NY Phil Biennial Presents Julia Wolfe's Anthracite Fields with the Bang on a Can All-Stars

30 - 31 May 2014
Avery Fisher Hall, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York City


Julia Wolfe. Photo by Peter Serling.

Retrace mining lore back to the anthracite fields of central Pennsylvania through this new, folk-classical hybrid choral work by composer Julia Wolfe, runner-up for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in music. Originally commissioned by Mendelssohn Club with Center support, for world premiere performances in Philadelphia in April 2014, the Bang on a Can All-Stars will perform Wolfe's new work as part of the upcoming NY Phil Biennial.

Anthracite Fields is inspired by Anglo-American folk music and Wolfe's research on coal mining communities in Pennsylvania. Drawing inspiration from folk, classical, and rock genres, Julia Wolfe, a co-founder of New York's Bang on a Can, brings a modern sensibility to each while simultaneously tearing down the walls between them. Her music is distinguished by an intense physicality and a relentless power that pushes performers to extremes and demands attention from the audience.

Avery Fisher Hall is located at 10 Lincoln Center Plaza (Columbus Avenue at 65th Street) in New York City.