for everything we do – Jesu, Juva!  Lord, help me make this my prayer .

And what about the letters, SDG?  Ultimately, Bach believed that music brought glory to God.  At the end of most of his scores, Bach bearing witness to his faith and humility, left the initials SDG, the abbreviation for Soli Deo Gloria, or “To God alone be glory”.  What a powerful testament we have so prominently before us in our sanctuary.   How might we look toward glorifying God not only in our worship but as we live our lives?
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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.

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Bach on the Glauchau Silbermann

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.Glauchau - Jeannine at the organ

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.

Celebrate the 2017 Reformation anniversary with…

header1.jpgBach and Sons, the organ and multi-media concert experience created and performed by Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist and narrator and David Jordan, media artist.

Bach and Sons is

  • the incredible organ music of Johann Sebastian Bach from the sublime to the grand
  • intriguing stories of the Bach family and the rich life they led
  • amazing visuals taking you to Bach’s Germany
  • live camera projection from not one but five cameras bringing the work of the organist to life on the screen
  • a cinematic-sized screen giving every audience member a front-row seat
  • available for your audience.  Contact Jeannine Jordan at jeannine@bachandsons.com
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Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist, and David Jordan, media artist, are the creators and performers of three organ and multi-media concert experiences, Around the World in 80 Minutes, Bach and Sons, and From Sea to Shining Sea.  Contact Dr. Jordan at jeannine@promotionmusic.org for information.

 

Celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation

Bach and Sons is a perfect concert for celebrating
the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.

Bach and Sons

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist, and David Jordan, media artist, are the creators and performers of three organ and multi-media concert experiences, Around the World in 80 Minutes, Bach and Sons, and From Sea to Shining Sea.  Contact Dr. Jordan at jeannine@promotionmusic.org for information.

 

Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

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.

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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.

How will you celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

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.

Contact Dr. Jeannine Jordan today to schedule this intriguing audience-engaging live concert event at jeannine@bachandsons.com

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.

 

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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