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The idea is simple: spark millions of singular moments of musical discovery in public spaces around the world on Bach's Birthday.
120 backers pledged $15,542 to help bring this project to life.

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When people hear the music of Johann Sebastian Bach they are permanently changed – inspired, moved, often shocked by the power of the music to absorb and usher the listener into a world of beauty and intelligence. That's why in 2010 I started offering frequent free performances of Bach's Cello Suites in the subways of New York City to show people the splendor of an art form which sadly many never get the chance to hear live and up close.

NEW YORK, 2010: Dale Henderson
NEW YORK, 2010: Dale Henderson

In 2011 I started inviting other musicians to join the fun on Bach's birthday, March 21, and over the years the numbers grew...

and grew...

and grew.

On Bach's 330th birthday – March 21, 2015 – thousands of musicians in 130 cities in 40 countries performed on Bach in the Subways Day. More Bach was played and heard than ever before in human history – in subways, cafes, street corners, schools, churches, museums, airports, and more. The world was brightened and bettered by this colossal, collective act of inspiration and generosity.

LOS ANGELES, 2014: Aine Gallagher, violin & Erik Miron, guitar
LOS ANGELES, 2014: Aine Gallagher, violin & Erik Miron, guitar

Our goal with this Kickstarter campaign has three parts:

1) We've already spent many thousands of dollars on Bach in the Subways: designing, building, and maintaining a website that can handle Bach in the Subways Day 2015; global outreach; printing tens of thousands of Bach in the Subways Day cards and shipping them around the world; publicity & social media efforts. We'd like to cover our costs.

2) Organizers in other cities have accrued thousands of dollars of costs of their own which we'd like to help with. Although we organized fundraising concerts in L.A. and Seattle last February which covered those cities' Bach in the Subways Day expenses, others are still in the red. We'd like to be able to help.

3) We've done the preliminary organizational registration necessary to set Bach in the Subways up in a sustainable way such that we can continue our efforts over the coming years. But we've got more to do to and fees for this type of registration run in the thousands of dollars.

Help us bring Bach to the future with more inspiring and world-bettering Bach in the Subways Days and other Bach in the Subways events.

Risks and challenges

The Risks and challenges are over – we did it! Praise and thanks to all the 1000s of people around the world who made bach in the Subways Day a resounding success.

Check Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/BachInTheSubways
and Twitter
https://twitter.com/bachinthesubway
to see pictures and videos of Bach in the Subways Day performances around the world.

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    A shout-out from Bach himself: your name on our website thanking you for increasing "GGB" – Gross Global Bach.

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    One special Bach in the Subways Day postcard signed by the founder, Dale Henderson himself.

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    Digital download of a movement of your choice from Dale's February performance of the six Bach Suites in Los Angeles.

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    Limited edition glossy poster print of Bach with his birthday hat, signed by Dale Henderson, and a digital download of a movement of your choice from Dale's February performance of the six Bach Suites in Los Angeles.

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    Limited edition glossy poster print of Bach with his birthday hat, signed by Dale Henderson, and digital download of a Suite of your choice from Dale's February performance of the six Bach Suites in Los Angeles.

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    Live performance in New York City of any or all of Bach's six Solo Cello Suites by Dale Henderson.

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