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.

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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

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

Bach and Sons in Florida

We started the year in the Sunshine State with a performance of our exciting audience-engaging organ and multi-media concert experience, Bach and Sons,  in the community of Largo, Florida.  The performance was part of the Art for Faith’s Sake Concert Series at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and was presented on Sunday, January 18th, 2015.

The audience was thrilled with the performance and the comments following ranged from “I finally know Bach as a man” and “I loved your performance of the glorious St. Anne Fugue” to “When I was a little girl in Leipzig I visited the Thomaskirche”  and “You’ve encouraged me to read more about this incredible family of musicians.”

That’s exactly what our Bach and Sons concert experience is designed to do — bring the family of Bach alive through music, narration, and visuals.  There is something captivating for every audience member–young and old– from the tremendous music of JS Bach, to the interesting anecdotes about family life, to the photos and videos placing you in Bach’s homes and churches, to the live camera feeds of my playing projected to a cinematic-sized screen.  As another audience member declared, “Bach and Sons was simply amazing.”

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist and David Jordan, media specialist are the creators and performers of Bach and Sons.

Preserving the Past for the Future – September 6, 2014

dornheim-from-front-full-view.jpgOn Sunday, September 6, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. we will be performing our Bach and Sons organ and multi-media concert at the Bach Wedding Church in Dornheim, Germany.  It is thrilling to have the opportunity to present our concert, which we see as a means to preserve the story of Johann Sebastian Bach for future generations, in this historic church.

JS Bach’s Wedding Church is now a well-known memorial to Bach, with thousands of visitors from all over the world.  However, this monument to the past was nearly destroyed in 1996. It was in such a desolate state that demolition was being considered.  However, a group of villagers, led by true patrons of the arts and Bach history Rosemarie and Juergen Frey, rescued the building and provided for its restoration.

These citizens of Dornheim, with financial support from the Foundation for the Protection of Monuments in Thuringia, the Office for Protection of Monuments, and the Protestant churches of Thuringia, have not only provided a place for organists to perform, but through their research and preservation work have made sure this integral part of the story of Johann Sebastian Bach never dies. 

….Jeannine Jordan, concert organist and creator with David Jordan of the Bach and Sons, organ and multi-media eventheader21.jpg