The Angel's Share

Sarah Kirkland Snider, Gallicantus led by Gabriel Crouch, Decoda Ensemble

Mass for the Endangered

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

June 13
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

June 14-16  
Performance 1: 6:00 PM  - 8:30 PM
Performance 2: 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Each performance includes an hourlong spirits tasting, followed by a twilight walk through the cemetery to the Catacombs.

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the long version

For her extraordinary Mass for the Endangered, composer Sarah Kirkland Snider has set the traditional Latin text of the Mass, written and re-interpreted by poet and writer Nathaniel Bellows, and interspersed it with contemporary poetry about animal endangerment and climate change. The result is a celebration of—and an elegy for—the natural world; a prayer for endangered species and the imperiled environments in which they live. This once-in-a-lifetime experience in the Catacombs is performed by English vocal ensemble Gallicantus, led by Gabriel Crouch, and instrumentalists from Decoda Ensemble. Adding to the immersive experience, a series of animated videos created by the brilliant mind of CandyStations will be projection-mapped to the walls and ceiling of the Catacombs, accompanying each movement of the Mass.

The short version

Join us in the Catacombs for this moving, urgent requiem for the not-yet-gone—a plea for life for the flora and fauna that surround us.

The Program

The Music

“This emphatic articulation of purpose, sung by and for other humans, seems to be reaching beyond environmentalism and toward morality at large.”

-The New York Times

“Mass for the Endangered shines with multi-layered singing of uncommon beauty… Snider's eco-inspired Mass for the Endangered is a blast from the past that resonates profoundly in the present.”


"Expressively interpreted by Gallicantus, an English choral ensemble, [Mass for the Endangered] proclaims Snider’s technical command and unerring knack for breathtaking beauty." 

-The New Yorker

Commissioned by Trinity Wall Street as part of their “Mass Re-Imaginings” Project, Mass for the Endangered is a hymn for the voiceless and the discounted, a requiem for the not-yet-gone. Using original text by writer, visual artist, and musician Nathaniel Bellows, in combination with the traditional Latin. Mass for the Endangered embodies a prayer for endangered animals and the imperiled environments in which they live. Written for SATB choir and twelve instruments, the six-movement piece appeals for parity, compassion, and protection, from a mindset—a malignance or apathy—that threatens to destroy the planet we all are meant to share.

I - Kyrie
II - Gloria
III - Alleluia
IV - Credo
V - Sanctus/Benedictus
VI - Agnus Dei

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The Artists

The Performers


Led by Gabriel Crouch

SOPRANOS - Elena Williamson, Elizabeth Bates, Madeline Kushan
ALTOS - Mariana Corichi Gomez, Luthien Brackett, Robin Bier, Jamie Bunce
TENORS - Sydney Mukasa, Nickolas Karageorgiou, Alex Longnecker
BARITONE - Ryan Brandau
BASSES - Tim Manley, Corbin Phillips, Theo Trevisan

Decoda Ensemble

As an artist-led collective, Decoda seeks to create a more compassionate and connected world throughmusic – thoughtfully curating outstanding performances of live chamber music, facilitating creativecommunity projects, and inspiring the next generation of musical artists to rethink and reimagine theirrole in society.

Catherine Gregory, flute
Stuart Breczinski, oboe
Alicia Lee, clarinet
Brad Balliett, bassoon
Brandon Ilaw, percussion
Jane Yoon, harp
David Kaplan, piano
Siwoo Kim, violin I
George Meyer, violin II
Caeli Smith, viola
Thapelo Masita, cello
Kris Saebo, bass