Other people’s passsionate commitments give us great gifts. Dale Henderson is a classical musician who wants more people to be able to hear classical music.
So for the last 3 years he has organised classical musicians to play Bach in Subway stations for Bach’s birthday, NYPost.
Just the other day and for the two previous years on Bach’s birthday jaded New Yorkers on the way to work stood still and smiled to hear beautiful music waft through the grime and smelliness of the subways, bringing joy to the musicians who played as well as the listeners.
In previous years it seems musicians playing string instruments seem to have predominated but this year a cajon player, a choir, accordianists and an electric cello player were added to the list of musicians playing or in one case, singing.
Bach would have turned 328 this year and there is something amazing about music composed so long ago echoing through the venerable subways of NYC, it’s like 2 cultures agreeing to collaborate.
Because NYC’s subways have a history of allowing all sorts of artists and musicians to do their stuff and letting countless new Yorkers enjoy for free gifts they wouldn’t otherwise ahve much access to.