Death of Classical to Present ‘Mass for the Endangered’

By Logan Martell

On June 14, 2022, Death of Classical and The Green-Wood Cemetery will present “Mass for the Endangered.”

This new work by Sarah Kirkland Snider is commissioned by Trinity Wall Street as part of their “Mass Re-Imaginings” project.

The traditional text of the Latin Mass will be used in tandem with original text by writer, artist, and musician Nathaniel Bellows to create a prayer for endangered animals and their habitats. The work is written for SATB choir and twelve instruments, to be performed by English vocal ensemble Gallicantus under Gabriel Crouch, and instrumentalists from Decoda Ensemble.

There will also be animated videos by CandyStations which will be projected onto the walls and ceilings of the catacombs.

The concert will kick off this portion of “The Angel’s Share,” the acclaimed opera and classical music series held at Green-Wood, curated by Andrew Ousley and Harry Weil.

“Mass for the Endangered” will run for three nights, ending on June 16, and will have a discounted, dress rehearsal on June 13. Each concert will be opened with an hourlong whiskey and spirits tasting sponsored by Appalachian Gap Distillery, followed by a twilight walk through the cemetery to reach the performance venue.