SEPTA riders treated to 'soul stirring' classical sounds

"Bach on the Subway is a music movement to bring public awareness, enthusiasm, excitement for classical music."

Andrew Kramer
June 02, 2018 - 11:56 pm

Andrew Kramer | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- SEPTA riders coming and going at the City Hall Station were treated to a surprise on Saturday.  

Typically commuters wouldn’t normally hear the sounds of a famous German composer inside of SEPTA stations.

But on Saturday, that would change.

The music of legendary composer Johann Sebastian Bach filled the underground along the Dilworth Park Concourse thanks to cellist Dale Henderson.

"Bach on the Subway is a music movement to bring public awareness, enthusiasm, excitement for classical music by performing in places where people who won't usually hear classical music get a chance to hear it," said Henderson.

He says the reaction is usually positive

"You draw in a lot of people who are not expecting to hear something that draws them in, that's very beautiful, that's very soul stirring," he adds.

This performance is part of Henderson's ongoing initiative to keep Bach's legacy alive.