Friday, March 20, 2015


If you are a lover of fine music, OR if you really love the music composed by that master, Johann Sebastian Bach, OR if you just ain't got nothing else to do...


Tomorrow is Bach's birthday. If he were still alive, he who would be 330 years old that day --- and that's even older than I am, believe it or not! In observance of his birthday, Metro is presenting what I call a 10-hour Bach-a-thon, to which I want to invite all of my FB Friends (and anyone they know who might be interested). Here are highlights of the celebration at Union Station:

What to me will be the absolute pinnacle of the day's celebration will take place from 12 noon - 1PM in the grand, cathedral-like Old Ticketing Concourse: A concert of J.S. Bach organ works, performed on a splendid Allen instrument supplied by The Los Angeles Organ Company.

Unfortunately, at the same time as some other offerings will be:

In the station, back by Starbucks and Subway:
10:00 - 10:25AM: Milan Schonberger,  cello
10:30 - 10:55AM: Candy Bilyk, viola
11:00 - 11:15AM: Jaime Avila, Violin

and, in the East Portal, near Metro Customer Service:
10:00 - 10:55AM: Felix Hernandez, Violin
11:00 - Noon: Roger Lebow, Cello
1:30 - 1:55PM: Cary Belling, Violin
2:00 - 2:55PM: The Calyx Quartet
3:00 - 3:10PM: Jaime Avila, Violin
3:20 - 3:55PM: Stanley Oropesa, Accordion
4:00 - 4:15PM: 3-19 Dance Art
4:15 - 4:25PM: Felix Hernandez, Violin
4:30 - 4:55PM: Diana Irving & Alexa Smith, Flute duo
5:00 - 5:50PM: Isaura String Quartet
6:00 - 6:30PM: Vardan Gasparyan, Cello
6:35 - 7:00PM: Megan Knapp, Cello
7:00 - 7:10PM: Moses Kim, Cello

In the area just east of the newsstand in the main waiting room of the station:

1:05 - 1:55PM: Bach chamber music, with a splendid chamber ensemble
2:00 - 2:40PM: Henry Garf, performing on classical Guitar
2:45 - 2:55PM: Jaime Avila, performing on Violin.
3:00 - 3:30PM: Diana Irving & Alexa Smith, Flute duo

3:30 - 4:25PM: The Noir Quartet (Classical Saxophone)
3:30 - 4:55PM: Dan Arthur Fritz (alto sax) and Neil Harris Galanter (keyboard).
5:00 - 5:25PM: Mansolin Ensemble LA
5:30 - 6:00PM: Jim Stark, Violin
6:00 - 6:40PM: Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Viola.

From 6:50 - 8:00PM, the breathtaking Third Brandenburg Concerto. When I lived in Portland, Oregon, a number of years ago, I patronized one of the four bars I knew in the downtown area which featured classical music on their jukeboxes. This was, by far,the most popular piece on that 'box. Unfortunately, because of a prior unbreakable commitment, I can't be present for this...but YOU GO!

The renowned Traxx Restaurant now serves a fine brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, so you can make a day of FINE MUSIC and FINE FOOD this Saturday. Of course, you can enjoy food and drink later in that day, too.

Please stop by the Information Booth at the West (Alameda Street)entrance to the station, just outside the Old Ticketing Concourse, and say Hi to me!

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