The Gauntlet

August 3, 2019

Witness Rockefeller Center come to life with the immersive, site-specific choral and movement piece The Gauntlet, commissioned by Tishman Speyer, co-produced by National Sawdust and created by composer Sxip Shirey and choreographer Coco Karol. On Saturday, August 3, hundreds of singers will bathe thousands of people in waves of harmony, poetry and gesture. An intimate, personal experience in the heart Manhattan, you will be led through musical corridors of sonic architecture formed by the human voice. The Rockefeller Center iteration of The Gauntlet is inspired by the theme of transformation, with text formed from ‘movement interviews’ with changemakers, cultural figures, and artists. As you make your way through the plazas, you will be immersed with stories of transformation presented in the collective choral work.

Two performances will take place on Saturday, August 3 at 4pm and 7pm. Performances are open to the public, free of charge and tickets are not required.

Creative & Producing Team:

  • Sxip Shirey, Composer & Music Director 
  • Coco Karol, Choreographer 
  • Nilusha Dassenaike, Assistant Music Director 
  • Raquel Acevedo Klein, Assistant Music Director  
  • Nathan Repasz - Assistant Music Director 
  • Holly Hunter, Producer & Director of National Sawdust Projects and Community Engagement 
  • Lorna Simpson, Producer & Director of Programming and Events, Rockefeller Center 

Featuring singers and choirs from across all five boroughs of New York City, including: 

  • C4 - The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective
  • Choral Chameleon
  • Downtown Voices
  • Inspire
  • Moving Star Ensemble 
  • New York City Master Chorale
  • R.Evolución Latina
  • The O’s Ensemble
  • Wintersweet Ensemble 
  • Young New Yorkers Chorus



  • Miguel Angel Guzmán
  • Remi Harris
  • Wanda Gala
  • Effy Grey
  • Natalie Deryn Johnson