Music at the Gate

Music at the Gate Music at the Gate is a series of live music events dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in our communities. For info [email protected]
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His Holiness, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI said "[Music] has the power to lead us back...to the Creator of all harmony, creating a resonance within us which is like being in tune with the beauty and truth of God, with the reality which no human knowledge or philosophy can ever express." Music at the Gate believes that the arts, and music in particular, elevate and bring the human spirit closer to God. It also affirms that arts education is critical to our children's development and to the sustainability of the quality of life in our communities.

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05/10/2019

Mark your calendars and please us.

LI Guitar Orchestra
04/29/2019

LI Guitar Orchestra

Long Island Guitar Orchestra and Long Island Classical Guitar Society Quartet under the direction of Christopher Gotzen-...
04/29/2019

Long Island Guitar Orchestra and Long Island Classical Guitar Society Quartet under the direction of Christopher Gotzen-Berg .

Music at the Gate concert series presented the Long Island Guitar Orchestra and Long Island Classical Guitar Society Qua...
04/29/2019

Music at the Gate concert series presented the Long Island Guitar Orchestra and Long Island Classical Guitar Society Quartet on Sunday April 28th conducted by Christopher Goetzen-Berg. Their program included music by Bach, Vivaldi, Miller, Rivera and Houghton.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 15th at 7pm for the next MAG event, a concert by Schola Sine Nomine and the Music at the Gate Orchestra in a program of music by Mozart, Bryd, Stanford, Faure and Tallis.

Your are invited to the next event at Music at the Gate, next Sunday, April 28 at 4pm for a performance by the Long Isla...
04/23/2019

Your are invited to the next event at Music at the Gate, next Sunday, April 28 at 4pm for a performance by the Long Island Guitar Orchestra. Admission is FREE but a free will offering is encouraged to ensure future concerts.

Mark your calendars for our next event!!
03/19/2019

Mark your calendars for our next event!!

The duo of "Reed and Word" and guest artists presented a program of sacred cantatas as part of Music at the Gate yesterd...
03/11/2019

The duo of "Reed and Word" and guest artists presented a program of sacred cantatas as part of Music at the Gate yesterday afternoon. Pictured l to are Greg Weissman (oboe), Jane Hoffman (soprano), Vilian Ivantchev (guitar) and Jennifer Girone-Virgilio (cello).

What you will hear at the next MAG concert. The program will include three cantatas from the baroque period (late 17th t...
03/04/2019

What you will hear at the next MAG concert. The program will include three cantatas from the baroque period (late 17th to early 18th Century approx.) These cantatas were composed for small church or private worship for single voice and small instrumental ensemble on religious/ biblical subjects.

You will hear a cantata by two famous composers of the Spanish baroque; Jose de Nebra and Josquet de La Guerre. De la Guerre's work takes the Old Testament heroine Judith as its subject.

Judith was a beautiful, clever, cool-witted widow in the ancient town of Bethuliah.
She was brave as a lion. When her town was besieged and death stared them all in the face, Judith hatched a plan to save herself and the townspeople. She coolly seduced, then murdered the enemy general Holofernes and hung his severed head on the city walls. Seeing it, the enemy soldiers were thrown into a panic and fled.
Bethuliah was saved and Judith proclaimed a heroine.

Come and hear this dramatic work and others on Sunday, March 10th at 4 pm. Admission is FREE. A free will offering to ensure future concerts is gratefully accepted.

The Spring 2019 season of Music at the Gate starts on Sunday, March 10th at 4pm with a Concert by "Reed and Word".  Foun...
01/24/2019

The Spring 2019 season of Music at the Gate starts on Sunday, March 10th at 4pm with a Concert by "Reed and Word". Founders soprano Jane Hoffman and oboist Greg Weissman are joined by cellist Jennifer Girone-Virgilio and guitarist Vilian Ivantchev. Mark your calendars. Watch these pages for more detailed information about the performers and the music they will perform.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to our performers, audiences and donors. Special thanks to new pastor Rev. Carlos Vel...
12/21/2018

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to our performers, audiences and donors. Special thanks to new pastor Rev. Carlos Velasquez for his continued support of the parish concert series. We look forward to the Spring series.

