Fire in my mouth, conducted by Music Director Jaap van Zweden, is nominated for two Grammy awards:

Best Contemporary Classical Composition (Julia Wolfe)

Best Engineered Album, Classical (Bob Hanlon and Lawrence Rock, engineers; Ian Good and Lawrence Rock, mastering engineers). Lawrence Rock is Audio Director of the New York Philharmonic; Ian Good is Assistant, Digital Platforms & Experience at the New York Philharmonic.

Fire in my mouth, co-commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, is a searingly vivid evocation of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. The World Premiere performances, this past January, capped New York Stories: Threads of Our City, our exploration of New York’s roots as a city of immigrants.


Julia Wolfe's large-scale work for choir and orchestra Fire in my mouth is released digitally today (August 30) on Decca Gold. It was recorded live at the world premiere in January 2019 by the New York Philharmonic, The Crossing and The Young People's Chorus of New York City. The physical album will be available October 4.


The Fountain of Youth

world premiere

Michael Tilson Thomas 
New World Symphony

America's Orchestral Academy

April 26-27 in Miami Beach, Florida, Michael Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony premiere Julia Wolfe's newest work, Fountain of Youth, co-commissioned by NWS and Carnegie Hall with a consortium of orchestras: Cincinnati Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, and San Francisco Symphony.

MTT and NWS give the New York premiere of Fountain of Youth on May 1 at Carnegie Hall.


String Quartets

first complete performance

February 28, 7:30PM

The Jewish Museum
Scheuer Auditorium
[event link]

[IMAGE] The Wall Street Journal

Julia Wolfe’s ‘Fire in my mouth’ focuses on 1911 factory tragedy and the plight of working women in the early 20th century




January 24–26, the New York Philharmonic premiered Julia Wolfe’s Fire in my mouth, commissioned by the orchestra, Cal Performances at the University of California, Berkeley; the Krannert Center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and the University Musical Society at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


On January 20, Julia Wolfe joins the U-M Contemporary Directions Ensemble, directed by Oriol Sans, for an evening of conversation and performances of her small ensemble works.

This concert is part of a week-long residency by Ms. Wolfe (a U-M alum) to develop Fire in my Mouth, an evening-length orchestral work co-commissioned by UMS with the New York Philharmonic, Cal Performances and the Krannert Center.

This event is free and open to the public; no tickets required.

With a blue dress on (2010)
Cha (2015)
Dark Full Ride (2009)
Tell me everything (1994)

From November 5-11, two European festivals feature music by Julia Wolfe:

• 11/5: Sounds of Music Festival (Groningen, NL) — the JACK Quartet performs Early that summer
• 11/7: Strings of Autumn Fesitval (Prague, CZ) — Bang on a Can All-Stars perform Anthracite Fields with Martinů Voices
• 11/8: Sounds of Music Festival — Trash Panda Collective presents Dark Full Ride


From May 10-13, Peak Performances in Montclair, NJ presents cellist Maya Beiser and friends in a new evening-length work by Julia Wolfe called “Spinning”, which celebrates the work once performed by hand by women. Music has long been a vital part of the craft — both as a propelling force and as a distraction. To pay homage to the human dignity of this “women’s work,” Wolfe and Beiser create a sonic universe for three cellos and voice performed by Beiser with Melody Giron and Lavena Johanson featuring multimedia projections imagined by the innovative artist Laurie Olinder.


Thursday, April 20, 2017
Louisville Symphony Orchestra

Teddy Abrams, conductor
Louisville, KY


Julia Wolfe has been named a 2016 MacArthur Fellow. The MacArthur Fellows Program awards unrestricted fellowships to “talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.” 

Go to for more information.

As part of the New York Commissions to honor the New York Philharmonic's 175th season (2016-17) with New York-themed works by New York-based composers who have strong ties to the Philharmonic, Julia Wolfe presents a new evening-length piece for orchestra and women's choir about women in the American work force. The Philharmonic plans to present this piece in 2018-19.


In April, the Bang on a Can All-Stars travel to Europe for a blockbuster set of concerts, including the European premiere of Julia Wolfe's Anthracite Fields and the Dutch premiere of her Steel Hammer

On Saturday April 16, Wolfe's Pulitzer prize-winning, Anthracite Fields, a concert-length work for chorus and instruments, receives its European premiere with the Bang on a Can All-Stars and the Danish Radio Vocal Ensemble at The Royal Library of Denmark, Copenhagen

The recording of Anthracite Fields on Cantaloupe Music was nominated for a 2016 Grammy award for Best Contemporary Classical Composition.


