Death of Classical to Explore Music and Poetry in ‘To America’

By Logan Martell

Death of Classical is set to present “To America,” an immersive event which comes in partnership with The Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn.

This event is inspired by the poetry of James Weldon Johnson, writer of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” who is also buried in the cemetery; it will be curated by DoC founder Andrew Ousley, Harry Weil, the cemetery’s Director of Public Programs, as well as Artistic Partner Liz Player, and The Harlem Chamber Players.

The event will allow socially-distanced groups of audience members to walk through the cemetery, learning about some of the notable deceased, along with a number of music and dance performances, as well as poetry readings. There will be a pre-concert reception with light refreshments, and tastings of whisky and other spirits by Appalachian Gap Distillery, Van Brunt Stillhouse, and Barrow’s Intense.

The program will feature music by Carlos Simon, H. Leslie Adams, Caroline Shaw, Leonard Bernstein, George Walker, and more. Poetry readings will draw from James Weldon Johnson, Langston Hughes, and Terrance Hayes. Among the artists are the Harlem Chamber Players, baritone Kenneth Overton, mezzo Lucy Dhegrae, bass Paul Grosvenor, cellists Robert Burkhart and Jules Biber, soprano Danielle Buonaiuto, and more.