I’m Dale Henderson, cellist and Bach in the Subways founder – excited to share about #Bach333.
What is #Bach333?
March 21st is Bach’s 333rd birthday. There was something about the number. Music is all about patterns and patterns are essentially math. The way numbers interact and play with each other is important to me. I started thinking about the congruence between the numbers and got really excited with the concept of celebrating this birthday by traveling to perform Bach in the Subways on three continents in three cities to honor Bach’s 333rd Birthday.
I usually join Bach’s birthday celebration from my home base in New York City. When I started this movement, it was just me. Bach in the Subways is an organism. I was its mother – taking care of an infant 24/7. I was in 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, I could feel the organism I created expanding around the world. It was a miraculous experience. I had a sense of this living, breathing thing that began with me, and grew to include more people than I ever imagined. By Bach’s 330th birthday in 2015 (again the 3’s) 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 see for myself 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 created in the subways of New York.
What cities will I be visiting?
One surprise left! We revealed Singapore and Tbilisi, we will reveal our last #Bach333 city the day before Bach turns 333. Stay tuned to our social handles, follow me on Facebook and Twitter, and click here to find a concert near you.