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For pandemic-related reasons and other issues, we have decided to postpone performances of our final program of OGP’s inaugural season, Global Roots, and re-present it at the beginning of our next season, in the fall of this year.

Solange Merdinian square webJune 3 in Manhattan & Online
June 4 in Queens
June 5 in Brooklyn

Performances have been postponed until Fall 2022. Read more details here

Global Roots: Mi Alma, Mi Voz, Mi Corazón
A Journey Through Argentinian and Armenian Folk and Popular Song

Ranging from Folk tunes to tangos to classical arrangements, this program will explore Argentinian and Armenian music through the medium of Baroque instruments. Join us for this intercultural dialogue across the ages, featuring Armenian-Argentinian American Mezzo-Soprano, Solange Merdinian.

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Thanks to everyone who made our first two concert runs!

Click here to view the February concert

Click here to view the November concert 



Enjoy the photos below (click on the gallery to view larger), and this wonderful review from our February concert.

 "The sparkling performances showed that Open Gates is not a mere lip-service DEI gesture like some of those cropping up in business and the arts today."

View the embedded image gallery online at:
https://gemsny.org/opengateshome#sigProId5a6b5003ca
 


Read our full mission and vision statement and the personal story of co-director Joe Chappel


WHO WE ARE: Co-Directors, Joe Damon Chappel & Michele Kennedy

Joe Chappel headshotJOE DAMON CHAPPEL

Michele Kennedy headshotMICHELE KENNEDY



Conversations: conversations with the co-directors

Read the latest from Michele Kennedy here.


Get to Know our Artists in These Intro Videos


Open Gates Project Statement of Solidarity with the AAPI Community 


The Open Gates Project is made possible with a generous grant from the Howard Gilman Foundation; funding from The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature; and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Open Gates Project is a project of Gotham Early Music Scene, and works towards engaging more artists of color on stages and growing the diversity of our audiences.