The Crypt Sessions

Classical Music at the Church of the Intercession Crypt


The Crypt Sessions – Season 2

Unison Media is excited to announce Season 2 of its acclaimed concert series The Crypt Sessions, curated by Andrew Ousley. Each concert to follow will be announced immediately after the preceding one – tickets are limited and will sell out quickly, so please join our Mailing List to get the first crack at them!

Before the concerts, we will have a special wine and food tasting paired specially to the music on that night’s program. Wine will be selected by Magnvm Opvs, with food by Ward 8 Events.

And let us please take a moment to thank our amazing, amazing sponsor Yamaha for generously providing their world-class pianos!


Official Sponsor of The Crypt Sessions

David Greilsammer

April 5, 2017 | Wine & Food Tasting 7PM | Show 8PM

The Long Version: Season 2 of The Crypt Sessions continues on April 5, 2017 with pianist and conductor David Greilsammer – hailed by The New York Times as “one the most accomplished and adventurous musicians of his generation” – giving the only New York performance of his acclaimed Labyrinth program.

The performance takes Leoš Janáček’s haunting piece On An Overgrown Path, and interrupts each movement with works by C.P.E Bach, Mozart, and Jean-Féry Rebel, and two U.S. premiere works of Israeli composer Ofer Pelz, turning the path into a musical maze that winds in on itself before finding its way out.

Here’s what the artist has to say about the program: “Each one of us has been, at some point in life, lost, disoriented, or in search for a safe and luminous path. This feeling of disorientation, leading at times to inner chaos, can also serve as the force that will push us to begin the pursuit of new routes, new ideas, and new emotions. Walking through the daunting sounds of Janacek’s music, and exploring the mysterious alleys of various enigmatic pieces from early baroque to our present days, I have decided to embark on a musical journey to the heart of a beautiful, abstract, and dazzling labyrinth.”

The Short Version: “Crypt”…”Labyrinth”…whatever, close enough. When you get to hear a pianist of this magnitude playing a program of such haunting depth and potency, words lose their meaning anyways…


*Thank you to our sponsor Yamaha for the piano!*

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In The Media:

The Crypt Sessions…is exactly what classical music needs to survive and thrive. A special performer in an intimate and exotic venue etches an unforgettable moment in the imagination.”

– Berkshire Fine Arts

The Location

The Church of the Intercession Crypt is located on West 155th and Broadway in New York City, convenient to the 1, C, B and D trains. Once you reach the church, follow the cemetery path on the northern side until you see the double doors to the crypt.

Past Concerts

Alexandre Tharaud

April 4, 2016 | Wine & Cheese 7PM | Show 8PM

The Long Version: Internationally-renowned French pianist Alexandre Tharaud will perform Bach’s towering Goldberg Variations, one of the most technically-demanding, transcendent works ever written. Tharaud’s recent recording of the piece was among the New York Times‘ “Best Recordings of 2015,” and he performed the work by candlelight shortly after the ISIS shootings in Paris.

The Short Version: An intimate, intense evening of music with one of today’s greatest pianists.

*Thank you to our sponsor Yamaha for the gorgeous CFX piano!*

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The Attacca Quartet

June 8, 2016 | Wine & Cheese 7PM | Show 8PM

The Long Version: One of chamber music’s brightest voices, the Attacca Quartet perform with a sense of commitment and maturity far beyond their years. For the Crypt, they will perform Haydn’s great masterwork The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross, arranged for quartet by Andrew Yee and the Attacca themselves. The work is an extended meditation on the final moments of life.

The Short Version: Four young stars perform a work that could not be more perfectly suited to the Crypt space.

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Christina & Michelle Naughton

August 25, 2016 | Wine & Cheese 7PM | Show 8PM

The Long Version: The beautiful, talented young twin sister piano duo Christina and Michelle Naughton bring their near-telepathic talents to the Crypt, performing one of the most staggering works ever written: Messiaen’s haunting, gripping, wrenching Visions de l’Amen.

The Short Version: Just don’t miss this one.

*Thank you to Yamaha for not one, but TWO pianos!*

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Gregg Kallor, Joshua Roman, and Elizabeth Pojanowski

October 26 & 28, 2016 | Wine & Cheese 7PM | Show 8PM

The Long Version:When you’re pianist/composer Gregg Kallor, instead of celebrating Halloween with a $5 mask and one too many Kit Kats, you give the world premiere of your new musical rendition of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-tale Heart for piano and mezzo-soprano-slash-rockstar Elizabeth Pojanowski. A collaboration with On Site Opera, the The Tell-tale Heart features a semi-staging setup by the always-awesome director Sarah Meyers, whom you might know from a little place called The Metropolitan f-ing Opera. Oh, and if you’re Gregg then you also perform your cello sonata, Undercurrent, as well with cello superstar Joshua Roman, just for good measure.

The Short Version: The perfect, creepy-tastic way to end the 2016 season and enjoy the work of some of NYC’s fastest-rising musical talents.

*Thank you to our sponsor Yamaha for the piano!*

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Lara Downes

February 1, 2017 | Wine & Food Tasting 7PM | Show 8PM

The Long Version: Season 2 of The Crypt Sessions kicks off on February 1, 2017, with pianist Lara Downes (dubbed “Luscious, moody and dreamy” by The New York Times) performing a program remembering her father and his Harlem childhood, while also paying tribute to the many artists who made Harlem their home and inspiration.

You’ll hear music from Downes’ new album America Again (NPR loves it!) by Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Florence Price, Nina Simone, William Grant Still, as well as a world premiere by composer/violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain, and a spoken word tribute to Langston Hughes (it’s his birthday Feb 1!) by poet Joshua Bennett.

The Short Version: Come help us start off Season 2 in proper fashion, with one of our absolute favorite pianists who will make you laugh, cry, smile and generally feel all of the feels.

*Thank you to our sponsor Yamaha for the piano!*

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