Mark your calendars for the next presentation, the annual concert of music for Advent and Christmas. The program will in...
11/01/2018

Mark your calendars for the next presentation, the annual concert of music for Advent and Christmas. The program will include music by Palestrina, Bach, Schutz, Rutter, Tavener, Gray, Victoria, Laudrison and others. Watch for some notes on the music and performers in coming days.

Guitar virtuoso,  teacher and scholar Christopher Gotzen-Berg and three of his current or past students opened the new s...
10/15/2018

Guitar virtuoso, teacher and scholar Christopher Gotzen-Berg and three of his current or past students opened the new season of Music at the Gate yesterday with a program of eclectic music for guitar in solos and duets. Chris is founder and Executive Director of the Legato Foundation that supports and develops classical music on Long Island. Photo credit to Toney Mendoza.

10/12/2018

OPENING "NIGHT" this Sunday afternoon at 4pm. Music for solo Guitar and duets featuring Christopher Goetzen Berg and students.

09/21/2018

We regret to say that the previously announced November performance by the Long Island Guitar Orchestra has been cancelled and will hopefully be rescheduled for the near future.

The first presentation.of the new season
09/10/2018

The first presentation.of the new season

Please support MAG as described below.
08/25/2018

Please support MAG as described below.

06/27/2018

We are busily planning for next season and will be announcing some dates for you to put on your calendars soon.

In the meantime please let us know what you would like to see in future programs.

What you will hear at the Music at the Gate concert on Saturday, June 9th at 7pm.The Magnificat or Song of Mary is one o...
05/28/2018

What you will hear at the Music at the Gate concert on Saturday, June 9th at 7pm.

The Magnificat or Song of Mary is one of the three New Testament canticles. Mary sings the song on the occasion of her visit to Elizabeth, as narrated in the Gospel of Luke.

English composerJohn Rutter was inspired by "jubilant celebrations of Mary in Hispanic cultures"[and conceived the work as a "bright Latin-flavoured fiesta".

The composer wrote:

" I had long wished to write an extended Magnificat, but was not sure how to approach it until I found my starting point in the association of the text with the Virgin Mary. In countries such as Spain, Mexico and Puerto Rico, feast days of the Virgin are joyous opportunities for people to take to the streets and celebrate with singing, dancing and processions. These images of outdoor celebration were, I think, somewhere in my mind as I wrote, though I was not fully conscious of the fact till afterwards."

The composition of Magnificat occupied several weeks early in 1990, and the première took place in May of that year in Carnegie Hall, New York.

Come hear this joyous celebration of Mary in Thanksgiving to the Montfort Community and Daughters of Wisdom on Saturday, June 9th at 7pm, featuring soprano Michelle Trovato

Schola Sine Nomine previewed its June 9th program at Maple Grove Cemetery performing arts center, Celebration Hall on Ma...
05/27/2018

Schola Sine Nomine previewed its June 9th program at Maple Grove Cemetery performing arts center, Celebration Hall on May 26th to an enthusiastic audience.
Come year the program on June 9th at 7pm at SMGH. Here are some pics of SSN and guest artists.

Music at the Gate is happy to welcome Queens resident Juan Herrera to the list of performers on Saturday, June 9th. Mr. ...
05/21/2018

Music at the Gate is happy to welcome Queens resident Juan Herrera to the list of performers on Saturday, June 9th. Mr. Herrera is Percussion Artist at Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education having studied classical percussion performance at Queens College, of the City University of New York and State University of New York at Fredonia. He will add the necessary Latin flavor to the performance of John Rutgers Magnificat.

Come and hear a variety of musical compositions about Mary in Thanksgiving to the Montfort Fathers and Daughters of Wisdom for over a century of ministry to the people of our parish.

What will you hear at the next concert on June 9th?Soprano Michelle Trovato will perform the two most famous settings of...
05/14/2018

What will you hear at the next concert on June 9th?

Soprano Michelle Trovato will perform the two most famous settings of "Ave Maria" every composed. They are universally recognized and ever present at weddings and other special liturgical occasions. They are of course the settings by Franz Schubert and Charles Gounod.

Mark your calendar.

