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April 21, 2015

Montco woman Julia Wolfe wins Pulitzer for Music

Her piece, 'Anthracite Fields,' was first performed in Philadelphia

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"Anthracite Fields" by Julia Wolfe has been awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Music.

Montgomeryville native Julia Wolfe, 56, has won a Pulitzer Prize for Music for her powerful piece "Anthracite Fields," first performed in Philadelphia.

The work is an oratorio composition for a chorus and a sextet - a formation containing exactly six members – and evokes Pennsylvania coal-mining life around the turn of the 20th century, according to The Pulitzer Prizes website.


Wolfe describes herself as a musical renegade, with inspirations that come from folks, classical and rock, the AP reports. 

"Anthracite Fields" was performed in April 2014 by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, of which she is the co-founder, and the Mendelssohn Club Chorus, a Philadelphia choral group.