Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

Green-Wood's Annual Memorial Day Concert to Return With the ISO Symphonic Band at Third Street

Visitors are encouraged to bring friends and family, pack a blanket and picnic lunch, or purchase sandwiches on site from nearby.

Green-Wood's Annual Memorial Day Concert to Return With the ISO Symphonic Band at Third Street

Green-Wood's annual Memorial Day concert will make a triumphant return following a two-year hiatus. On Monday, May 30th from 2:30-4:30pm, the community is welcomed to enjoy a concert beside the Cemetery's iconic Gothic Arch near the Main Entrance at 25th Street and Fifth Avenue. Visitors are encouraged to bring friends and family, pack a blanket and picnic lunch, or purchase sandwiches on site from nearby Baked in Brooklyn, all while enjoying a classical symphonic repertoire.

Green-Wood is welcoming back The ISO Symphonic Band @ Third Street-a wind, brass, and percussion ensemble comprising some of the most talented student musicians in New York City-with conductor Paul Corn and artistic advisor and founder Brian P. Worsdale.

Since 1999 Green-Wood's beloved Memorial Day Concert has featured works that commemorate those who served in the armed forces throughout our nation's history, while highlighting music by some of Green-Wood's permanent residents. Attendees will hear "Lift Every Voice and Sing," written by James Weldon Johnson; "New York, New York," written by Fred Ebb; and selections from West Side Story composed by Leonard Bernstein. This year's program will also include the world premiere of Michael Markowski's "Street Faire," the ISO Symphonic Band's first-ever commission and works by contemporary composers John Mackey and Brooklyn-born Kelijah Dunton.

"The Memorial Day concert is a beloved tradition, and we are excited to bring people together again for this exceptional event," says Richard J. Moylan, president of Green-Wood. "We're honored to memorialize the brave individuals who have served our nation by providing a place for our community to gather and enjoy live music as an ode to the history of Green-Wood and our country."

The concert is free with a suggested donation of $5-10 per person. Donations make it possible for Green-Wood to offer this concert and other free programs throughout the year, including Juneteenth, Battle of Brooklyn Day, and Dia de los Muertos. To help gauge attendance, Green-Wood asks the public to register via the concert page on their website.

Attendees are welcome to bring picnics, blankets, and chairs for this special event. Limited on-site parking will be available. Green-Wood is located one block from the "R" train at 25th Street.

About Green-Wood:

Established in 1838, The Green-Wood Cemetery, a National Historic Landmark, is recognized as one of the world's most beautiful cemeteries. As the permanent residence of over 570,000 individuals, Green-Wood's magnificent grounds, grand architecture, and world-class statuary have made it a destination for half a million visitors annually, including national and international tourists, New Yorkers, and Brooklynites. At the same time, Green-Wood is also an outdoor museum, an arboretum, and a repository of history. Throughout the year, it offers innovative programs in arts and culture, nature and the environment, education, workforce development, restoration, and research. For more information, please visit www.green-wood.com.

About The ISO Symphonic Band @ Third Street:

Founded in 1894, Third Street Music School Settlement is the nation's longest-running community music school. Celebrating 128 years of service, the School provides access to world-class instruction in music and dance to students of all ages and backgrounds, regardless of artistic ability or socio-economic circumstances. The ISO Symphonic Band @ Third Street, was founded by its conductor Brian Worsdale in 1995 and has found its home at Third Street Music School Settlement since 2019.

For more information, please visit www.thirdstreet.nyc.



Related Articles View More Classical Music Stories


More Hot Stories For You