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Julia Wolfe's Anthracite Fields

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 7:30 PM

DIRECT CURRENT

In this multimedia D.C. premiere, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Choir of Trinity Wall Street, and conductor Julian Wachner reprise their Grammy®-nominated account of Wolfe's Pulitzer Prize–winning oratorio recalling Pennsylvania's coal-mining past.

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The Bang on a Can All-Stars, Choir of Trinity Wall Street, and conductor Julian Wachner bring the multimedia D.C. premiere of American composer Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields, reprising their Grammy®-nominated account of the Pulitzer Prize–winning oratorio in which historic photomontages help recall Pennsylvania’s coal-mining past. The Los Angeles Times calls Anthracite Fields a "riveting" work "that gives powerful expression to the consequences of labor and the American labor movement."

Immediately after the performance, Julia Wolfe will join Mason Bates for a free post-show discussion about the Appalachian experience and the importance of giving a voice to a segment of the population rarely represented in classical music.

Performance Timing: Approximately 70 minutes, with no intermission.

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This event is part of the Kennedy Center's annual new celebration DIRECT CURRENT--an immersive showcase for cutting-edge contemporary arts and culture with a focus on interdisciplinary creations.
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