ADDRESSUnion Station, Los Angeles, CA, United States
TIMEMarch 18, 2017
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Jeehyun Lee is the first and principal organizer of Bach in the Subways – Los Angeles.
As the organizer of Bach in the Subways, Jeehyun gets asked this question a lot:
Are you a musician? No, she answers, but I am a fan of Bach.
Before Bach in the Subways, she fantasized about producing pop-up classical music concerts in public spaces. So in 2014, when she heard about Dale Henderson, the founder of Bach in the Subways and its all-volunteer, grassroots mission, it felt natural for her to take off with her L.A. vision, though initially, she only knew one musician, Dan Arthur Fritz, her saxophonist friend, whom she promptly recruited. In 2014, Bach in the Subways performances were held outdoors at four Metro stops and a park.
In 2015, she contacted Union Station and asked to use their beautiful venue for just a couple hours, a request that quickly grew to the first 10-Hour Bach Marathon. Around the same time, she contacted Mark Herman of the Los Angeles Organ Company and asked if they would like to participate in Bach in the Subways. Soon after she thought to merge the two and thus the fabulous Noontime Organ Concert in Union Station’s historic Ticketbooth Hall was born.
2017, in particular, is special to Jeehyun because her mother, the person who introduced her to Bach will be performing in a 60-person choir (a collaboration between Kyunggi Choir, GSC Choir and Grace Chorale) at the 10-Hour Bach Marathon at 5:00pm.
Jeehyun would like to thank Dale Henderson who went out into the New York subways and started Bach in the Subways, a movement that has grown to thousands of musicians in over 40 countries celebrating J.S. Bach’s birthday. She would like to thank Matthew Johnson at Union Station for his open mind and support, and her fellow organizers, Adrienne Andisheh, Jennifer Kiser and Felix Hernandez for collaborating with her. She also would like to thank all the musicians who answered her call to action to spread love and beauty in L.A. through the music of J.S. Bach. And of course, she thanks and is deeply inspired by the Bach in the Subways–L.A. audience members who are beautiful in diversity and in the enthusiastic reception of the music.
When Jeehyun is not planning Bach in the Subways, she works at KPFK radio or is in her darkroom making black and white photographs.
You can see her work at http://www.darkroomsolitaire.com
LA Times article about Jee and BitS