MultiMedia Organ Concert

From Sea to Shining Sea is a live organ performance with multi-media. Performed by organist Dr. Jeannine Jordan and David Jordan, media artist, it is the story of the organ in the colonies and United States.  Dr. Jordan weaves the story by telling fascinating anecdotes and performing the unique organ music of America.

David Jordan’s media talents bring the story to life. Stunning visuals of American history events are interspersed with a live video feed of Dr. Jordan’s performance.  Projected to a cinematic-sized screen, every audience member has a front-row seat to this live audience-engaging concert experience.

From Sea to Shining Sea is our longest running live multi-media organ concert. This concert premiered in 2008 at the Regional AGO convention in Portland, Oregon.  It has been performed multiple times for audiences ranging in size from 100 to 2000, literally from Sea to Shining Sea.

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Nancy Franck - Director of Music on Market Wooster Ohio

In 2014, Dr. Jeannine and David Jordan brought "Bach and Sons" to our Music on Market series(Wooster, OH) and the audience loved it!!! The combination of Jeannine representing the Bach women while David's video expertise allowed us to view the flawless work of Jeannine's  hands and feet at the organ was such a memorable experience it was decided right then, this would not be the last time we were to encounter the talent of the Jordans. This year MoM opened its fourth season with a return visit and their second multi-media event, "From Sea to Shining Sea". This is a story that weaves the history of America with the development of the organ. Jeannine and David interact seamlessly to present a fascinating and educational account of the organ's journey from Europe to America, resulting in Dr. Jordan's performance of Dudley Buck's Concert Variations on The Star Spangled Banner. We are already planning for their next visit --- whatever that may bring!

Blithley Breezing Along

Blithely Breezing Along was composed by Stephen Paulus. It is an example of contemporary American Organ Music with which we start the program "From Sea to Shining Sea."
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 A Journey Through Time          
From Sea to Shining Sea recalls the organ's past in the U.S.

From Sea to Shining Sea begins with Dr. Jordan’s performance of a thrilling uniquely American organ piece, Blithely Breezing Along, composed by Stephen Paulus in 2008 to celebrate the International Year of the Organ.  This riveting piece sets the stage for what the organ has become in the three centuries since it was first brought to the Colonies from Europe. 

Following this foray into the 21st century, Dr. Jordan takes you back to 1703 with a quoted diary entry describing the “playing of a voluntary on the organ in the gallery, by Jonas, the organist.”  Discovered in a diary belonging to a member of the Mystics of Wissahickon who worshiped in the city of Philadelphia, colony of Pennsylvania, it is the first documented evidence in America of an organist, an organ, and organ music.  Against a backdrop of visuals taking you to that wintry day in Philadelphia three hundred years ago, Dr. Jordan plays organ voluntaries by Cutler and Johnson that Jonas may have played on that little organ.

From Sea to Shining Sea takes you to homes, churches and concert halls on the Eastern seaboard with intriguing anecdotes interspersed with the music of Palma, Bremner, and Selby, all of which could have been played on those first home and church organs in the colonies. You’ll also hear the music of Jennie Allatt, one of the first women in America to become an organist and composer.

The Revolutionary War is vividly brought to life with a musically and visually captivating
performance of James Hewitt’s Battle of Trenton. You’ll watch as the organs became not only valued church instruments, but stunning and awesome concert hall instruments from sea to shining sea; instruments which thousands of people flocked to hear.  You’ll hear the organ music of America growing from its simple humble beginnings to the audience pleasing grand Toccata by Alfred Barnes.

From Sea to Shining Sea concludes with a rousing performance of Dudley Buck’s well-loved organ piece, The Concert Variations on The Star Spangled Banner.  The bombs burst in air with the rockets red glare as the power of the 19th century American organ music comes alive with this historic piece.

