What is #Bach333? Cellist and Bach in the Subways founder Dale Henderson explains:
As a child learning cello, what consistently drew me forward in my work was sharing my music with others. A magic alchemy occurred in the interaction between myself and the audience that created living worlds of meaning – a sense of connectedness with my fellow human beings that transcended any other communal experience I knew.
Never was this feeling more vivid and intense than during my first Bach in the Subways performance – an overwhelmingly positive, expansive, globe encompassing sense of inspiration, brightness, and inclusion. At that time in early 2010, Bach in the Subways was my simple solo project and that feeling just an inspiration. But this vibrant inspiration compelled me forward, performing Bach in the Subways a few times each week to share with as many people as possible, and then in March of 2011 inviting other musicians to join me for Bach’s birthday.
Watching in joy as my solo project expanded into a global music movement, it appeared as though that initial, amazing inspiration grew and flowered outside of me to manifest as a living organism in the real world. Miraculous! By March 21, 2015 thousands of musicians joined me around the planet in sharing this incredible music.
Last March Bach turned 333; I was 33 when I started Bach in the Subways; the first Bach in the Subways birthday celebration to go wildly global was 3 years ago, on Bach’s 330th birthday. This birthday felt significant! The same feelings that drove me since Bach in the Subways began compelled me to follow this beautiful thing I’d started in New York and experience it in places around the world where it had taken root and flourished.
What cities will I be visiting?
I performed in 3 cities in 3 countries on 3 continents for the March 21-25 global birthday celebration. Seattle, Singapore and Tbilisi, Georgia are all places that have fostered their own unique and dynamic Bach in the Subways organizations. In June I continued in Philadelphia, in September Kolkata, India, and in early October I’ll visit 3 California cities in 3 days where Bach in the Subways has flourished!