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Sage Music invites you to our final September Sundays concert in Gantry Plaza State Park.

Joined by community partners, Sage Music is both performing and co-sponsoring the concert series. The Sunday night concerts will feature a wide-range of musical genres and will be held from 5:00p.m. to 7:30p.m. for our final performance on Sept. 22.

Building on the success of last year’s concerts, this year, the concerts are even bigger and better! A whopping 40 musicians and 16 different acts will perform.

The concert is also being sponsored by 14 local businesses. The concert series was founded to promote the artists and businesses of Long Island City. As the area further develops, there is a collective community desire to support and promote the value of the arts in Long Island City, one of the most artistically rich neighborhoods in the area. Talented musicians and artists work, live and/or study right here in our backyard and this is why every musical act in the concert series will have a tie to our local community.

Scheduled to speak at this final concert is a special appearance by Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer along with compelling performances by Amanda Rae Matson, Delaney Rosen, Patrick Dailey, Clara Duo and Mappa Mundi.

Directions and more information.

The Sunset Concert Series is sponsored by 14 local businesses!

The event sponsors are offering special discounts to concert goers.  Bring your flyer to the businesses to receive your discounts.

Court Square Diner |
Receive 10% off your meal. Valid through 9/30/13.

Riverview Restaurant/Lounge |
Receive 15% off on the night of the show

Sage Music |
Receive $75 off your first month of lessons. Valid through 9/30/13

Silver Star Auto Express |
Get a $30 oil change.

Vernon Wine & Liquor | 5006 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City NY.
Get 15% off wine purchase. Valid through 9/30/13.

About Sponsors

Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer
Art Song Preservation Society
Fran Kaufman Photography
The Secret Theatre
The Compact Disc Jockeys
Riverview Restaurant
LaGuardia Community College Performing Arts
Carmen Rubio Photography
New York City Classical Guitar Society
Sage Music
Vernon Wine & Liquor
Court Square Diner
NYS Department of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation
Silver Star Auto Express

Featured Performers from Sage Music.

Featured from Sage Music in the performance lineup is Jason Sagebiel who took the stage on Sept. 8, together with the New York City Guitar Orchestra. Also performing on night one was Sage Music’s student Evan Murphy. On Sept. 15, Sage Music student Marlon Oliveira will perform. On Sept. 22, Clara Duo will take the stage as will Jason Sagebiel with Mappa Mundi.

We are beyond excited to see Sage Music participate in such a big way in the concert series this year!


Complete Lineup List:

Delaney Rosen is a mezzo soprano who has been praised in The Baltimore Sun for her “tender tone” and “sensitive phrasing”. She is currently a student at The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where she studies with acclaimed divas Phyllis Bryn-Julson and Marianna Busching. At Peabody, she has performed as a chorister and soloist with the Peabody Singers, and was selected to participate in Peabody’s “Thursday Noon Recital Series.” Also at Peabody, she has appeared in opera scenes from The Ballad of Baby Doe, Il Trovatore, Cendrillion, La Fille de Regiment and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Delaney made her solo operatic debut in March of 2012 with the Peabody Opera Theater in their production of Robert Ward’s The Crucible as Rebecca Nurse. This past year, Delaney appeared in a masterclass with Denyce Graves, performed the role of Mallika in Peabody’s production of Lakmé and covered the alto solo in Peabody’s production of the Verdi Requiem. Most recently, she participated in The Art Song Preservation Society of New York’s Summer of Song masterclass series when she sang for Thomas Grubb in a class on French art song.

