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To America

October 23, 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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An event every day that begins at 6:00 pm, repeating until October 24, 2020

Inspired by the poetry of James Weldon Johnson, who is buried at Green-Wood and best known for his anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” this immersive, cemetery-wide performance event combines music, history, literature, and dance into a single sweeping, shuddering cry into the night. It is a lament, a love song, a prayer, and a plea to America in a time of deep uncertainty, in remembrance of all that this nation has been, and all that it can be. Members of The Harlem Chamber Players join in this not-to-be-missed event!

 

6:00pm–11:00pm
(Tickets gain access to a 2.5 hour performance in a distanced group of 30 people, departing every half hour)

Co-curated by Andrew Ousley and Harry Weil, with Artistic Partner Liz Player and The Harlem Chamber Players

A limited number of discounted (half-price) tickets are available to frontline workers who helped keep New York City safe and functioning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please contact events@green-wood.com to purchase those tickets over the phone. One discounted ticket per person.

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THE LONG VERSION

Inspired by the poetry of James Weldon Johnson, who is buried at Green-Wood and best known for his anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” this immersive, cemetery-wide performance event combines music, history, literature, and dance into a single sweeping, shuddering cry into the night. It is a lament, a love song, a prayer, and a plea to America in a time of deep uncertainty, in remembrance of all that this nation has been, and all that it can be.

Performances will feature music by Carlos Simon, H. Leslie Adams, Caroline Shaw, Leonard Bernstein, George Walker, and others, as well as poetry by James Weldon Johnson, Langston Hughes, and Terrance Hayes.

Says Death of Classical Founder and Artistic Director Andrew Ousley of the event: “I’ve thought long and hard about what America means to me, and tried to understand how my beautiful and terrible country has reached this howling pitch of anger, injustice, and indifference. The grounds of Green-Wood and the stories of the people buried there represent this nation in all of its endless complexity, and as we hurtle toward this pivotal moment in history, I can think of no better place to take a moment to remember all that America has been, and all that it can be.”

To America is a collaboration between Green-Wood and Death of Classical, curated by Andrew Ousley and Harry Weil, with Artistic Partner Liz Player and The Harlem Chamber Players.

Details

Date:
October 23
Time:
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Events Category:
Website:
https://www.deathofclassical.com/angelshare/to-america

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The Green-Wood Cemetery
500 25th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11232 United States