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Dear Friends,

The Open Gates Project was conceived and launched in our current pandemic. From its inception, OGP has been in constant dialogue with this great and changeable variable that affects all of society. Adjusting to the ebbs and flows of the pandemic is indeed at the very core of our DNA, so once again we have made some decisions about our next program that honor the current state of public health.

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. Because of the rise in infections that has affected musicians and audience members alike, we feel this would not be the optimal time to gather and present this wonderful concert. However, we are extremely excited to announce ever more ambitious undertakings of a full 2022/23 season in the coming weeks, and this Global Roots program will now become a part of that announcement.

Current ticket holders for Global Roots may hold on to their tickets which will be fully honored for the fall presentation of this program, or you may contact GEMS for a full refund.

Please stay tuned for further exciting details and we will see you in the fall!

Joe and Michele

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

Solange Merdinian square webRanging 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.

Solange Merdinian ~ mezzo-soprano
Dongmyung Ahn ~ violin
Dušan Balarin ~ guitar
Patricia Ann Neely ~ viola da gamba
Rex Benincasa ~ percussion

Performances have been postponed until Fall 2022. Watch this space for more details!

Friday, June 3 at 7 pm (in person and online)
St. Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church, 552 West End Avenue (at West 87th Street), Manhattan (map)
Transit: #1 subway to 86th Street, M86 or M104 bus

Saturday, June 4 at 7 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue , Jamaica, Queens (map)
Transit: E, J, Z trains to Jamaica Center – Parsons/Archer, F train to Parsons Blvd, Q111, Q83, Q84, Q42 buses

Sunday, June 5 at 3 pm
St. Philip's Episcopal Church, 334 MacDonough Street, Brooklyn (map)
Transit: A, C trains to Utica Avenue, B15, B25, B46 buses

$30 ~ General Admission
$15 ~ Under 30/Fixed-Income General Admission
$15 ~ Resident of Queens (6/4); Resident of Brooklyn (6/5) General Admission
$5 ~ Students (ID required)

Please note: Proof of vaccinations and masks are required to attend in-person. Read our full Covid Protocols here

As you probably know, ticket prices do not cover the full cost of these concerts. If you are able, you can donate in addition to your ticket price here.

We also don’t want to turn anyone away for lack of funds. If you’d like to attend or view the concert and can’t afford the listed prices, please email orders@gemsny.org and let us know the amount you can afford.


C3: Countertenors, a Consort, and Continuo


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Friday, February 11 at 7 pm
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, W 65th St and Central Park West, Manhattan

An concert featuring a roster of phenomenal countertenors of color alongside a consort of viols. Watch an exploration of the works of Byrd, Handel, Monteverdi, Purcell, and critically acclaimed composer Trevor Weston’s O Maria.

The Open Gates Project is a concert series dedicated to creating greater access to stages for musicians of color in Early Music, while also seeking to create greater access to Early Music for underserved communities. We want to see increased diversity on the stage AND in the audience.

Biraj Barkakaty, Wei En Chan,Patrick Dailey, Iván Maria Feliciano (special guest young artist), Jonathan May

Motomi Igarashi,Larry Lipnik,Rosamund Morley,Patricia Ann Neely

Dongsok Shin


William Byrd (c. 1540–1623)
Ambitious Love
Ye Sacred Muses
Who Made Thee, Hob

Viol Consort Selections

Henry Purcell (1659–1695)
Sound the Trumpet
Sing, Sing, Ye Druids

Viol Consort Selections

Andrea Gabrielli (1532/33–1585)
Vieni, Vieni, Himeneo

Trevor Weston (b. 1967)
O Maria

George Frideric Handel (1685–1759)
Ombra Mai Fu

Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1643)
Pur Ti Miro

Francesco Cavalli (1602–1676)
Pur Ti Stringo


The Inaugural Concert


November 12-14, 2021

The Divine Feminine: Centering Women of Color in Early Music

Featuring an all-women-of-color roster of artists

There is nothing like the power of strong female representation on the stage.

Named for the almighty creative force that brings all things into being, The Divine Feminine program is a triumphant celebration of womanly influence in the world.  This inaugural program presents a range of visionary female voices from the early repertoire with that most vaunted of female figures, Mary herself, as its bookends. 

From the jubilant medieval setting Hail Mary, Full of Grace to Pergolesi’s grand masterpiece, the Stabat Mater, Mary is brought to life in her many nuances: in deepest love and profound grief; in anguish; in hopefulness, in sensuality, and in the foundational joy of creation. Among the featured composers are Chiara Margarita Cozzolani, Barbara Strozzi, Francesca Caccini, and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. From sacred to secular and back again, this program honors the strength and grace of these masterful historic composers as presented by living masters of their craft: brilliant women of color, every one.

The Open Gates Project is a concert series dedicated to creating greater access to stages for musicians of color in Early Music, whiule also seeking to create greater access to Early Music for underserved communities. We want to see increased diversity on the stage AND in the audience.

Roster of artists:

Nicole Besa ~ soprano
Aine Hakamatsuka ~ soprano
Heather Hill ~ soprano
Amaranta Viera ~ soprano
Tanisha Anderson ~ mezzo-soprano
Guadalupe Peraza ~ mezzo-soprano
AnnMarie Sandy ~ mezzo-soprano
Hai-Ting Chinn ~ alto

Jessica Park ~ violin
Maria Romero Ramos ~ violin
Amelia Sie ~ violin
Patricia Ann Neely ~ viola da gamba
Duangkamon "Wan" Wattanasak ~ harpsichord


Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, “Madre de los Primores”
Chiara Margarita Cozzolani, “O Dulcis Jesu”
Barbara Strozzi, “I Baci”
Francesca Caccini, “O Vive Rose”
Alessandro Stradella, Sinfonia #22 in D minor
Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, “Stabat Mater”

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.