The Angel's Share

Simone Dinnerstein

An American Mosaic

The Green-Wood Cemetery 500 25th St Brooklyn, NY 11232


Moonlight Performance - $100
Whiskey Tasting: 6:30 - 7:30 PM
Performance: 7:30 - 10:00 PM

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the long version

Over the course of the pandemic shutdown, internationally-renowned pianist Simone Dinnerstein took refuge in long walks through Green-Wood. Now, she brings her searching artistry to The Angel’s Share in a one-of-a-kind performance that will see her guiding audiences across the Cemetery, pausing periodically to perform on several Yamaha pianos that will be scattered throughout the route.

Dinnerstein will perform a deeply-relevant new piece written for her by Richard Danielpour, entitled An American Mosaic. Each movement of the work commemorates a different segment of the American population that’s been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including first responders, parents, caretakers, and those who have lost their lives to the virus. Inspired and comforted by Dinnerstein’s Bach recordings throughout the pandemic, Danielpour also composed three Bach transcriptions to accompany An American Mosaic.

The short version

Even by our standards, this is an utterly unique fusion of music and location, with one of America’s most soulful, thoughtful musicians helping us to reckon with the events of the past year.

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The Music


Richard Danielpour: An American Mosaic

Richard Danielpour: Three transcriptions by J.S. Bach


Simone Dinnerstein

Simone Dinnerstein is an American pianist. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, son and dog, less than a mile from the hospital in which she was born. Simone is committed to giving concerts in non-traditional venues and to audiences who don’t often hear classical music. For the last three decades, she has played concerts throughout the United States for the Piatigorsky Foundation, an organization dedicated to the widespread dissemination of classical music. It was for the Piatigorsky Foundation that she gave the first piano recital in the Louisiana state prison system at the Avoyelles Correctional Center. She has also performed at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women in a concert organized by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Simone founded Neighborhood Classics in 2009, a concert series open to the public and hosted by New York City Public Schools to raise funds for their music education programs. She also created a program called Bachpacking during which she takes a digital keyboard to elementary school classrooms, helping young children get close to the music she loves. She is a committed supporter and proud alumna of Philadelphia’s Astral Artists, which supports young performers.

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Important info


  • Attendees must fill out a health survey in advance of the event.
  • Arrive on time! We will start with thirty minutes to enjoy whiskey tastings and snacks (all free!), and the beauty of the Cemetery, before the program begins. No late admittance.
  • The program is mainly outdoors and runs for approximately two hours, which includes walking over hilly and uneven terrain; proper footwear is recommended.
  • Health and safety protocols will be strictly enforced, including wearing a mask and keeping a distance of at least 6 feet from those not in your party. Follow directions given by Cemetery staff and ambassadors.
  • Rain date Saturday, September 18 for tickets purchased for September 14-17 performances.
  • Sorry, we cannot refund or exchange tickets for another performance or timeslot.
  • There are no member discounts for this performance.


  • Attendees must wear a face covering at all times and maintain at least a 6-foot distance from those not in their group.
  • Follow ALL instructions and guidance from Cemetery staff and ambassadors.
  • Travel Safely: Green-Wood recommends following all safety precautions while traveling to and from the Cemetery, whether by foot, mass transit, or driving. If taking mass transit, please check the MTA’s guidelines.
  • Feeling Sick? Stay home if you are feeling sick or running a temperature. Please use good judgement if you have recently been exposed to someone with COVID-19. For more information about COVID-19, please check the CDC website.
  • If you observe a situation or behavior that does not reflect these protocols, please advise an ambassador or other staff member immediately. With everyone’s cooperation this will be a memorable and safe unique experience.
  • Green-Wood reserves the right to deny entry to any visitor who refuses to comply with the safety guidelines.