June 11, 2023

Critical Acclaim for 'Secret Byrd'

"That this all had a beautiful sound goes without saying; it also had a deep and beautiful spirit and effect that went beyond music. Secret Byrd mixes music, history and drama, and what emerges is an experience that is neither concert nor theatre, but something out of life itself."Financial Times

"Secret Byrd was fascinating, if for nothing else for the questions it raised about performance and devotion." Parterre

“'Secret Byrd' invited listeners to share common ground in this way, and Byrd’s compositions were made for this exact purpose. This was a coming together to discover more about life as a community. Beyond the Catholic connotations and traditional forms, one felt alive and connected to the space while listening." – OperaWire

"This is exquisitely impassion music, and the five vocalists of the Washington, D.C.-based Cathedra Ensemble did it justice. You really feel the composer's heart and soul in it." – Blogcritics

On the Scene: Listening to Classical Music in the Green-Wood Cemetery Catacombs
Cheddar News (VIDEO HERE)

"In the atmospheric catacombs below Green-Wood Cemetery, the singers of Cathedra, supported by the string ensemble Abendmusik, enact an immersive ritual around a candlelit table, raising their voices, one to a part, in Byrd’s solemn strains."
The New Yorker