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Famous cellist Dale Henderson and Actor Dermot Mulroney team up to reintroduce classical music to the people of Los Angeles in front of the La Brea Tar Pits Museum!

Famous Cellist Dale Henderson & Actor Dermot Mulroney Play Bach

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Famous cellist Dale Henderson and Actor Dermot Mulroney team up to reintroduce classical music to the people of Los Angeles in front of the La Brea Tar Pits Museum!

Dale Henderson is also the founder of "Bach in the Subways," an organization that leads an international and unorthodox movement to sow the seeds for future generations of classical music lovers by generating public interest and excitement for the art form in some rather unconventional places.

Dermot Mulroney plays with conviction and a deep appreciation for Henderson's out-of-the-box movement to keep the soothing and calming tones of classical music relevant to a society where our desire for instant gratification has changed why we even listen to music.
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Concert Cellist Dale Henderson Advice Video #1

https://dalehendersonmusic.com I get asked a lot lately if I have any advice for new cellists. Here's my answer...

Concert Cellist Dale Henderson on Playing Cello

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"When I perform, I willingly share my entire inner world, my whole self with the audience – I put my soul on display. Otherwise what's the point?"

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Famous Cellist Dale Henderson on the Magic of Music

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Everyone's talking about 'mindfulness' lately. Why aren't they talking about music?! Music invented mindfulness!

Famous Cellist Dale Henderson

"Classical music belongs to every living human being on the planet!"

Starting cello at age five and debuting professionally at 13, Dale Henderson trained with the best of the best in the classical music world, including Yo-Yo Ma, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, and Leonard Bernstein protégé Eiji Oue. Dale excelled as a traditional performer but chafed against a culture that prevents everyday people from connecting with classical music.

Rebelling against the traditional boundaries for his artform, in 2010 Henderson broke down and reinvented where and how classical music creates meaning, performing “Bach in the Subways” in New York City. His unorthodox vision caught on, and within five years he grew his solo project into a global music movement which now brings the music to the people in hundreds of cities in dozens of countries.

Dale is based in New York City and performs around the world.

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Famous Cellist Dale Henderson on What Motivated Him to Start Bach in the Subways

Famous cellist Dale Henderson talks about what motivated him to start "Bach in the Subways" movement.

Famous Cellist Dale Henderson at the Bachfest Leipzig

Dale Henderson first performed for Leipzig Bach-Archiv's Bachfest in 2017. In 2019, Leipzig Bach-Archiv re-engaged Henderson for a repeat performance at the prestigious Bachfest.
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What Do you Call a Cello Player?

What do you call a cello player? Famous cellist Dale Henderson talks about his answer in this video clip.

Bipartisan Strings of My Cello

https://dalehendersonmusic.com So much division and conflict in the news today. So many issues with two sides in passionate opposition, each refusing to listen to the other! I feel sorrow watching it all, yet at the same time it helps me know exactly where I stand as a human being, as a musician, and as an artist.

My purpose is to listen, to bring people together. When my music fills a room or a concert hall, or draws a crowd in public, it doesn't matter where or who we are. We are all together. We unite, listening in harmony and connection instead of strife and division. This is my gift both to give and receive.

Classical Music Relaxing? That's NOT the point!

https://dalehendersonmusic.com This is a common response from non-musicians when I explain that I started performing Bach in New York's subways and within 5 years, thousands of musicians around the world joined me in bringing Classical Music to the public so that more people can experience it: "That's cool. I love classical music – it's so relaxing." And my first instinct when hearing this is always to scream "that's not the point!!"

Classical music isn't there to make you "relaxed"! It's there to make you feel. It's there so you can explore the full spectrum of human emotion. This is your birthright, to fully experience the deepest depths of your self! Don't be "relaxed" – weep, wail, dance for joy, scream in triumph!

I love pop and rock and the other fun music that's most popularly listened to, but none of it comes close to reaching the depths of human experience you'll find in Classical. Don't listen to Classical Music to "relax." Listen to feel deeply what it is to be human!

Leipzig Bachfest 2020 Will Feature Dale Henderson & His New Bach on the Electronic Cello Project

https://dalehendersonmusic.com In 2019, Leipzig Bachfest re-engaged Dale Henderson, and for June 2020 plans to feature his all-new project which explores Bach's music on electronic cello.

Dale Henderson on The Unique Power of Music

Michelangelo famously said that "every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it." This is possible with a statue because it exists in one place, at one time. You can look at it and see the whole thing. But how does this apply to music? How do you "see" the whole of something that unfolds in time? As soon as each note is played, it disappears forever.

The strange, crazy, exciting answer is that you can never grasp a piece of music as a whole. We can see the printed page, but that's not really music – it's just a symbolic representation of music. Actual music only exists as a living thing in real-time – inseparable from that one, never to be repeated moment when the sound is born, makes its impression on every soul there, and then vanishes permanently.

My unique thrill and pleasure as a musician is the endless mystery of discovery. I can never know how a piece of music will unfold until I'm actually performing it, and then it becomes something that stretches above and beyond just myself. Then it's no longer just something I'm "doing" – it's something myself and the audience are experiencing together, being constantly shaped by and interacting with. This is music's unique power.

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The Meaning of Life Flips as Music's Meaning Deepens

How strange it is that the entire 'meaning of life' has been flipped upside down almost overnight, on a global level. If you'd asked people 2 months ago what was most important, and then asked them now, how many people would have the same answers? So many things that mattered so much before have suddenly become much less important.

And yet... music remains. Not only does its meaning remain – it deepens! Go listen to your favorite piece. Sit and really give yourself time and space to inhabit the world of the music. I bet you'll find that in these strange times, these worlds of music have become more vivid, more alive, and more meaningful.

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The Elitist, Exclusionary Attitude - Classical Music's Biggest Enemy

https://dalehendersonmusic.com When I first started inviting other musicians to join Bach in the Subways – to try and spread the Bachlove as much as possible! – the question of who we should "allow" to join us came up. There were serious arguments against "letting" non-professional musicians join. Some felt it would hurt the artform by making a bad impression on audiences.

I always found this argument absurd. Does watching little league baseball ruin the experience of pro baseball for fans? What if you went around the U.S. trying to stop kids from playing little league in an effort to save and preserve the art of baseball? How sane would that be?

More importantly, would this actually help baseball? Of course not! It would make young baseball enthusiasts feel alienated from the sport – it would make them feel like they weren't good enough, like they weren't invited to the party. And ultimately, after a few generations, society would end up with a lot fewer good baseball players, and very little enthusiasm for the sport, than you originally had when everyone was welcome.

The expression "Anything worth doing is worth doing badly" is undoubtedly true. There's not a single amazing classical musician alive who didn't go through being and performing like a student. If you stifle that, you choke off the artform at its very source.

The elitist, exclusionary attitude that keeps popping its head up in the classical music world (which by the way has nothing to do with the music itself!) is our biggest enemy. People playing and performing at less than top pro levels is NOT the problem. We need to invite people IN to the world of classical music – not keep them out!

  • Famous cellist Dale Henderson and Actor Dermot Mulroney team up to reintroduce classical music to the people of Los Angeles in front of the La Brea Tar Pits Museum!

    Dale Henderson is also the founder of "Bach in the Subways," an organization that leads an international and unorthodox movement to sow the seeds for future generations of classical music lovers by generating public interest and excitement for the art form in some rather unconventional places.

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