PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Commuters at two big SEPTA hubs were serenaded, in honor of one of classical music’s most revered figures, on his 332nd birthday!
Bach in the Subways was started by cellist Dale Henderson in the New York City subway system in 2010, when he became convinced that the decline in classical music audiences was largely because many never get a chance to experience it.READ MORE: Fourth Stimulus Check: Are We Any Closer To Another Relief Payment?
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So, he started playing in New York subways, declining money as he performed Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cello Suites.READ MORE: HISTORY! Trenton Native Athing Mu Becomes First Woman To Win Gold Medal In 800M Since 1968
“The subways are such an all-inclusive environment, an american democracy,” said Henderson.
Fast forward to 2017, and he says Bach in the Subways is performed on his birthday in 140 cities in 40 countries.
At Suburban Station in Philadelphia, on baroque instruments, Ann Bies playing recorder and flute and Anne Schuster Hunter, on bassoon, are part of the duo they call “Noje.” Hunter says Bach was a master composer.:
“‘They wrote this music to go straight to your heart. and it really does,” said Hunter.MORE NEWS: WATCH LIVE: Philadelphia Health Department To Hold COVID-19 Update Briefing
Musicians from the Philadelphia Orchestra performed later at Jefferson Station.