MORRISTOWN, NJ - Morristown High School student Sheetal Bangalore, as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award Project, brought the music of Bach to life on Sunday March 24. For four hours, musicians gathered in the Morris Museum's Entrance Pavilion to perform the music of Bach for the community, as part of the Bach in the Subway movement.
Bach in the Subways was started in New York City by Dale Henderson as a way to bring classical music to the masses. Henderson, a cellist, would perform Bach pieces in the subway. Today, there are over 200 places in the world hosting Bach in the Subway.
Bangalore knew she wanted to bring Bach in the Subway to Morristown, however, she had no idea how difficult the process was.
“I probably spent over 100 hours putting this project together,” Bangalore added.
She started leaving flyers at various music competitions, but there were no responses. Determined to see her project through, Bangalore contacted music departments at various schools. Slowly, people started responding.
Bangalore’s goal was for classical musicians to perform in a low key environment where they can share their love of classical music with the public. In time, over 35 musicians registered to be a part of the day.
Bach in the Subway featured students like sophomore Lillian Jiang and junior Alysa Liu as well as professional musicians like The Baroque Orchestra of IV.
Bangalore, a junior at MHS, plays flute and piccolo with the Morristown High School Wind Ensemble, the Delbarton Abbey Orchestra and the Youth Orchestrra of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.