Early Years

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


Francœur Sonata in E Major: Adagio cantabile
Saint-Saëns Concerto in a minor: Allegro non troppo

Boston

2004 - 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.

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Schubert Arpeggione Sonata on Vermont Public Radio, May 2006

Early New York Years

2008 - 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 Subways

2010 - 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.


New Projects

The Six Bach Suites

2012 - 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 Johnson

2015 - 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 Nyaho

2015 - 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.


University Mini-Residency

2016

Bach in the Subways comes to campus. More

Developed in conjunction with DePauw University’s Professor of Cello Eric Edberg, this mini-residency offers an inspiring model both for classical music advocacy and for alternative performance models.