One event on April 22, 2017 at 7:00pm
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.
Art Exhibit: Transformations
In conjunction with these performances, Westminster and ArtWorks, Trenton’s visual arts center, will present Transformations, an exhibit of art exploring the beauty and dignity found in post-industrial locations, such as Trenton and Pennsylvania’s anthracite coal regions. Exhibit will open at 6 p.m. before each performance.