Growing up in the vibrant classical music community of Boston, inspired by teachers, and performing regularly. More
Boston is a major center of classical music in the United States. As a child growing up nearby, Dale appreciatively called the city “New Vienna” for the many world class musicians he was fortunate to watch, learn from, and play with. Work and performance in orchestras, chamber music groups, and as a soloist formed the basis of Henderson’s musical upbringing.
Pictured here with Eiji Oue.
Dale as a student
Boston2004 - 2008
Connecting underserved students with classical while concertizing with pianist Annemeike McLane. More
During his time in Boston Henderson concertized extensively with Vermont based pianist Annemieke McLane. The duo took on a number of rigorous programs including a three day, three concert cycle featuring the Complete Beethoven Sonatas and the Shostakovich & Prokofiev Sonatas, as well as a performance of Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata live on Vermont Public Radio.
Early New York Years2008 - 2012
Bringing Bach to the people while presenting inventive programs with pianist Molly Kiser. More
Dale Henderson moved to New York in late 2008 and began his intensive work to “save the music” (CNN) through Bach in the Subways in early 2010. During his early years in New York he joined pianist Molly Kiser to present a number of wide ranging programs. The duo’s performances included appearances at the W.M.P. Concert Hall as well as CUNY’s Hunter College.
Bach in the Subways2010 - Present
The underground performances that grew into a global music movement. More
In 2010 Dale Henderson began frequent performances of the Bach Cello Suites in the subways of New York City. Declining donations, he offered audiences free souvenir postcards explaining his intentions to sow the seeds for future generations of classical music lovers. Inviting other musicians to join him for Bach’s birthday, by 2015 Bach in the Subways had spread to 140 cities in 40 countries – 1000s of musicians joined the cause. Now every year for Bach’s birthday musicians unite to bring classical music to new audiences around the world.
Suite No. 1 in G Major, prelude
The Six Bach Suites2012 - Present
The program naturally evolving from Bach in the Subways takes to the concert hall. More
Henderson skillfully takes his audience on Bach’s epic musical journey. Various organizations creatively adapt the program to showcase both Henderson’s Bach and the inspiring story of Bach in the Subways’ growth from a single cellist in New York City into a worldwide music movement.
Parsa Duo with Elisabeth Remy Johnson2015 - Present
Atlanta Symphony's Principal Harp Elisabeth Remy Johnson joins Henderson to explore core musical values. More
With a third season that has seen tours in Rio de Janeiro and Massachusetts and an oversold performance on Bainbridge Island, Washington, Parsa Duo was formed to explore the inspiration and high quality of music making that Henderson & Remy Johnson shared as fellow music students in Boston.
The Complete da Gamba Sonatas with William Chapman Nyaho2015 - Present
Ghanaian American pianist Nyaho & Henderson delve into Bach's other great body of work for cello. More
Nyaho & Henderson first performed Bach’s G Major da Gamba Sonata together in early 2015 for Seattle’s Bach in the Subways. Both equally passionate to delve deeper into this ingenious body of work, they debuted the Complete da Gamba Sonatas program winter 2015-16 in Seattle and New York. Other performance highlights include a sell out appearance at Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island in 2016, and a 2017 private recital for New York’s Hereford Arts.
Bach in the Subways comes to campus. More