The Angel's Share Presents Gregg Kallor's FRANKENSTEIN And THE TELL TALE HEART In The Green-Wood Cemetery Catacombs

The Angel's Share Presents Gregg Kallor's FRANKENSTEIN And THE TELL TALE HEART In The Green-Wood Cemetery Catacombs

The Angel's Share presents the world premiere of Gregg Kallor's Sketches from Frankenstein, as well as his setting of Edgar Allan Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart, October 10-12 in the Catacombs of The Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn

Jennifer Johnson Cano, Joshua Jeremiah, and Brian Cheney star in an operatic double bill directed by Sarah Meyers and featuring cellist Joshua Roman and Kallor at the piano??

Each performance includes a pre-concert reception with a whiskey tasting overlooking the Manhattan skyline and harbor at sunset, including whiskeys by Virgil Kaine Lowcountry Whiskey Co., Prizefight Irish, Whiskey, Stillhouse Van Brunt, and Five & 20??

The Angel's Share expands on Unison Media's acclaimed Crypt Sessions concert series, conceived and curated by Andrew Ousley

The Angel's Share, a new concert series by Unison Media and The Green-Wood Historic Fund which features opera and chamber music concerts in Green-Wood's remarkable Catacombs, will close its first season October 10-12 with an operatic double bill from composer and pianist Gregg Kallor, including the world premiere of his setting of sketches from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (celebrating the 200th anniversary of the book's publication) - the heartbreaking story of a living, feeling creature, brought into the world only to be forsaken by his creator and left to fend for himself - as well as a reprise of his acclaimed setting of Edgar Allan Poe's short story, The Tell-Tale Heart.

Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano will perform the monodrama,The Tell-Tale Heart, as well as the role of Elizabeth Frankenstein, baritone Joshua Jeremiah will sing The Monster, and tenor Brian Cheney will sing Dr. Frankenstein. Sarah Meyers will direct both pieces, and Kallor will lead from piano, accompanied by Joshua Roman on cello.

Kallor will also release a new recording of The Tell-Tale Heart and other songs on October 5, with soprano Melody Moore and Joshua Roman on cello, to coincide with the performances.

The Angel's Share series takes its name from the distiller's term for whiskey that evaporates while maturing in the barrel, thus going to the angels. Accordingly, each performance will begin with a pre-concert reception with food, drinks, and a whiskey tasting overlooking the Manhattan skyline and the New York Harbor at sunset. At dusk, guests will then follow a candle-lit pathway down to the Catacombs for the performance. Whiskey sponsors for the Kallor performances include Virgil Kaine Lowcountry Whiskey Co., Prizefight Irish Whiskey, Stillhouse Van Brunt, and Five & 20.

The new series follows Unison Media's acclaimed Crypt Sessions, which debuted at the Church of the Intercession in Harlem in 2015. The intimate performances have generated unprecedented attention, with tickets selling out within minutes of the on-sale date. The New York Times included one of last year's Crypt Sessions on its list of the "Best Classical Music Performances of 2017."

Pianos for The Angel's Share are generously provided by Yamaha.

Gregg Kallor
Sketches from Frankenstein
(World Premiere)
Green-Wood Cemetery
500 25th Street, Brooklyn, NY
Wednesday, October 10
Thursday, October 11
Friday, October 12
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Mary Shelley's groundbreaking novel Frankenstein was published 200 years ago, essentially inventing the horror genre. But far from the grunting Hollywood brutishness of Boris Karloff, the original told the heartbreaking story of a living, feeling creature, brought into the world only to be forsaken by his creator and left to fend for himself. Drawing the parallels to modern society, pianist/composer Gregg Kallor will offer the World Premiere of a new suite of operatic sketches based on the monster's harrowing tale, in partnership with the amazing folks at On Site Opera. The program will also feature his acclaimed setting of Edgar Allan Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart, as well as the premiere of a solo piano piece dedicated to Leonard Bernstein, a permanent Green-Wood resident. Performances feature mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano, baritone Joshua Jeremiah, cellist Joshua Roman, and Kallor himself on piano.

The Program
Kallor: The Answer Is: Yes
Kallor: The Tell-Tale Heart
Kallor: Sketches from Frankenstein (World Premiere)

The Performers
Gregg Kallor, piano; Joshua Roman, cello; Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano; Joshua Jeremiah, baritone; Brian Cheney, tenor.


About Green-Wood
Incorporated in 1838, The Green-Wood Cemetery stretches across 478 pastoral acres in Brooklyn and boasts extraordinary works of nineteenth- and twentieth-century sculpture, statuary and architecture. Home to thousands of historic figures, The Green-Wood Cemetery offers tours of its grounds, concerts, book readings and other public events throughout the year. Green-Wood has been designated a National Historic Landmark by the United States Department of the Interior. The Green-Wood Historic Fund is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit membership organization created to maintain Green-Wood's monuments and buildings of historical, cultural, and architectural significance; to advance public knowledge and appreciation; and to preserve the natural habitat of one of New York City's first green spaces.

About Unison Media
Unison Media is an integrated music company committed to changing the way that classical music is presented, promoted and experienced. Whether Publicity/PR/Promo, Social Media, Digital Marketing, Websites, Branding, Events, or anything in between, Unison takes a holistic, entrepreneurial approach to all that it does and brings a new perspective and youthful energy to the work. Unison also presents and produces the acclaimed Crypt Sessions concert series, featuring performances in a crypt in Harlem.

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