Veterans Day Concert – Friday, November 6, 2015

by Martin Dicke on October 15, 2015

From Sea to Shining SeaConcert featuring Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organ

Celebrate Veterans Day on Friday, November 6 at 7:30 p.m. as the Peoria Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and First Christian Church, Peoria present a unique multi-media concert entitled “From Sea to Shining Sea.” With stunning visuals, this concert traces the history of early America with some of America’s most-beloved concert organ music. A narration and a live video feed of the organist is provided so that audience can fully understand and appreciate the program.

Admission is $12 Adults / $10 Senior Citizens / Children and Students free. Veterans will also be offered FREE admission for this special concert.

James & Jeanine JordanConcert Information

Title: From Sea to Shining Sea: The Organ-ization of America”

Date and Location:

Friday, November 6 at 7:30 p.m.

First Christian Church
6400 N. University Ave.
Peoria, IL 61614

Artists: Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organ, and David Jordan, media specialist

Admission: $12 Adults / $10 Senior Citizens / Children and Students free. Veterans will also be offered FREE admission for this special concert

Concert Website:

Concert Poster: Poster – Veterans Day Concert 2015

Press Release: Press Release – Veterans Day Concert 2015

Concert Description

3aEvinIWith this program Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist, and media artist David Jordan share the fascinating story of early American and how the organ developed in America from its roots in Europe to becoming the premiere social and concert instrument.

Through the voices of organists past, the thrilling performance of their organ music, and the lens of the camera that takes us not only back to 1703 but also in real time to see the magic of creating the music you’ll come to know and love, “From Sea to Shinging Sea” celebrates America, its music, and its musicians!

“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.

james-hewitt-the-battle-of-trenton-4Following this foray into the 21st century, Dr. Jordan takes us back to 1703 with a quote from a diary 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, this entry is the first documented evidence of an organist, an organ, and organ music in America.  Against a backdrop of visuals taking us 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.

We also enter 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 The Battle of Trenton by James Hewitt (1770-1827). You’ll watch as organs became not only valued church instruments, but stunning and awesome concert instruments filling halls 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.

31HBwWmCU+L._BO1,204,203,200_“From Sea to Shining Sea” concludes with a rousing performance of the well-loved organ piece, The Concert Variations on The Star Spangled Banner by Dudley Buck (1839-1909). The bombs burst in air with the rockets red glare as the power of the 19th century American organ music comes alive with this famous and historic piece.

Please join as at First Christian Church on Friday, November 6 at 7:30 p.m. for this amazing concert.


“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



Kapelle from Concordia University Chicago to Perform in Pekin

by Rachel Keehner on October 12, 2015

The Kapelle from Concordia University Chicago, under the direction of Dr. Charles Brown, will present a concert at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 711 Court Street in Pekin, on Friday, October 23 at 7 PM. The performance is part of the choir’s Fall tour, with a program titled “God is Love’: Music for Reformation and All Saints.” A freewill offering will be taken.


Kapelle is the premier choral ensemble of the university, with members chosen by audition and including both music majors and those focusing on other fields of study. Each year the choir embarks on tours in the Fall and Spring, traveling to different regions of the U.S., in addition to participation in the university’s annual Service of Lessons and Carols and other performance opportunities. Every four years the Kapelle also completes an international tour, most recently touring in Poland last spring. In addition, the ensemble has produced eleven recordings of sacred music.


Dr. Charles Brown is in his fourteenth year as director of choral activities at Concordia University Chicago where he conducts Kapelle and also Männerchor. He earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Arizona in choral conducting and voice performance. At Concordia, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in conducting, choral literature, singer’s diction, applied voice, aural skills, and choral music education. Brown is also regularly involved in festivals and workshops throughout the country, serves on the board of the American Choral Directors Association Central Division, and has been active in the Chicago area singing bass-baritone roles, specializing in Baroque oratorio music.


Concordia University Chicago is a liberal arts-based university affiliated with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and a member of the Concordia University System. Founded in 1864 as a teacher’s college, the university now offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs in education, the arts and sciences, and business. The academic institution also continues to prepare individuals for service to the church as Lutheran school teachers, Directors of Christian Education, Deaconesses, and church musicians.

Walter Stout in Concert and Peoria AGO Meeting

by Martin Dicke on September 24, 2015

We would like to invite you to a special organ concert featuring Walter Stout on Sunday, October 4 at 3:00 p.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church, 200 Colona Ave., Bartonville on their newly renovated Casavant organ. The concert will feature music of John Knowles Paine, Dietrich Buxtehude, J. S. Bach, Marcel Dupré, and Louis Vierne. Julie Clemens will join him to sing Mozart’s Exsultate, Jubilate, KV 165 (158a) in Walter’s own transcription.

This concert will be the first event of the 2015-16 Peoria AGO Concert Artist Series. The concert will be followed by a short Peoria AGO meeting and a chapter dinner. To attend the dinner, please RSVP to this e-mail or call Martin Dicke at (309) 696-4797.

Walter J. Stout is a Peoria AGO member who has served as organist at Bethel since November 2010. A church musician since 1976, he has served churches ranging in size from 12 members to 1,500 families in Texas, Oklahoma and Illinois. He holds degrees in Music performance from Texas State University, San Marcos, and the University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma and completed post-graduate work at the University of North Texas and the University of Oklahoma. He began work as Bethel’s parish secretary in January, 2013. He also serves as an Adjunct professor of Musicianship and Class Piano at Illinois Central College in East Peoria.