German composer Johann Sebastian Bach will be marking his 332nd birthday, and Los Angeles will commemorate the it by celebrating the 2017 Bach Marathon at Union Station with a 10-hour play of the his music.
Two hundred musicians will stage a performance on March 18 from 9 AM to 7 PM. Food establishments in the station will hold their own activities as well.
Passengers will get to listen to the pieces on four locations of the venue: the Waiting Hall, the Historic Ticket Hall, the North Patio and the East Portal. The first hour will have commuters enjoy the Coffee Cantata complimentary coffee by Starbucks.
All through the 10-hour marathon, volunteer musicians will get to play Bach pieces and sing in Korean and Latin. The Los Angeles Organ Company will have noontime organ recital, while famed violinist, Phillip Levy will be the featured soloist in Bach's A Minor Violin Concerto, the Fifth Brandenburg Concerto, and Erbarme dich on the day's finale.
Moreover, there will be a birthday cake for Bach on the day to be shared with everyone. Jeehyun Lee, organizer of Bach in the Subways LA, told Lonely Planet: "Everybody has heard the music in a movie, show or commercial or in a haunted house, but so many people don't know that it was Bach who wrote it, when that connection is made it's really cool."
Various dance art will also be featured in the subway to the tune of Bach. The 3-19 Dance Art will be performing with Clover String Quartet on the afternoon at the North Patio of Union Station. There will also be pop-up Bach performances on March 18 to 21 at Los Angeles' Universal City, Claremont, and Glendale.
Bach in the Subways is in its 7th year and was founded by New York cellist Dale Henderson. It has performed in 150 cities and 40 countries. More information on the program can be found here.
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