The resident Vocal Ensemble Schola Sine Nomine will present a concert of music inspired by Mary, the mother of God. See ...
04/29/2018

The resident Vocal Ensemble Schola Sine Nomine will present a concert of music inspired by Mary, the mother of God. See the poster below for information. Specific program information will be posted in the coming weeks. Plan on coming with your family and music loving friends.

11/23/2017

Happy Thanksgiving to all our friends and supporters, see you at our Advent Christmas concert this Sunday at 5pm.

Last week I mentioned the music about Mary that is on the program for next Sunday's concert of Advent and Christmas musi...
11/20/2017

Last week I mentioned the music about Mary that is on the program for next Sunday's concert of Advent and Christmas music at Music at the Gate.

You will also hear music about the Three Magi ("Follow that Star", "Is it Far to Bethlem City ") and the Shepherds ("Unto us a boy is born", "To us is born Emmanuel", "Rise up Shepherd and follow") and the promises of salvation ("Away in a Manger" and "Jesus Christ the Apple Tree").

In the "Bell Carol" by William Mathias, the chorus will mimic the sounds of bells ringing and be joined by a Glockenspiel. If you don't know what that is you better be sure to come and find out.

The voices of Schola Sine Nomine will be accompanied by violins, cello, viola, double bass and keyboard all conducted by the talented maestra Saya Callner.

Come and start your holiday season with this concert of seasonal music called "Sing Joyfully" on Sunday, November 26 at 5pm. Admission is free but if you are able we ask for a free will offering of $10 so we can present more concerts.

11/15/2017

Several hundred parishioners at St. Mary Gate of Heaven are prayerfully participating in the 33 day preparation for Total Consecration to Jesus Christ through Mary.

On Sunday November 26 at 5pm Music at the Gate will reference this effort during its concert of music for Advent and Christmas by including three Marian themed numbers; "Mary had a baby" an African-American spiritual and the more contemporary song "Mary did you know " by Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene.

The text of the Magnificat also known as the "Song of Mary" can be found in the Gospel of Luke describing Mary's visit to her cousin Elizabeth who was already pregnant with St. John the Baptist. Upon learning of Mary's pregnancy she praises Mary's faith. Mary responds with the words of the Magnificat, " My soul doth magnify the Lord "

This text has been set to Music by many composers over the centuries. The Schola Sine Nomine will perform one by Francesco Durante in the late 18th century (previously attributed to Pergolesi)

Be sure to come and hear these wonderful pieces as well as other seasonal favorites.

11/10/2017
11/06/2017

"Sing joyfully"! The Schola Sine Nomine adult chamber choir in residence at St. Mary Gate of Heaven Church presents a concert of music for Advent and Christmas on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 5pm. The choir will be joined by Music at the Gate Orchestra Conducted by Saya Callner. Put this on your calendar and plan to bring your family and friends to begin the holiday season with beautiful music. Watch Facebook for more information about the program.

Here are some scenes of this afternoon's performance at Music at the Gate's benefit concert for the parish Food Pantry. ...
10/30/2017

Here are some scenes of this afternoon's performance at Music at the Gate's benefit concert for the parish Food Pantry. The performers were members of the Red Door Chamber players, Daniel Keene guitar, Morgan Pappas flute and Lisa Casal-Galietta violin.

Tomorrow afternoon at 4pm at St. Mary Gate of Heaven the Red Door Chamber Players present a Benefit Concert for the Gate...
10/28/2017

Tomorrow afternoon at 4pm at St. Mary Gate of Heaven the Red Door Chamber Players present a Benefit Concert for the Gate of Heaven Food Pantry. Cash ( or check) donations at the door will help the pantry prepare for the holiday season. Let the music feed your soul while your generosity will help nourish the bodies of the needy.

Next Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 4pm BENEFIT CONCERT FOR THE PARISH FOOD PANTRY.The next Music at the Gate event feature...
10/23/2017

Next Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 4pm BENEFIT CONCERT FOR THE PARISH FOOD PANTRY.

The next Music at the Gate event features music for Guitar, flute and Violin performed by members of the Red Door Chamber Players .

There is no admission charge but we ask everyone for a free will offering of $10. All monetary donations received at the concert will go directly to support the parish Food Pantry so that it can be properly stocked for the upcoming holidays.

Please support this important parish Ministry and enjoy some wonderful music from the early Romantic period.

