When cellist Dale Henderson started playing the music of J.S. Bach in New York City’s subway stations, it was a project he undertook out of despair.
He was afraid that the music he loved so much was losing its place in the world as an art form that could comfort and inspire people. So for several days a week, he posted up in subway stations, refusing the donations that other buskers solicited. Instead, he offered cards that encouraged people to find out more about what they were listening to. For Henderson, making this music accessible was a priority.
Bach in the Subways grew into a global movement in just a few short years. During that time, Henderson has focused his efforts on developing a special Bach in the Subways Day on March 21st, Bach’s birthday. In 2015, on Bach’s 330th birthday, Bach in the Subways participants held events in over 40 different countries around the world, from Canada to Korea, from Japan to Germany.
The celebrations have only grown since then. This year, Bach in the Subways Day is gearing up to be bigger than ever, as participants plan a four-day bonanza taking place from March 18-21. To find out more about how you can get involved in events near you (or to start one of your own), check out the Bach in the Subways website, or take a look at the interactive map here.