Fri, May 08, 2020 - 8:00 PM

Anthracite Fields

Cullen Theater at Wortham Theater Center

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, under the direction of Julian Wachner. 

“[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


Cullen Theater at Wortham Theater Center

559-575 Prairie St, Houston, TX 77002


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