I’m Dale Henderson, cellist and Bach in the Subways founder – excited to share about #Bach333.
What is #Bach333?
March 21, 2018 was Bach’s 333rd birthday. Music is all about patterns and patterns are essentially math, so the way numbers interact and play with each other is important to me. I was 33 when I started Bach in the Subways. The first Bach in the Subways birthday celebration to go wildly global happened on Bach’s 330th. This birthday felt significant! I started thinking about the congruence between all these numbers and got really excited by the concept of traveling to perform Bach in the Subways on three continents in three cities to honor Bach’s 333rd Birthday.
When I started Bach in the Subways it was just me, and the project was like a new-born. Like a parent caring for an infant, I needed to be there constantly. I went down into the subways three times a week, exhausted but inspired, giving all my energy to share my love and passion for this music with as many people as possible.
Over time, as I kept pouring my energy into it, this vibrant organism began expanding around the world. It was a miraculous experience. I had a sense of this beautiful, living, breathing thing that began with me, and then grew to include more people than I ever imagined. By Bach’s 330th birthday in 2015 I was joined by thousands of musicians in almost 150 cities around the planet.
The movement has now grown into a global, fully fledged adult. I want to go out into the world – find it where it is and experience what it has become. A beautiful organism with bright spots of activity all around our planet! My goal with #Bach333 is to experience that which is at once very familiar and altogether different from what I started in the subways of New York.
What cities will I be visiting?
In March I visited Seattle, Singapore and Tbilisi, Georgia – each city slowly revealed on social media over the weeks leading up to Bach’s big day. We chose these cities because each fosters its own unique and flourishing Bach in the Subways organization. I continue celebrating Bach’s 333rd throughout 2018 with performances in other cities where Bach in the Subways has flourished. Check out Bach in the Subways’ social handles along with my Facebook and Twitter for further details.