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Westminster Choir: Anthracite Fields

April 21, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Westminster Choir: Anthracite Fields

Julia Wolfe’s Pulitzer Prize winning masterwork performed in the monumental space of the Roebling Wire Works.
Presented as part of Westminster’s Transforming Space project, Westminster Choir performs Julia Wolfe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork Anthracite Fields with Bang on a Can All-Stars, Musical America’s Ensemble of the Year, in the monumental space of the Roebling Wireworks, site of the annual Art All Night Festival.

Semi-staged by Doug Varone and utilizing video projections, Anthracite Fields is a docu-oratorio about the mining industry and the Pennsylvania mining community that thrived in the early 20th century. Coal from those mines played a vital role in Trenton’s industrial success, which inspired the slogan „Trenton Makes, the World Takes.“

Commissioned by The Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, Anthracite Fields has been described by Los Angeles Times music critic Mark Swed as „an unforgettably haunting, harrowing evocation of the plight of Pennsylvania’s coal miners, incorporating many musical styles and effectively shadowy visuals.”

Pre-Performance Talk 7:15 p.m.
Composer Julia Wolfe, conductor Joe Miller and historian and preservationist Clifford Zink will present a talk about Anthracite Fields, the significance of the performance site and the Transforming Space project before each performance.
Then on April 21 and 22 we head to Trenton (yes, Trenton, NJ!) for a truly unique staging of Julia Wolfe’s „Anthracite Fields“ at the monumental Roebling Wire Works building. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experiential performance, with staging by choreographer Doug Varone that complements the mesmerizing projections of Jeff Sugg. The terrific Westminster Choir sings, under the baton of Joe Miller. And our brilliant Bang on a Can All-Stars perform the mesmerizing instrumental score,with star vocal turns from cellist Ashley Bathgate and guitarist Mark Stewart. We’re proud to be part of this truly ambitious undertaking!


April 21, 2017
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Roebling Wire Works
675 South Clinton Avenue
Trenton, NJ, 08611 , Vereinigte Staaten
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