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Anthracite Fields

  • Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center 501 Texas Avenue Houston, TX 77002 (map)

Anthracite Fields

DA CAMERA, BANG ON A CAN ALL-STARS, HOUSTON CHAMBER CHOIR, AND PULITZER PRIZE WINNING COMPOSER, JULIA WOLFE

Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Music, Julia Wolfe’s oratorio sheds light on the experiences of the men and boys who risked, and in many cases, lost their lives underground in the coal mines of Pennsylvania in the early part of the 20th century.  Oral histories, interviews, children’s rhymes and an accompanying original video bring their stories vividly alive. Joining the sensational Bang on a Can All-Stars, Houston Chamber Choir is pleased to collaborate once again with Da Camera Houston to present this important work.

“[Anthracite Fields] captures not only the sadness of hard lives lost…but also of the sweetness and passion of a way of daily life now also lost. The music compels without overstatement. This is a major, profound work.” — The Los Angeles Times

“In Ms. Wolfe’s polished and stylistically assured cantata, the overall coherence of the musical material helped her expressions of outrage to burn cleanly and brightly.” — The New York Times

“My aim with Anthracite Fields is to honor the people who persevered and endured in the Pennsylvania Anthracite coal region during a time when the industry fueled the nation, and to reveal a bit about who we are as American workers.” — Julia Wolfe

Single tickets will be available for purchase through Da Camera beginning August 20, 2019. Subscription tickets available to Houston Chamber Choir Subscribers beginning May 22, 2019 right here at the Houston Chamber Choir website.

 
 
 
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