Philip Glass gets premiered in a tomb

Philip Glass gets premiered in a tomb


norman lebrecht

April 27, 2022

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Following a two-year hiatus, Death of Classical announces the return of The Crypt Sessions, its acclaimed concert series of chamber music at the Crypt Chapel under the Church of the Intercession in Harlem.

The Crypt Sessions returns beginning June 7-9, with the world premiere of Philip Glass’ new cello suite Songs & Poems, Book 2, performed by cellist Wendy Sutter alongside his Songs & Poems, Book 1, which she has previously recorded to great acclaim.



  • AndyHat says:

    I only got to hear one concert here pre-pandemic, but it is an awesome spot to hear chamber music!

  • James says:


  • DG says:

    Cue the Glass-haters, but I would go see this. Crypt acoustics for solo cello should be interesting.

  • MWnyc says:

    No, No, Norman! The Crypt Sessions, the concerts in Harlem, aren’t in a tomb. The ones in a tomb are at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, where Lenny’s buried.. 🙂

    For real.

    Both are produced by Death of Classical.

  • MWnyc says:

    By the way, the near-universal reaction of listeners to Glass’s first set of Songs & Poems for solo cello was “That’s Philip Glass???”

    And yeah, the crypt’s acoustic should be great for them. If only the tickets weren’t so expensive …

  • Steve Glassfan says:

    This article is in error. Songs and Poems (Partita No. 2 for solo cello) was premiered in June 2017 by Matt Haimovitz. I don’t know where this came from.

  • Steve Glassfan says:

    Philip Glass’ promotions person confirmed to me that this article is in error.

  • John Borstlap says:

    This club calls itself ‘Death of Classical’. But they say:

    ‘There are a lot people out there who say “Classical Music is Dead.” We put it in a Crypt and a Catacomb to prove that it’s still alive and well.’

    Isn’t there some contradiction in terms? It’s not dead and therefore we play it in a tomb. But for Glass that may be just the right place.