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Tenth Street Plaza in Modesto

Tenth Street Plaza in Modesto

The Modesto Junior College Community Orchestra will celebrate the birthday of composer Johann Sebastian Bach with a “Bach in the Subways Day” on Saturday, 21 March 2015 at the Tenth Street Plaza in Modesto [CA].

Bach in the Subways is an international organization founded by cellist Dale Henderson to bring classical music into communities all over the world. Every year on 21 March, musicians from over forty countries celebrate Bach’s birthday by offering free performances in subways and public spaces. Countries participating include Ukraine, Italy, Taiwan, Philippines, Hungary, Mexico, Australia, Korea, the United States of America, Germany, and more.

This year, for the first time, the MJC Community Orchestra, directed by Anne Martin, will join the festivities. Since Modesto doesn’t have a subway system, the orchestra will perform a forty-five minute concert at Tenth Street Plaza (which is actually near a Subway Restaurant.)

The group will present several movements from Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto nos. 2 and 3 (BWV 1047-8) and a Stokowski arrangement of the Fugue in G minor (BWV 578). Principal cellist Anthony Houth will also play a sarabande from Suite in C minor (BWV 1011).

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