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We asked some veteran Thru-Line participants to share with us their favorite moments from parades past. Here’s what they had to say about their experiences soloing on the subway:
Could this be the new platform for the introduction of the public to classical goodness? I got applauded at a few stops! Grateful smiles, thank you wishes. Everything I would hope for from a concert in a regular venue, but even more special because it was a surprise. I loved that everyone listening to all of us felt that classical music was accessible to them and that it belonged to them just as much as it belonged to the musicians on the G train this day!
When I got off the train at Bedford-Nostrand, a woman who had been on the train with me stopped to talk to me. She was all beaming smiles and asked me “what was going on today” because of all the music on the train. I filled her in, and she absolutely loved it. She really was so excited about the whole thing, and said “You made my day!”
– Peri Mauer, Violin (Thru Line 2011, 2012)
The G-line is probably one of the dullest train lines in the entire NYC subway system, but I felt that things became a little more alive because of this project. I really believe music can affect people in the most discreet but profound way. Here are some memorable moments I had:
A couple of noisy high school kids came on the train and fell silent when I started playing.
I was waiting on a platform while playing a pass of the piece with only pizzicato, a scruffy looking guy came by, saw and heard me, smiled at me and said, “Bach!” (He turned out to be the class of ’80 graduate from Manhattan School of Music, majoring in piano)
2 young ladies, as I got off one of the trains, told me, “Oh no! (looking into the train) There’s no one here! (then turned back to me) We were waiting for you!” Apparently they were there just to check out this project. It’s really pretty awesome to know that.
– Chern Hwei, Violin (Thru Line 2011, 2012)
This was so much fun! People really enjoyed the piece; applause after every performance! A girl at Hoyt-Schermerhorn said her girlfriend–who plays the violin and lives out of town–told her to take the G train to specifically listen to “Thru-Line”. She wanted to know if she was in the right spot, and I explained to her how the piece worked. We got on the train together, and I know she took it at least one more stop.
– Cheryl Krugel-Lee, Viola (Thru Line 2012)
And if you didn’t catch it last year, you read the behind-the-scenes interview with Parade Creator Jim Holt here