Anthracite Fields: Music of the Coal Miner

Anthracite Fields: Music of the Coal Miner

Concert Stats

  • 32 singers
  • Bang On A Can All-Stars
  • video projection


After being discovered in 1790 for its superior efficiency and clean-burning properties, Anthracite [an-thruh-sahyt] became the most sought-after coal in the United States and spurred a vast mining industry, fueling the industrial revolution that built our modern world.

Few people know the hardships of the world beneath our feet better than coal miners. The sweat, blood, tears and lives they sacrificed is chronicled in a new work by composer and Bang on a Can co-founder Julia Wolfe, with a stunning multimedia backdrop by visual artist and scenic designer Jeff Sugg, and performed live by New York’s electric chamber ensemble Bang on a Can All-Stars.

Anthracite Fields was premiered in 2014 in Philadelphia and reprised at the New York Philharmonic’s Biennial Celebration to great acclaim. Described by the New York Times as “polished and stylistically assured” and “a major, profound work” by the LA Times, Wolfe weaves together the oral histories, interviews, union speeches and even accident reports from the Pennsylvania mining region at the turn of the 19th century.

In addition, the Master Chorale performs folk songs and spirituals of Appalachia, representing the heritage of many backgrounds, including coal miners of Welsh, Irish and African-American descent.

Congratulations to Julia Wolfe on winning the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Anthracite Fields!

Programs, artists, dates, prices and availability subject to change.

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