ADDRESSUnion Station, North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA, USA
ADDRESS DETAILSEast Portal, Ticket Hall, in front of Starbucks
TIMEMarch 24, 2018
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Bachground: Felix Hernandez is a Violinist and Violist. He resides in Los Angeles and enjoys a diverse career of free-lance playing in Orchestral and Chamber Music ensembles and teaches through several Music schools and programs in the Greater Los Angeles area. When he isn’t performing or teaching, he can be found walking his dog Icarus, sipping coffee, and polishing his Viola, an Otto Erdesz.
Thinking Bach: The music of J.S. Bach represents an incredible cultural zenith of imagination and genius in polyphonic writing and its’ popularity has only grown since its’ creation in the 18th century.
In this day and age of instant gratification and sensorial overload the music of Bach, to me, represents and facilitates an inward approach to music making. One must contemplate and commune with the Spirit of music making to effectively perform any of his works. Many of his finest works border on religious testaments and strafe into the realm of mysticism. While there is no question of Bach’s genius it is often tempting to forget that he was in some senses an ordinary family man of the 18th century. He sired nearly 20 children, several of whom died in childhood. This sense of mortality, depth of feeling, immediacy, and embracing of the present moment is so skillfully woven into the musical texture of all Bach’s music that it is no small wonder that after 300 years it still resonates with our deepest longings and aspirations as people.
BitS LA Impact: This will be my 5th year participating in BiTS. It’s been incredibly rewarding to see this social movement grow from a handful of colleagues to a deeply committed larger team of musicians and volunteers who, out of devotion and camaraderie return year after year. It is immensely rewarding as well sharing the music of Bach with the numerous audience members and particularly moving to see very young children moved to the point of swaying and engaging in open spontaneous movement. My hope is that the torch is passed from this generation to the next generation of musical questers and I draw immense inspiration from the possibility of having shepherded a single child into the global community of music-makers.