Bringing Bach to the streets in San Antonio and beyond

Posted on: March 21, 2017

“Office workers, tourists, runners, construction workers, and a bearded monk … crossed Main Plaza and heard a live concert of works by Johann Sebastian Bach” on Monday in San Antonio, writes Nancy Cook-Monroe in Tuesday’s (3/21) Rivard Report (TX). “As part of a program called Bach in the Subways, public concerts are being performed here and in 150 cities in 40 countries March 18-21 in celebration of the famous composer’s birthday, March 21, 1685. New York cellist Dale Henderson began performing Bach in subways in 2011 as a way to sow seeds to grow future generations of classical music lovers…. Since San Antonio doesn’t have a subway, Main Plaza next to San Fernando Cathedral seemed like a good alternative, said violinist Erin Rushforth.… Members of the San Antonio Symphony, violin teachers, students, amateur violinists, a cellist, a violist, and a trumpet player—performed for two hours…. Adrianna Bec, who is 10 … has been playing violin since she was 4…. She played, and occasionally smiled up at her instructor, former associate San Antonio Symphony concertmaster Matthew Zerweck, who played next to her.” The event was organized by San Antonio Symphony violinist Aimee Toomes Lopez.

Posted March 21, 2017

Pictured: San Antonio Symphony musicians perform alongside other area musicians in a March 20 “Bach in the Subways” concert in the plaza in front of San Antonio’s San Fernando Cathedral. Photo by Scott Ball