As conductor Jonathan Shames enters the orchestra pit, first oboe then strings begin to tune, and the overture of one of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s last operas, “La Clemenza di Tito,” begins its operatic run…
I don’t collect donations while I play, because on the most simple level, it pollutes the experience for myself and everyone listening….
It is fear that drives Dale Henderson down into the subways, lugging his large case.
“I caught some fear from some other musicians that classical music is dying and in 100 years there will be no more classical music. I can’t believe that’s true. I mean, it scares me to my soul if it were true.”
So he sits with his cello on a New York subway platform and plays Bach as a sort of CPR to keep his style of music alive.