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. Growing up nearby, as a child Dale appreciatively renamed the city “New Vienna” for the many world class musicians he was fortunate to hear, watch, and learn from. 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 at 12


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 years 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, Shostakovich, and 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

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 those 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 an international musicians’ movement. More

In 2010 Dale Henderson began frequent performances of the Bach Cello Suites in the subways of New York City. Declining donations, he instead offered audiences 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 across the entire planet – thousands of musicians in 150 cities in 40 countries offered Bach’s music freely in public spaces. 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 on a life of its own. More

Henderson takes his audience on the epic musical journey of the Suites while sharing about Pablo Casals’ role in revitalizing this amazing music, and about his own experience watching Bach in the Subways flower across the world. Now various organizations creatively adapt the original program to showcase both Henderson’s Bach as well as the spirit behind Bach in the Subways.


Parsa Duo with Elisabeth Remy Johnson

2015 - Present

Principal harpist for the Atlanta Symphony & old friend joins Henderson in a duo dedicated to core musical values. More

Growing up together as friends and musicians in the Boston area, Elisabeth Remy Johnson and Henderson both left New England as adults and forged their own paths as musicians. Reconnected in early 2015 through Bach in the Subways, the two determined to form a duo dedicated to the inspiration and fun that were so much a part of the music making they shared in their student years.


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 first met Henderson and performed Bach’s G Major Sonata for Viola da Gamba & Harpsichord on modern cello & piano in early 2015. Both passionate to delve deeper into this ingenious body of work, they debuted their Complete da Gamba Sonatas program that winter in Seattle and New York, and most recently performed the program to a sold out crowd for the concert series at Bloedel Reserve near Seattle. Further 2017 appearances are planned.


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.