Bach in the Subways

Sunday, March 24, 2019 • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Heinz History Center
FREE but does not include History Center admission

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Johann Sebastian Bach’s worldwide birthday celebration is coming to Pittsburgh! Join us as Pittsburgh Opera cellist Paula Tuttle performs a pop-up 334th birthday concert for the legendary composer in the Heinz History Center’s Great Hall. This special performance is part of the worldwide “Bach in the Subways” movement, when hundreds of artists in more than 40 countries perform free Bach in subways and public spaces to share the love of their art form and sow the seeds for future generations of classical music lovers.


Admission to this pop-up performance in the History Center’s Great Hall is free, but does not include admission to the History Center’s exhibitions.

Cellist Paula Tuttle has traveled and performed throughout the U.S., Europe, and the Far East as an orchestral musician, soloist, and chamber music artist. She played as principal cello for the internationally renowned Spoleto Festival in Charleston, S.C., and the Festival of the Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy. She presented numerous recitals in France during three summers at the Acadamie Franco-Americaine in Vaison-la-Romaine, Provence. She has been active as soloist and recitalist in Western Pennsylvania, recently performing concertos with Butler Symphony, Edgewood Symphony Orchestra, I Solisti di Oakland, University of Pittsburgh Symphony, and Slippery Rock University Orchestra. A member of the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Orchestras, performing as assistant principal as well as principal cello, she also plays solo cello with PBS’s MyMusic Orchestra and Latshaw Pops Orchestra and has recorded extensively with both groups.


About Bach in the Subways

In 2010, cellist Dale Henderson began frequent performances of the Bach Cello Suites in the subways of New York City. Convinced a decline in classical audiences was largely because many people never get a chance to experience this music live and up close, he believed Bach to be the perfect ambassador for his art form. Feeling the experience was infinitely more powerful with money removed from the equation, Henderson declined donations and instead offered audiences free postcards explaining that his intentions were to sow the seeds for future generations of classical music lovers. His efforts, which he called “Bach in the Subways,” attracted appreciative attention from fans, other musicians, and the media. In following years, Bach in the Subways caught fire around the world, spreading to train stations, on moving trains, on street corners, in cafés, malls, restaurants, zoos, and concerts open to all.

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