Pop-up subway performances honors late composer

Musicians around the globe took their performances underground last weekend as part of Bach in the Subways, an event that celebrated the late composer Johann Sebastian Bach’s 334th birthday on Thursday.

Chloe Cooper, a senior at the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts in Hawthorne, played the flute on Thursday at 30th Street Station, and helped organize the performances.

“I love classical music, and I love the idea of being able to bring classical music to people who might not be able to go to an orchestra and see it themselves,” she said.

Other young musicians, like Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School senior and cellist Daniel Kim, who performed at Jefferson Station, took the weekend as an opportunity to celebrate Bach.

“Bach was probably the main reason I started playing the cello,” Kim said. “The thing about Bach is that he basically puts out notes on a piece of paper and tells you to interpret it any way you want.”

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