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Themed Programming

Posted on: September 13, 2012

I recently returned from a concert tour to Austria and Germany where I played six unique concerts, each with distinctive repertoire chosen specifically for the concert venue, the organ on which I would play, or an event linked to the concert.  Creating themed concert programs has always been one of my joys.  I simply believe audiences connect more to the artist, the instrument, and the performance if there is an over-arching theme to the concert program.

The six unique concerts were:

Bach and Sons — a celebration of the life and times of Johann Sebastian Bach through organ music, narration by the women important in the Bach family, visuals, and live camera feeds projected to a cinematic sized screen — performed at the Stadtpfarrkirche in Ried, Austria as part of the Innviertler Kultursommer Series.  This unique and forward-looking series dictated the theme.

 

Organ Music Based on the Chorales and Texts of Martin Luther — repertoire chosen from the Romantic and Contemporary eras–performed at the Schlosskirche in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany.  The theme was chosen because 2012 is the Reformation and Music Year of the Luther Decade Celebration.

Organ Music Based on the Chorales and Texts of Martin Luther — repertoire chosen from the Renaissance and Baroque eras–performed at the Stadtkirche in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany.  The concert was a continuation of the Schlosskirche theme.

 

The Organ Music of JS Bach and His Sons — repertoire was chosen that would work well on three very small organs two of which had no pedal–performed at the Marienkirche Organ Museum in Bad Belzig, Germany.  The concert theme was dictated by the size of the instruments.

 

 

 

 

 

A Journey Through the Life of JS Bach — a chronological journey through the greatest organ works of JS Bach–performed at the Bach Wedding Church in Dornheim, Germany.  The locale dictated the theme.

 

The Organ Music of JS Bach and His Contemporaries — repertoire chosen to be played on a Silbermann organ of 1735 that was probably known by Bach and the composers whose works I performed.

This superbly restored historic instrument dictated the theme.

Be creative.  Inspire your practice, your performance, and your audience.

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist

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