For His 327th Birthday, Bach Goes Underground

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Wednesday was a big day for Bach enthusiast Dale Henderson, it being J.S. Bach's 327th birthday as well as the second “Bach in the Subways Day."

Through a Facebook page, the 35-year-old cellist assembled a number of other musicians -- including a baroque oboist and a string trio -- and they dispersed Wednesday to subway platforms and corridors from the South Bronx to Park Slope in Brooklyn, proudly celebrating Bach's life and music, sans the birthday candles.

A graduate of the New England Conservatory, Henderson moved to New York City in 2008. While working as a private cello teacher and giving occasional recitals he soon began performing in subway stations throughout the city. And he plays only one thing: the music of J.S. Bach.

Henderson said his aim with his underground series is "to sow the seeds for future generations of classical music lovers," adding, "We do not want money, but simply ask that you listen and open yourself up to the power of the music."

On Sunday at 3 o'clock, Henderson will present an all-Bach Concert at Christ & St. Stephen's Church, 120 West 69th St. The program is to feature performances by players from the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Admission is free with a suggested donation of $20 to benefit a hospital in Haiti.

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