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To America

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The Green-Wood Cemetery

500 25th Street

Brooklyn, NY 11232

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This immersive, cemetery-wide performance event combines music, history, literature, and dance into a single sweeping, shuddering night cry.

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How would you have us, as we are?

Or sinking 'neath the load we bear?

- James Weldon Johnson, To America

Inspired by the poetry of James Weldon Johnson, who is buried at Green-Wood and best known for his anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” this immersive, cemetery-wide performance event combines music, history, literature, and dance into a single sweeping, shuddering cry into the night. It is a lament, a love song, a prayer, and a plea to America in a time of deep uncertainty, in remembrance of all that this nation has been, and all that it can be.

Performances will feature music by Carlos Simon, H. Leslie Adams, Caroline Shaw, Leonard Bernstein, George Walker, and others, as well as poetry by James Weldon Johnson, Langston Hughes, and Terrance Hayes.

To America is a collaboration between Green-Wood and Death of Classical, curated by Andrew Ousley and Harry Weil, with Artistic Partner Liz Player and The Harlem Chamber Players.

A limited number of discounted (half-price) tickets are available to frontline workers who helped keep New York City safe and functioning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please contact events@green-wood.com to purchase those tickets over the phone. One discounted ticket per person.

Please note:

- Attendees must be 21 years of age or older.

- This event requires participants to traverse hilly and uneven terrain at night; appropriate footwear and a flashlight are recommended.

- The entire route will take just over two hours and will require walking about 2.5 miles.

- Arrive up to 30 minutes early to check-in.

- Bathrooms will be available before and after the performance, but not during.

- No late admittance, regardless of circumstance. Tickets are not transferable to another time slot.

All attendees must adhere to mandatory safety protocols that include:

- Wearing a mask at all times

- Keeping a distance of at least 6 feet from those not in your group

- Following all instructions given by the Cemetery’s staff and volunteers

Tickets are $95. Purchase tickets for a 2.5-hour time slot starting at either 6pm, 6:30pm, 7pm, 7:30pm, 8pm, or 8:30pm on October 22nd, 23rd, or 24th. Please note that we are unable to offer a member discount on this event. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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