Culture News Society, 22/03/2018

Bach in Kharkiv Metro (video)

Yesterday, March 21, Kharkiv joined the worldwide project Bach in the Subways to celebrate the 333rd anniversary of the globally admired brilliant composer Johann Sebastian Bach’s birth.

Bach’s compositions were played in different city locations as a part of the world movement and within the Kharkiv Music Fest-2018. Instead of the concert halls, musicians were playing at the subway and railway stations and also in cafes.

For 40 minutess famous Kharkiv pianist Serhiy Davydov performed eight jazz improvisations of Bach’s compositions at Derzhprom metro station. The video was presented by Kharkiv metro.

Raisa Odinayeva, the representative of Kharkiv metro administration, explained that Kharkiv was the first city in Ukraine to join Bach in the Subways project to promote the music to the city residents and its visitors.

Odinayeva added that students of five city musical schools and the boy’s choir performed Bach at the railway station. The children were accompanied by the pianoforte and cello.

Also, a miniature comic opera “Coffee Cantata” by Bach was performed in Tsukat cafe. The work was probably composed between 1732 and 1735 and first performed at the coffee house in Leipzig. The cantata amusingly tells of an addiction to coffee and it is sometimes referred to making fun of prohibition of coffee for women.

Reference: Bach in the Subways is a grass-roots movement aimed to bring public attention to classical music. On March 21-25,  free concerts, dedicated to the celebration of Johann Sebastian Bach’s birthday on March 21, old style, are being performed. Originally, the event started in early 2010 as a solo project by cellist Dale Henderson, who performed The Bach Cello Suites in the New York City Subway.

Text: Olena Sokolynska

Photo: Vyacheslav Khitrin