BART invites local musicians to celebrate Bach and his music on March 22

03.06.19

BART invites local musicians to celebrate Bach and his music on March 22

Bach in the Subways

BART invites local musicians to join us and Bach in the Subways in a worldwide celebration of Johann Sebastian Bach and his enduring music on Friday, March 22 from 4:30-7 pm.‬ Come listen to the music in our free areas or help participate and play music.

Bach in the Subways is an international celebration of the German Baroque composer, whose prolific body of work in the early and mid 18th century has been cherished through the centuries. Bach in the Subways was started organically by New York City-based musician Dale Henderson in 2010 and has grown into musicians playing Bach in public spaces like subway stations in 150 cities in 40 countries.

‪If you want to participate, here are 3 quick steps to follow:‬

1) Register at https://bachinthesubways.org/register-a-performance/
‪2) Email your selected station and time to FreeSpeech@bart.gov to apply for an Expressive Activity Permit‬
‪3) Show up with your permit and play Bach!‬

For participating musicians, BART requires that they not affix any signs on the walls, no amplified music, and only perform in non-paid areas of the stations. Bach in the Subways requires that participating musicians not solicit tips or accept any money as it is meant to be a shared gift of musical joy. Read more about requirements and guidelines here.

As of March 19, North Berkeley, MacArthur, 12th Street Oakland and Civic Center stations have been reserved for the event.