PHOTO: Los Angeles isn't the only place getting free Bach this weekend. (Photo via Flickr/Prayitno)
Get ready for a Bach-party weekend.
LAist reports iconic music will ring through a beloved location this weekend in Los Angeles—although that is just the tip of this musical iceberg.
Union Station remains a major hub for the city’s public transportation, but on March 18 and 19, it will become something of a concert hall.
It’s Johann Sebastian Bach's 332nd birthday (although he probably doesn’t look a day over 320). To celebrate this fact, organizers are planning a 10-hour marathon concert for locals and tourists who happen to be around the popular area.
If you aren’t in Los Angeles, then you may still get a chance to hear this hypnotic music pepper the halls of the normally congested subways of New York City, Philadelphia, Winnipeg and other places around the globe.
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This is all part of the massive event called Bach in the Subways, started way back when the composer turned 326. Musician Dale Henderson started what is now an enormous outpouring of support for both Bach and classical music in general. Henderson began playing Bach’s music in subways back in 2010 and then invited others to join in the next year.
The website explains how huge these event has become: “Every March the movement grew – from a single cellist playing alone in New York's subways into a global phenomenon. By Bach's 330th in 2015 thousands of musicians in 150 cities in 40 countries offered Bach's music freely in public spaces, and now every year for Bach's birthday musicians unite to bring Bach to people around the world.”
So if you are lucky enough to be in Los Angeles, the event’s home of New York or any of the other 150 cities, take a moment to savor the music.
We normally sprint through subways on our way to the next destination, but this weekend marks that special moment when staying for a bit longer is simply sublime.