The Angel's Share

New York Philharmonic

Hymn to the City

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


Performance - $100

Tours begin at 6:45 PM, 7:15 PM, 7:45 PM, 8:15 PM, and 8:45 PM

Each performance will begin with a 30-minute whiskey tasting, followed by a cemetery-wide performance that will last approximately 2 hours.

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the long version

Hymn to the City is a ground-breaking collaboration between Death of Classical, The Green-Wood Cemetery, and the New York Philharmonic—a sprawling, immersive event that pays tribute to New York’s singular spirit of resilience and renewal after a year of collective trauma, loss, and mourning.

Attendees will be taken on a journey across the Cemetery, hearing the stories of Green-Wood’s extraordinary permanent residents — many of whom are members of the New York Philharmonic community — interwoven with music, dance, and poetry. From Leonard Bernstein’s gravesite to the Hill of Graves, the Civil War Soldiers Monument to the Catacombs, we’ll remember the battles lost and won, the challenges overcome, and the boundless ingenuity, open-hearted creativity, and indomitable strength of our beloved city.

About the New York Philharmonic 

The New York Philharmonic connects with up to 50 million people annually through concerts, broadcasts, recordings, education initiatives. The Orchestra responded to the pandemic with NY Phil Bandwagon — free, outdoor concerts across New York City — and streamed concerts on NYPhil+. The Philharmonic has premiered works by leading composers since 1842 and toured to 435 cities in 63 countries. Jaap van Zweden became Music Director in 2018, succeeding titans including Bernstein, Toscanini, and Mahler.

The short version

A once-in-a-lifetime celebration of the greatest city in the world.

Music & Artists

The Music

Brooklyn Theatre Fire Monument

James Weldon Johnson: My City

Pilot's Monument

Aaron Copland (arr. Kaufman): Simple Gifts
Sergio Ortega (arr. Lovato): ¡El Pueblo Unido Jamás Será Vencido!

Alison Fierst, flute
Mindy Kaufman, flute
Dasol Jeong, violin
Kyung Ji Min, violin
Alexei Yupanqui Gonzales, cello

Battle Hill

Leonard Bernstein (arr. J. Gale): West Side Story Suite
I Feel Pretty

Thomas Smith, trumpet
Ethan Bensdorf, trumpet
Richard Deane, horn
Colin Williams, trombone
George Curran, bass trombone

Hill of Graves

Paul Simon: American Tune

Marco Foster, vocals and guitar

Kinan Azmeh: Café Damas (with dance accompaniment)

Jin Suk Yu, violin
Leah Ferguson, viola
Max Zeunger, bass
Liana Kleinman, dancer

Chauncey Family Mausoleum

Florence Price: String Quartet in G Major: II. Andante moderato

Qianqian Li, violin
Na Sun, violin
Vivek Kamath, viola
Sumire Kudo, cello

Trad. Spiritual: Over My Head

Paul Grosvenor, baritone

The Catacombs

George Gershwin: Cadenza on Rhapsody in Blue (arr. Adam Tendler)
Sarah Kirkland Snider: How Graceful Things Are, Falling Apart
Kevin Puts: Credo
Antonín Dvořák & William Arms Fisher: Goin' Home (arr. Patrick Cannell)

Adam Tendler, piano
Lucy Dhegrae, mezzo-soprano
Catalyst Quartet
     Karla Donehew Perez, violin
     Abi Fayette, violin
     Paul Laraia, viola
     Karlos Rodriguez, cello

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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 Sunday, June 6 for tickets purchased for June 3-5 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.