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Angel’s Share: Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 15, Op. 132

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June 20th , 6:00pm 8:30pm

quartet in catacombs
Credit: Kevin Condon

The Long Story

Beethoven’s final String Quartet is an indescribably powerful, transcendently life-affirming masterpiece. Its movements are centered around the towering slow section, which Beethoven wrote after recovering from a terrible illness, solemnly titling it a “Hymn of thanks to God from one who is healed.” In times of despair and division, the beauty of this music remains a balm to the soul, and a reminder of how we can find strength in our darkest moments.

Price: $85

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The fabulous foursome of the Ulysses Quartet, who last joined us in the Catacombs to perform Schubert’s Death and the Maiden, return once more, bringing their glorious musicality to this singular work. 

The Short Story

The inscrutable beauty of this timeless work, played by one of today’s top ensembles, in the hallowed vaults of the Catacombs… we’ll see you there.

The Angel’s Share

Now in its sixth season, the Angel’s Share presents intimate classical classical music concerts, with repertoire ranging from medieval through to contemporary works, specifically chosen to highlight the unique presence and acoustic power of Green-Wood’s Catacombs, and the singular character of the Cemetery grounds. The series is curated and directed by Death of Classical Founder Andrew Ousley, in partnership with the Cemetery. Each Angel’s Share concert features a pre-show spirits tasting, included in the ticket price, and the series takes its name from the distiller’s term for whiskey that evaporates while maturing in the barrel, thus going to the angels. Concerts have been praised in major cultural press throughout the country, with Vogue Magazine describing it as “one of the most riveting and unusual chamber music performances of my lifetime,” and The New York Times saying “In a Cemetery, music lives.”

The Performers

Ulysses Quartet 
Christina Bouey, violin
Rhiannon Banerdt, violin
Peter Dudek, viola
Grace Ho, cello

The Ulysses Quartet has been praised by The Strad for “the kind of chemistry many quartets long for, but rarely achieve.” Founded in 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 the Vietnam International Music Competition in 2019. Ulysses recently released their debut album, “Shades of Romani Folklore,” on the Navona label. Of the recording, Gramophone wrote that the quartet “promise[s] to bring as much sophistication, imagination and vitality to Beethoven’s other quartets as they will to music by a panoply of composers from long ago and today.


  • Where To Go: Check-in begins 15 minutes before your ticketed start time and ONLY takes place at the Gothic Arch near the Main Entrance on Fifth Avenue and 25th Street (500 25th Street). There are no paper or e-tickets! Attendees will be checked in by name. 
  • Food and Drinks: We will start with a 45-minute reception at the Modern Chapel to enjoy a whiskey tasting and snacks (all free!), and the beauty of the Cemetery, before the program begins. Tasting is for those 21 years of age or older with proof of ID.
  • Early Evening Performance (6pm): Arrive for check-in at the Gothic Arch no later than 6:45pm.
  • Twilight Performance (7:30pm): Arrive for check-in at the Gothic Arch no later than 8:15pm.
  • For Your Comfort and Safety: We strongly encourage attendees to wear suitable footwear and dress appropriately for the space as it can be chillier inside the Catacombs than outside. Please note that the Catacombs are not ADA accessible or compliant.
  • More for Your Comfort and Safety: The journey to and from the Catacombs takes approximately 20-30 minutes, which includes walking over hilly and uneven terrain; proper footwear and flashlights are strongly recommended. A trolley service to and from the site will be available.
  • The Green-Wood trolley is fully accessible and ADA compliant. In order to accommodate a wheelchair or other mobility aids on the trolley, arrangements must be made in advance. Please call 718-210-3080, ext. 1 or email events@green-wood.com.
  • Ticket sales are final. No exchanges or refunds unless the event is canceled.
  • Attendees must follow ALL instructions and guidance from Cemetery staff and ambassadors.
  • Feeling Sick? Stay home if you are feeling sick or running a fever.