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Bach in the Subways


On Saturday, June 2, 2018, Dale Henderson, New York City cellist and founder of the spontaneous “Bach in the Subways” performances, will play live classical music for SEPTA riders in honor of legendary composer Johann Sebastian Bach’s 333rd birthday. This performance is part of Henderson’s #Bach333 initiative to continue celebrating the legendary composer’s 333rd birthday throughout 2018 by playing in cities where the Bach in the Subways movement has flourished.

The performance will be at Dilworth Park Concourse Level (at stairs leading to Market-Frankford & Broad Street Lines) beginning at 3p.

Johann Sebastian Bach’s 333rd birthday was March 21, 2018. To celebrate this milestone, Cellist Dale Henderson performed in 3 cities on 3 continents during the five-day birthday celebration (March 21-25). Henderson’s visit to Philadelphia is part of his ongoing #Bach333 initiative.

Henderson started Bach in the Subways in New York City in 2010. He performed the famous composer’s cello suites in the subway, and declined donations. Henderson explained to his audience with postcards his intent to sow seeds for future generations of classical musical lovers. To celebrate Johann Sebastian Bach’s 326th birthday on March 21, 2011, Henderson invited other musicians to join him and the Bach in the Subways movement was created. By 2016, thousands of classical performances were given by classical musicians in hundreds of countries throughout the world.


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