Gotham Early Music Scene to Present ‘The Divine Feminine: Centering Women of Color in Early Music’

By Logan Martell

Gotham Early Music Scene is set to inaugurate its Open Gates Project with “The Divine Feminine: Centering Women of Color in Early Music.”

Opening on Nov. 12, 2021, the concert will celebrate women of color, with the program being comprised of sacred and secular works by 17th century female composers such as Chiara Margarita Cozzolani, Barbara Strozzi, and Frencesca Caccini. The program will include works dedicated to the Virgin Mary, such as “Madre, de los primores” by famed Latin American poet Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, and Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater.”

The artists include sopranos Nicole Besa, Aine Hakamatsuka, Heather Hill, and Amarenta Viera; mezzos Tanisha Anderson, Guadalupe Peraza, and AnnMarie Sandy; alto Hai-Ting Chinn; violinists Jessica Park, Maria Romero Ramos, and Amelia Sie; Patricia Ann Neely on the viola da gamba; and harpsichordist Duangkamon “Wan” Wattanasak.

The concert will be performed at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on Nov. 12, Jamaica Performing Arts Center on Nov 13, and Pregones Theater on Nov 14. Over the coming year, GEMS will present further concerts as they connect with diverse audiences throughout New York City.