From Sea to Shining Sea – the history of our United States of America explored and presented by Dr. Jeannine and David Jordan through the voice of organists past, the thrilling performance of their organ music, and the lens of the camera to not only take you to 1703 but to see in real time the magic of creating the music you’ll come to know and love – the music of America!   

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"Thank you once again for a beautiful and inspiring program last Friday night. It was clear to all of us that you have put an incredible amount of time and effort into its preparation, and I was privileged
to be among those viewing it. Jeannine's exceptional talent at
the keyboard and David's facility with the visual aspects
combined for a superb evening.
Bravo!"
Graham Hicks
LaGrande, Oregon

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Our other MultiMedia Organ Concert is called Bach and Sons. Please join us for one of these
UPCOMING EVENTS

Bach and Sons
Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 7:30 PM
First United Methodist Church
Festival Concert Series
Port Huron, Michigan

Bach and Sons
Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 4 p.m.
First Congregational Church
Mel Larimer Concert Series
6105 Center Road
Traverse City, Michigan

Bach and Sons
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Brigham Young University
During the 2015 BYU Summer Organ Workshop
Provo, Utah
Upcoming Performances
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November 13, 2016
3:00 p.m.


First Presbyterian Church

Mary McDonald Music Series


Sunday,
March 5, 2017
3:00 p.m.
First United Methodist Church
1838 SW Jefferson St,
Portland, OR

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Past Performances of
From Sea to Shining Sea

Athens, OH 
First Presbyterian Church
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Moorsetown, NJ 

First United Methodist Church
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St. Louis, MO

St. Paul Lutheran Church

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Kennewick, WA
First Presbyterian Church
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Peoria, IL
First Christian Church
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Wooster, OH
Music on Market
Wooster United Methodist Church
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Providence, RI 
The First Baptist Church
in America
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Portland, OR
Rose City Park
United Methodist Church
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Cincinnati, OH
Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church
The Organ Concert Series
Opening concert for the
10th Anniversary Season
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Portland, OR 
First Baptist Church
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Lynnwood (Seattle), WA 
Trinity Lutheran Church
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Chattanooga, TN 
Memorial Auditorium
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Elmira, NY
Grace Episcopal Church
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Atlanta, GA 
First United Methodist Church
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Orleans (Cape Cod), MA
Church of the Holy Spirit
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Lincoln City, OR
Seventh Day Adventist Church
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Ocala, FL
First United Methodist Church
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 Lincolnwood(Chicago), IL
St. John's Lutheran
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New London, CT
The Cadet Chapel
Coast Guard Academy
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Spartanburg, SC
Church of the Advent
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Columbus, OH
Northwest Christian Church
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Warsaw, IN
First United Methodist Church
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Albany, NY
Westminster Presbyterian Church
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Kenmore (Buffalo), NY
First Presbyterian Church    
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Lewisburg, PA
Christ's Evangelical
Lutheran Church  
An Organ Spectacular Concert
as part of the
American Guild of Organists
International Year of the Organ
Sponsored by the Susquehanna Valley and Williamsport American Guild of Organists Chapters
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Madison, NJ 
St. Vincent Martyr Church  
An Organ Spectacular Concert
as part of the
American Guild of Organists
International Year of the Organ
   Sponsored by the Metropolitan New Jersey Chapter of the American Guild of Organists
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Duluth, MN
Pilgrim United Church of Christ   
    An American Guild of Organists
International Year of the Organ Concert
       Sponsored by the
Arrowhead Chapter of the American Guild of Organists
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Seaford, DE
Grace Baptist Church
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Alexandria, VA
Concerts for a Cause
Old Presbyterian Meeting House
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Portsmouth, VA
Monumental Concert Series 
Monumental United
Methodist Church
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Wichita, KS
  Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church
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American Guild of Organists Region VIII Convention Recital - Portland, OR
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Charleston, SC
Piccolo L'Organo Spoleto Festival Circular Congregational Church
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Portland, OR
The Old Church
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