The Angel's Share

Ulysses Quartet

Death and Shadows

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

Twilight Performance - $80
Whiskey Tasting: 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Procession to the Catacombs: 7 - 7:30 PM
Performance: 7:30 - 8:30 PM
Walk back to Gothic Arch: 8:30 - 9:00 PM

Moonlight Performance - $80
Whiskey Tasting: 7:30 - 8:30 PM
Procession to the Catacombs: 8:30 - 9:00 PM
Performance: 9:00 - 10:00 PM
Walk back to Gothic Arch: 10:00 - 10:30 PM

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the long version

The staggering young talents of the Ulysses Quartet join us in the Catacombs for a journey through life, death, sorrow, suffering and the dream of peace.

Osvaldo Golijov’s Tenebrae contrasts the horrific violence the composer saw while visiting Israel, with the profound awe his son expressed after his first trip to a planetarium, where he saw Earth’s tiny place in the endless expanse of the cosmos.

Schubert, meanwhile, composed his dark and deeply-personal “Death and the Maiden” String Quartet after he realized that he was dying from an incurable illness. Impoverished and in despair, he wrote a quartet that centers around a towering slow movement, which depicts a terrified maiden as she begs death to pass her by.

The short version

Two masterpieces, written nearly two centuries apart, which both remind us of the beauty and brevity of this life.

Music & Artists

The Music


Osvaldo Golijov: Tenebrae
Franz Schubert: String Quartet no. 14 "Death and the Maiden"


Ulysses Quartet
Christina Bouey, violin
Rhiannon Banerdt, violin
Colin Brookes, viola
Grace Ho, cello

The Ulysses String Quartet has been praised for their “textural versatility,” “grave beauty” and “the kind of chemistry many quartets long for, but rarely achieve” (The Strad), as well as their “avid enthusiasm ... [with] chops to back up their passion” (San Diego Story), “delivered with a blend of exuberance and polished artistry” (The Buffalo News). Founded in the summer of 2015, the group won the grand prize and gold medal in the senior string division of the 2016 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and first prize in the 2018 Schoenfeld International String Competition. In 2017, the quartet finished first in the American Prize and won second prize at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition. They were winners of the Vietnam International Music Competition in 2019. From 2017 to 2019, Ulysses was in residence at the Louis Moreau Institute in New Orleans, working with composer Morris Rosenzweig. In fall 2019, the Ulysses Quartet were named as Lisa Arnhold Fellows of the Juilliard School, an appointment that has been extended through May 2022. Consisting of Christina Bouey and Rhiannon Banerdt on violin, Colin Brookes on viola and Grace Ho on cello, the quartet’s members hail from Canada, the United States and Taiwan.

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  • Attendees must provide a negative Covid test result or proof of completed vaccination. In addition, you must also fill out a health survey in advance of the event.
  • We will start with an hour long reception to enjoy a whiskey tasting and snacks (all free!), and the beauty of the Cemetery, before the program begins.
  • The journey to and from the Catacombs takes approximately 20-30 minutes, which includes walking over hilly and uneven terrain; proper footwear is recommended.  
  • The program inside the Catacombs will run for approximately one hour with no intermission.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • 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.