‘Bach in the Subways': Classical Music Performances for SEPTA, PATCO Commuters

Some classical music could be coming to your daily commute

What to Know

  • 'Bach in the Subways,' an organization that stages performances of Johann Sebastian Bach's music in public spaces, is coming to Philly.
  • SEPTA, PATCO, and Amtrak will allow musicians to perform in their stations.
  • Performances are expected to take place from from March 21 to March 24.

Your commute could be the hottest ticket in town.

Bach in the Subways brings its live musical performances to public spaces in Philadelphia starting Thursday through the weekend. The New York-based organization is known for assembling groups of musicians to transit stations play the music of classical composer Johann Sebastian Bach in celebration of his birthday.

SEPTA is welcoming Bach in the Subways, celebrating Bach's 334th birthday, as part of its "Music and Moves" initiative, which aims to connect riders with artists in the community. The transit authority has approved performances at its City Hall, Jefferson, Norristown, Suburban and 30th Street stations. So keep your ears open.

PATCO will also allow the musicians to perform in its Philadelphia and South Jersey stations. Additionally, Amtrak is welcoming the all-volunteer group to play in its food court in 30th Street Station.

Click here for a full list of the Philly area public transit performances.

Bach in the Subways originated in 2011 as a way to renew interest in classical music. It began with two musicians performing in a New York City subway station on March 21, 2011, the 326th anniversary of Bach's birth. By 2015, thousands of people in more than 40 countries were participating in the celebration.

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