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ABOUT see/hear L.A.:

see/hear L.A. is a volunteer driven, grassroots organization led by Jee Hyun Lee and Adrienne Andisheh with the aim to promote live performance, and to simply share the music of classical musical composers through retrospective, marathon-style presentation. see/hear L.A.’s current project, the annual 10 Hour Bach Marathon takes place at the iconic Union Station L.A. in March.

“We craft our events with a sense of wonder and through the lightness of humor. Our intention is to create an approachable and aesthetically pleasing environment where people from all walks of life can connect and enjoy the impact of live classical music in their own unique way. We are passionate about audience equality and presenting free live performances for all. We are equally passionate about creating opportunities for education and outreach, highlighting local professional, amateur, student performers, and groups.” —Jee Hyun Lee & Adrienne Andisheh, see/hear L.A.

BACHGROUND:

Early in 2014, whilst hastily on a coffee run in between gigs on a busy day, violinist Adrienne Andisheh was approached by Jee Hyun Lee, a fan of classical music and live performance. Jee had spotted the violin case Adrienne had over her shoulder, and had assumed correctly that she was a classical musician.  Jee proceeded to tell Adrienne briefly about her hope to bring live J.S. Bach performances to the streets of Los Angeles in honor of his birthday, but she knew only one classical musician.  She asked if Adrienne would like to perform and if she knew others who might be interested.  They exchanged contact information, and as they parted ways, Jee handed Adrienne a stack of flyers with the image of J.S. Bach wearing a birthday hat.  Adrienne was immediately intrigued, charmed and excited- this idea to celebrate Bach and give the gift of his music on his birthday- it was so simple and beautiful.  Less than a month later, she was an eager participant in the very first Bach Marathon and has been ever since.

The inaugural 2014 Bach Marathon performances were held outdoors at four Metro stops with 38 musicians participating. Jee, who had organized her first performing arts event, hopped on trains to one performance to another. It was amazing to see that people sought out and came to see/hear the live performances...  For the final performance of the day, Adrienne had organized an ensemble of strings to play outside the Civic Center station.  It was cold and so windy that their music kept flying off the musicians’ stands.  There was an energy and a connection with the audience that Adrienne had never experienced before performing in any hall, and all those who participated that day knew they had been a part of something unique and special.  

In 2015, Jee approached Union Station L.A. to host the Bach Marathon which quickly grew to become the 10 Hour Bach Marathon headlining with “Noontime Organ Concert” by the Los Angeles Organ Company in the historic Ticketbooth Hall. Over five short years, the annual Bach Marathon has grown from its very humble beginnings to the now large-scale festival event at Union Station.

In 2018, J.S. Bach turned 333 and to celebrate, the 10 Hour Bach Marathon program included 40 performances with 25O+ volunteer musicians from various cultural, socio-economic backgrounds who performed Bach’s music for an equally diverse audience estimated at 3.5K.

With  Jee & Adrienne’s combined vision, efforts & tenacity, as well as support from their partners at Union Station, Metro Art and the many volunteer musicians and event volunteers who share belief in this volunteer-driven event, it truly does “take a village” to bring this extraordinary event to fruition.  

In February 2018, Jee & Adrienne launched their new production company see/hear LA, so they can bring the retrospective, marathon-style programs from different composers and genres to audiences year-round.

 


 

 

 
Jee handing out flyers at the first Bach Marathon in 2014.

Jee handing out flyers at the first Bach Marathon in 2014.

 
 
In 2014, the first Bach Marathon was held outdoors. Civic Center Metro stop was one of the performance spaces.

In 2014, the first Bach Marathon was held outdoors. Civic Center Metro stop was one of the performance spaces.

 
 
The first ever Bach Marathon Finale organized by Adrienne

The first ever Bach Marathon Finale organized by Adrienne

 
Union Station’s historic Ticket Hall

Union Station’s historic Ticket Hall

 
Live flowers spell out B A C H

Live flowers spell out B A C H