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The Gathering
Community Partners


The Gathering Events

Community Partners

A new evening-length work, co-commissioned by the Apollo, The Gathering brings the ancestral tradition of the Ring Shout into a contemporary context, taking audiences on a sonic quest rooted in the ritual tradition with a diverse array of contemporary multidisciplinary artists. Anchored by an 80-member orchestra and a 50-voice choir composed of both professional and amateur singers from multiple African American churches and choral ensembles in New York, this not-to-be-missed event features new musical works including New York premieres by Carlos Simon and Joel Thompson paired with new commissions from Toshi ReagonJason Michael Webb, and Lelund Thompson created to honor our present need for a collective space of remembrance.

The Gathering is more than a concert; it’s the opportunity for its presenters to celebrate, engage with, service, and invigorate our communities with The Gathering-inspired conversations and activities that address social justice issues. These events include Apollo Uptown Hall: MLK, Activism, and the Arts; Deep Rivers: Black Currents in Classical Music; Mendi + Keith Obadike’s RingShout: A Sonic Healing; Healing Joy and Liberation: Mental Health and the Arts; Resistance and Healing: Engaging the Ring Shout, Live Wire: The Sound of Social Justice and The Gathering: A Collective Sonic Ring Shout.

Here is our list of community partners who have joined us on this journey of discussions and presentations about these important social justice issues.

1199, Bread and Roses

Abyssinian Baptist Church


Black Alumni Council of Columbia University

Broadway Inspirational Voices

The Center for Black Literature 

Columbia University Spirituality, Mind and Body Institute

Convent Avenue Baptist Church

Cultural Innovation Group

CUNY School of Medicine at the City College of New York

Dance Theatre of Harlem

Experience Harlem

Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce

Experience Harlem

The Greene Space

Harlem Advocates for Seniors

Harlem Arts Alliance

Harlem Fine Arts Show

Manhattan Community Board 10

March on Washington Film Festival

NYC Dept. of Health & Mental Hygiene


Sing Harlem




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