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Julia Wolfe, a composer associated with the new-music collective Bang on a Can was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for music for Anthracite Fields. The Pulitzer jury described the piece as “a powerful oratorio for chorus and sextet evoking Pennsylvania coal-mining life around the turn of the 20th century.” The hour-long work was commissioned by the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, which gave the world première, along with the Bang on a Can All-Stars, April 26, 2014 in Philadelphia.

The recording of Anthracite Fields is planned to be released in September.

Photo by Derek V. Smythe

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