MEMETERIA by Thomas May

Music & the Arts

Kudos to Julia Wolfe

Heartiest congratulations to Julia Wolfe for being awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Music.

From the citation:

Awarded to “Anthracite Fields,” by Julia Wolfe, premiered on April 26, 2014, in Philadelphia by the Bang on a Can All-Stars and the Mendelssohn Club Chorus, a powerful oratorio for chorus and sextet evoking Pennsylvania coal-mining life around the turn of the 20th Century (Red Poppy Music/G. Schirmer, Inc.).

Drawing inspiration from folk, classical, and rock genres, Julia Wolfe’s music brings a modern sensibility to each while simultaneously tearing down the walls between them.

Her music is distinguished by an intense physicality and a relentless power that pushes performers to extremes and demands attention from the audience. In the words of the Wall Street Journal, Wolfe has “long inhabited a terrain of [her] own, a place where classical forms are recharged by the repetitive patterns of minimalism and the driving energy of rock.”

The wonderful Los Angeles Master Chorale and its artistic director Grant Gershon had already scheduled the West Coast premiere of Anthracite Fields for their new season.

I’m thrilled for Julia: congratulations!

Filed under: American music, awards


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