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


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. While BART is officially inviting musicians on March 22, Bach in the Subways is open for musicians to register from March 21 to March 24. 

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

1) Register at
‪2) Email your selected station and time to [email protected] 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.

The Performance Schedule can be found at

North Berkeley 4:30pm-6pm

16th Street Mission 4:30pm-5pm

Walnut Creek 4:30pm-5pm

12th Street Oakland 5pm-6pm

Civic Center 5:30pm-7pm Friday, 1pm-5pm Saturday

MacArthur 6pm-7pm