Julia Wolfe: World & NY Premieres of Anthracite Fields

This spring, Julia Wolfe's newest work Anthracite Fields receives its World Premiere in Philadelphia (April 26 & 27) and its New York Premiere at the NY Phil Biennial (May 30 & 31)!

Anthracite Fields explores coal-mining life and the fields of central Pennsylvania near Wolfe's hometown. She draws from oral histories, interviews, speeches, geographic descriptions, local rhymes, and coal advertisements in creating a unique oratorio that provides an intimate look at a particular slice of American life. Jeff Sugg is creating scenography and projections for the work. 

Anthracite Fields receives its world premiere on April 26 when the Bang on a Can All-Stars join forces with the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, and its NY Premiere at the NY Phil Biennial on May 30 with the All-Stars and Trinity Choir. 

Summer Festival Benefit Party: April 30

It's party time again. And YOU'RE invited! Michael Gordon wants to tell you all about it here.

Join us for the Second Annual "Banglewood Benefit" this April 30 from 8pm- midnight at JACK, a performance space in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. Last year's party was a raging success, with a live karaoke band of Banglewood Alums and dozens of high-energy singers who will not be quitting their day jobs. And we raised $10,000 towards the Festival!

This year, we're doing an informal concert followed by a wild and wooly dance party. We'll be treated to a smorgasbord of great musical bits from alums Ruby Fulton, Adam Cuthbert, New Thread Quartet, Nouveau Classical Project, kills to kisses, and more, plus a special appearance by Bang on a Can All-Star Mark Stewart. And then DJ Jacob Cooper will "tear the roof off the sucka."

Bang on a Can Annual Benefit @ City Winery: May 27

We are exceptionally excited to pay tribute to a great friend and colleague, Mary Lou Aleskie, at this year's annual benefit. Executive Director of the renowned International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven, Connecticut, Mary Lou’s continued support for our work and her dedication to so many other remarkable artists and arts professionals and the field as a whole is truly visionary!

The evening at City Winery features performances by our very own Bang on a Can All-Stars and special guests. 

More info and tickets.