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Gotham Early Music Scene (GEMS) has accepted the resignations of Joe Chappel and Michele Kennedy as co-directors of our Open Gates Project, devoted to diversifying the community of performers and audiences for early music. Joe and Michele initiated the Project in the depths of the pandemic in the spring of 2020, and ably shepherded it through four concerts in the 2021–22 concert season. As their own artistic careers have burgeoned post-pandemic and their time has become limited, GEMS will be seeking new leadership for the Project to build upon the firm foundation the founding co-directors have created. 

Plans for the Open Gates Project 2022–23 Season are still underway. Watch this space for more information in the coming months!



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.


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

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

Harpsichord: 
Dongsok Shin


THE PROGRAM

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

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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

Program:

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.