The next Music at the Gate concert is on Sunday, October 29th at 4pm. Members of the Red Door Chamber Players will prese...
10/06/2017

The next Music at the Gate concert is on Sunday, October 29th at 4pm. Members of the Red Door Chamber Players will present "Music of the Early Romantics" featuring music for Guitar, Violin and Flute. There is no admission charge to MAG programs but a free will donation of $10 is always suggested to ensure more concerts.

The concert on October 29th is to support the growing needs of the parish Food Pantry. All cash donations at the concert will go directly to support the Food Pantry.

Please plan to attend and bring your family and friends.(ps)

The Serafin String Quartet of Wilmington, Delaware opened the 2017-18 season of Music at the Gate tonight.  An enthusias...
09/10/2017

The Serafin String Quartet of Wilmington, Delaware opened the 2017-18 season of Music at the Gate tonight. An enthusiastic audience enjoyed a bravura performance of music by Higdon, Still, Barber and Mendelssohn. The Quartet is comprised of violinists, Kate Ransom and Lisa Vaupel, violist Sheila Browne and cellist Larry Stomberg. Check their YouTube, Website and pages for more on this talented ensemble including how to purchase their award winning CD. Thank you to Toney Mendoza for capturing this performance of the 2nd movement of the Mendelssohn Quartet.

08/08/2017
08/08/2017
Just about a month away! The award winning Serafin String Quartet of Delaware comes to our Parish to open the 2017-18 se...
08/05/2017

Just about a month away! The award winning Serafin String Quartet of Delaware comes to our Parish to open the 2017-18 season of Music at the Gate. Mark your calendars and bring a date on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 7pm.

I know you are all planning to come to opening night on Sept 9, but I want you to circle the date for the second concert...
07/29/2017

I know you are all planning to come to opening night on Sept 9, but I want you to circle the date for the second concert of the season by members of the Red Door Chamber Players on Sunday, October 29th at 4pm. The program will feature the classical guitar both as a solo instrument and in combo with flute and violin in music of the early Romantic era. Performers will be; Lisa Casal-Galietta, violin; Morgan Pappas, flute and Daniel Keene, guitar.

Opening Night of the 2017-18 Season brings the Serafin String Quartet from Delaware.  Plan to be there to celebrate the ...
06/30/2017

Opening Night of the 2017-18 Season brings the Serafin String Quartet from Delaware. Plan to be there to celebrate the new season on Saturday evening Sept 9, 2017 at 7pm.

06/21/2017

Music at the Gate is excited to announce its Fall 2017 concert schedule. Opening Night September 9 at 7pm brings the Serafin Quartet from Wilmington, Delaware to Ozone Park. These awarding winning recording artists will present a varied program of music for two violins, viola and cello.

The Long Island based Red Door Chamber Players visit us on Sunday, October 29 at 4pm.

Our resident Adult chorus Schola Sine Nomine prepares you for the Advent/ Christmas season. There is some hint of having some special guest performers. Stay tuned for more details.

06/01/2017

Let us know what kind of programming you would like to see/hear in the future.

Pics by Toney from Sunday's concert
05/10/2017

Pics by Toney from Sunday's concert

05/05/2017

Schola Sine Nomine NY had a great dress rehearsal tonight. Lots of hard work paying off. Come hear; a Mass setting by a Catholic composer for clandestine use in the Protestant England of Elizabeth I, some rather bawdy madrigals, music by composers working at the Vatican and some later music inspired by the Spirit of the Renaissance. This Sunday at 6pm!.

Timeline Photos
04/11/2017

Timeline Photos

04/11/2017

Sunday, May 7th at 6pm. "Music at the Renaissance: Sacred and not so Sacred" a Schola Sine Nomine Conducted by Saya Callner perform Motets, Anthems and Madrigals by renaissance masters and composers influenced by them.

Wonderful bravura program of music for flute and cello from Martha Cargo and Ben  Larsen.  Contemporary works exploited ...
03/27/2017

Wonderful bravura program of music for flute and cello from Martha Cargo and Ben Larsen. Contemporary works exploited the instruments' extraordinary expressive range. Two of the composers, Paolo Marchettini and Drake Andersen, were present to hear their music performed by this dynamic duo. Bravo!

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