Composer Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields, an oratorio for chorus and sextet commissioned by Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, was awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Music. Here are some select articles and quotes that appeared in the news and social media following the announcement. Please use the links for complete articles.   New York Times – ArtsBeat: “Anthracite Fields” was […]

Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia Commissioned Composer Julia Wolfe’s Groundbreaking Oratorio and Presented Its 2014 World Premiere to Rave Reviews (PHILADELPHIA) Composer Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields, an oratorio for chorus and sextet commissioned by Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, has been awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Music. Mendelssohn Club premiered the work on April 26, 2014 […]

David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Classical Music Critic Posted: Sunday, December 14, 2014, 3:01 AM   Music from the coal mines. While great new stuff is premiered here frequently, witnessing creative breakthroughs is rare. But with Anthracite Fields, Julia Wolfe, the cutting-edge minimalist, entered a new maximal emotional world in her hour-long work about Pennsylvania coal-mining culture that begins with […]

Mark Swed, LA Times 12/19/2014 Mining music with a little help from video and film: Julia Wolfe’s “Anthracite Fields,” part of the New York Philharmonic’s first biennial of new music, proved an unforgettably haunting, harrowing evocation of the plight of Pennsylvania’s coal miners, incorporating many musical styles and effectively shadowy visuals.  For the full article: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-swed-best-classical-2014-list-20141221-column.html

– Michael Caruso, Chestnut Hill Local, April 24, 2014 When the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia presents Julia Wolfe’s “Anthracite Fields” Saturday & Sunday, April 26 & 27, 4 and 7:30 p.m., in the Episcopal Cathedral Church in West Philadelphia, executive director Janelle McCoy of Roxborough will have been one of those most responsible for the […]

Tom Purdom – Broad Street Review April 30, 2014 Before God I assert that those who consume the coal and you and I who benefit from that service because we live in comfort, we owe protection to those men and we owe the security to their families if they die. That statement by John L. Lewis, […]

DAVID PATRICK STEARNS, INQUIRER CLASSICAL MUSIC CRITIC POSTED: Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 1:08 AM Any great piece of music should be an enveloping alternative universe. And the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia went to grand lengths to make sure that happened at the Saturday premiere of Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields, a major piece that doesn’t require the elaborate production […]

By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic POSTED: April 20, 2014 LANSFORD, Pa. – “Don’t leave me! Don’t leave me!” So says the ghostly voice, heard clearly and periodically in the No. 9 Coal Mine here, apparently from the spirit of a miner who didn’t get out alive. Whether buried or asphyxiated, the names of […]

Broad Street Review – April 07, 2014 – Tom Purdom The Mendelssohn Club has presented several memorable premieres since Alan Harler became its music director 25 years ago. The premiere of its latest commission, Anthracite Fields, could be one of the major events of the Philadelphia music season. The subject is the coal fields of […]

The Mendelssohn Club Choir is mounting its biggest-ever production later this month with the premiere of Anthracite Fields by the cutting-edge composer Julia Wolfe, who is exploring the coal-mining culture in her Pennsylvania roots. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns met with her…inside a coal mine. The world-premiere performances of Anthracite Fields: Saturday, April 26th and Sunday, April 27th at the […]