The Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York will the site for a new concert series called The Angel’s Share, to be held in the cemetery’s catacombs. The series will launch in June with the world premiere of David Hertzberg’s chamber opera The Rose Elf. Programs in August and September include harpist Bridget Kibbey in music by Debussy, Bach, and André Caplet, performed with violinists Chad Hoopes and Grace Park, violist Matthew Lipman, and cellist Mihai Marica; pianists Christina and Michelle Naughton in a program entitled “An American in Paris”; and the JACK Quartet performing early music as well as contemporary pieces by Chaya Czernowin, Brian Ferneyhough, and Marc Sabat. The series will host the premiere of a new suite of operatic sketches from Gregg Kallor’s Frankenstein, in partnership with On Site Opera. Among those buried at the Green-Wood Cemetery—a National Historic Landmark built in the 1830s—are composers Leonard Bernstein, Richard Rodney Bennett, Elliott Carter, and Louis Moreau Gottschalk; Henry Steinway, founder of Steinway & Sons; and many politicians, artists, and civic leaders. Apart from music, other programming at the cemetery includes film screenings and monthly gatherings called Death Cafés, discussing—what else?—death.
Posted April 30, 2018