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Angel’s Share: Caroline Shaw’s Partita

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September 7th , 7:30pm 10:00pm

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Credit: Kevin Condon

The Long Story

Caroline Shaw’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Partita for 8 Voices is a work of profound emotional beauty, a timeless expression that feels at home in any musical era. For these performances, the groundbreaking vocal talents of Fourth Wall Ensemble will weave together a program that begins with improvised medieval chant, flowing seamlessly through the Renaissance and Baroque periods, before arriving at Shaw’s staggering sonic suite.

Price: $95

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The Short Story

Hear the remarkable harmonies of eight voices reverberating throughout the Catacombs, in a program that echoes across centuries.

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 Program

Improvisations on Medieval chant
William Byrd: Mass for Four Voices – Agnus Dei
Monteverdi: Lagrime d’amante al sepolcro dell’amata

Caroline Shaw: Partita for 8 voices

The Performers

Fourth Wall Ensemble
Fourth Wall Ensemble is quickly emerging as New York’s premiere vocal ensemble. Its first season includes appearances at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall at Lincoln Center, Death of Classical, a concert series at the legendary Power Station Studios, their debut album with GRAMMY Award-winning ® Trio Time for Three and 5-time EMMY Award winner and composer of House of Cards, Jeff Beal, and the release of “Fourth Wall: Live from Power Station” featuring instrumentalist Stuart Bogie. The ensemble is led by award-winning conductor and creative director, Christopher Allen and Executive Director and producer John McCullough. 


  • 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.