Patrick Dailey is a countertenor and is a native of Nashville, Tenn., and an alum of the Nashville School of the Arts. He has won such competitions as the NAACP ACT-SO, the Grady-Rayam Prize in Sacred Music, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing Regional Competition. Patrick is a winner of the National Society of Arts and Letters’ Shirley Rabb Wilson Award in Voice, as well as a winner of the Baltimore Music Club Competition. In 2010, he was a finalist in the National Classical Singer University Vocal Competition and won first place in the Harlem Opera Theater Vocal Competition. On Jan. 19, 2009, he sang a featured duet with Aretha Franklin as the finale for the annual, “Let Freedom Ring Celebration” at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In February of 2011, Patrick was a featured artist at Princeton University Chapel’s African American Heritage Worship service and appeared at Baltimore’s Artscape Festival with noted organist, Samuel Springer in recital that same summer. Most recently, Patrick was named a Young Artist Scholar of the Marian Anderson Historical Society and made his operatic debut with Opera Saratoga in Verdi’s Rigoletto and William Schuman’s The Mighty Casey. He also toured Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay with the Harlem Opera Theater. His orchestral and concert repertoire includes Bach’s Magnificat, Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Beethoven’s Mass in C, and Mozart’s Requiem. He was also featured in a lecture performance of “Too Hot to Handle” with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. His concert appearances include performances with Soulful Symphony, the Lloyd Mallory Singers, the Chesapeake Youth Orchestra, and the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Dailey received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music-Vocal Performance with a minor in Dance Education at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Md. Currently, he attends the Boston University School of Music where he is a candidate for the Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance.

Amanda Rae Matson is originally from Millis, Mass., and is an active performer of opera, oratorio, and art song. Currently residing in New York City, Amanda performs regularly throughout the Northeast, including performances in the Boston Lyric Opera’s production of Carmen, MetroWest Opera’s The Magic Flute, and Opera del West’s L’Elisir d’Amore. An avid performer in New York, Amanda was recently praised as having a, “gorgeous, silky soprano” for her performance of the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro with the New York Opera Exchange. Amanda received her master’s degree in music from The Eastman School of Music where she performed such roles as Hanna Glawari in the Eastman Opera Theatre production of The Merry Widow and as Governess in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw. She received a bachelor’s of arts degree in music with a Summa Cum Laude distinction, from Florida State University where she covered the role of Nannetta in Verdi’s Falstaff and performed as Gretel in Hansel and Gretel. Amanda was a finalist for the Jesse Kneisel Lieder Competition and was awarded first place in the Friends of Eastman Opera Competition, judged by Thomas Lausmann. She participates in numerous concerts and recitals, appearing with the chamber group Vivre Musicale, The Art Song Preservation Society of New York, and as a guest artist in the SUNY Albany Bel Canto recital series. Amanda was most recently selected as a finalist in the Alfredo Silipigni International Vocal Competition with the New Jersey State Opera and can be seen this November covering the role of Juliette in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette with the New York Opera Exchange.


Shirley Gruenhut is a pianist and graduated from Brooklyn College. She isthe first recipient of the prestigious Charles Ives Award for Excellence in Musical Performance, and studied on the graduate level at the Manhattan School of Music. She assisted at the Metropolitan Opera House studios as an accompanist and has performed in Europe, Israel and here in New York. She has worked during her professional career both as a music teacher in the public and private sector, and has founded several chamber music ensembles, including The Soiree Sisters, The Urban Stress Trio and Handel With Care. She continues to be an avid chamber music performer.Clara Duo is a simple, elegant duo comprising of clarinetist Asuka Elias and pianist Aleksandra Kocheva. Founded in 2006, Clara Duo has played many concert halls across the world. Not only are they active in making music on stage, they are also passionate about contributing to society through the Music for New York Health program and by performing at senior living centers. The variety of their repertoires is diverse, from classical style to contemporary, to the folk music of their homelands of Japan and Bulgaria. Born and raised in Osaka, Japan, Asuka Elias started playing the piano at the age of three and clarinet at the age of nine.Mappa Mundi is an experimental band rooted in rock, folk, pop, and chamber music, with influences spanning from Phillip Glass to Arcade Fire and Erik Satie, The Decemberists, John Adams, and the National. The band bounces between noisy rock, baroque arrangements, and jangly folk, their sound can only be described as Chamber Pop: at once Old World and New.

Featured Student Joshua Scholder:

Josh is a young adult student who is working as a stagehand at the Sunset Concert Series. To boost his confidence, Sage Music hired Joshua as a stage-hand at the concert series and has acted as a reference for future employers. The music schools’ goals are to give him an ego boost, and to help him in his job search. He is a spirited young man and we are passionate in seeing Joshua succeed. He is currently taking guitar lessons with Taro at Sage Music.

A huge thank you to all Sage Music participants for sharing your talents with New York City!

For those of you not performing on this year’s concert, we look forward to seeing you, your families and friends join us for concerts in the park!

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