Death of Classical Announces Season Five of ‘The Angel’s Share’ at Green-Wood Cemetery

By Logan Martell

Death of Classical and The Green-Wood Cemetery has announced Season Five of their acclaimed series “The Angel’s Share.”

An evening of Tacos, Tequila, & Tavener’s “Protecting Veil” will see ensemble Contemporaneous alongside cellist Joshua Roman for the premiere of their arrangement of John Tavener’s spiritual “The Protecting Veil.” The event will feature numerous local taco vendors, a tasting of various tequila and mescal spirits, and a swing jazz performance at sunset by the Grand Street Stompers.

Performance Date: May 26, 2023.

Marking the 400th anniversary of William Byrd, the New York City premiere of “Secret Byrd” will feature Cathedra and string ensemble Abendmusik, with six singers and six instrumentalists to be spread throughout the catacombs.

Performance Dates: June 9 – 11, 2023.

Violinist Eldbjørg Hemsing will perform music from her new Sony debut Album, “Arctic,” along with Grieg’s Violin Sonata No. 2.

Performance Dates: July 5 – 7, 2023.

The Calidore String Quartet will perform Beethoven’s Opus 130 with the Große Fuge finale as intended by the composer.

Performance Dates: September 20 – 22, 2023.

“Despite all of our differences, we all have moments in our lives when we need someone to take care of us,” said DoC Founder and Artistic Director Andrew Ousley in an official press statement. “This season seeks to explore that concept on a scale that ranges from the cosmic and communal levels, down to the deeply personal. Byrd wrote his Masses as a consolation to Catholics in a time of persecution, so they could gather together and worship in secret. Eldbjørg Hemsing’s ‘Arctic’ makes an urgent plea for humanity to preserve this fragile world that supports us all. Beethoven’s tearfully transcendent Opus 130 string quartet confirms that we can find strength and beauty in our darkest moments. And Tavener’s piercing, poignant ‘Protecting Veil’ provides a reminder that even the divine who walk among us sometimes still long for their mothers to watch over them.”