Read LA Times review of
West Coast premiere at Disney Hall

The Los Angeles Master Chorale and
the Bang on a Can All-Stars

European Premiere
Bang on a Can All-Stars
Danish Radio Vocal Ensemble

April 16, 2016
The Royal Library of Denmark, Copenhagen

click here to stream the music
click here for the full album


Julia Wolfe's, Anthracite Fields, her Pulitzer prize-winning oratorio for chorus and amplified ensemble, has received a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Classical Composition. 

Click here to listen to an NPR feature on Anthracite Fields.


watch excerpt of Steel Hammer staged


On November 14, Julia Wolfe returns to the anthracite coal region in Pennsylvania, which inspired her Pulitzer prize-winning oratorio, Anthracite Fields. In order to share the piece with the community that gave her such invaluable assistance in her research, Wolfe will participate in tours of the Lackawanna Coal Mine and give a talk at the Anthracite Heritage Museum in Scranton. That evening, the Bang on a Can All-Stars and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, conducted by Julian Wachner, will perform Anthracite Fields at the brand-new Allan P. and Marian Sutherland Kirby Center for Creative Arts at the historic Wyoming Seminary in Kingston, PA. The piece is illuminated by the visual projections of scenic designer Jeff Sugg.

Proceeds from the concert are to benefit the Anthracite Heritage Museum.


Steel Hammer

After a superb premiere at The Krannert Center in Urbana-Champaign, IL, the staging of Julia Wolfe's Steel Hammer by director Anne Bogart and her SITI Company with the Bang on a Can All-Stars goes on tour beginning October 23, with a final performance at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in December!

Steel Hammer
staged by Anne Bogart with SITI Company;
Bang on a Can All-Stars

• UCLA: 10/23-24
• Virginia Tech: 11/17
• OZ Arts, Nashville: 11/21
• Brooklyn Academy of Music: 12/2-12/6


Anthracite Fields

Julia Wolfe's Pulitzer-Prize winning oratorio for chorus and instruments, Anthracite Fields, will be released on Cantaloupe Music on September 25, 2015. Wolfe wrote the piece after doing extensive research about the coal-mining industry in an area very near where she grew up in Pennsylvania. Her text draws on oral histories, interviews with miners and their families, speeches, geographic descriptions, children's rhymes, and coal advertisements. The recording features the Bang on a Can All-Stars and The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, under the direction of Julian Wachner.


Julia Wolfe Wins 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Music for Anthracite Fields
an oratorio for chorus and instruments

"[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." — Mark Swed, LA Times


Click on the WQXR streaming player to hear a live recording of Steel Hammer with the Bang on a Can All-Stars and vocalists Emily Eagen, Katie Geissinger and Molly Quinn recfrom October 14, 2014 at Brookfield Place's Winter Garden in New York City. 

This performance was presented in partnership with Arts Brookfield and WNYC's New Sounds Live and hosted by John Schaefer.


On September 17, Colin Currie reprises his performance of riSE and fLY at London's Southbank Centre, this time with conductor Ricardo Castro and the Youth Orchestra of Bahia.

Inspired by New York City street beats and the rhythms of American work song, Julia Wolfe's riSE and fLY is a dazzling work commissioned by the BBC Concert Orchestra for Colin Currie.

Borrowing the title from a chain gang work song, Wolfe's intention is to "take Colin to a new place and to bring something earthy and visceral to the orchestra – to break with formality and get down and dirty."


On May 30 and 31, the NY PHIL Biennial presents the New York premiere of Julia Wolfe's newest work, Anthracite Fields, with the Bang on a Can All-Stars and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street (Julian Wachner, conductor). In the new work, Wolfe draws from oral histories, interviews, speeches, geographic descriptions, local rhymes, and coal advertisements to create a unique oratorio that provides an intimate look at an important slice of American life. 

Wolfe writes about Anthracite Fields: 


On Tuesday April 29, Cantaloupe Music releases Julia Wolfe's much-anticipated recording of her evening-length art ballad, Steel Hammer.


Julia Wolfe's Steel Hammer

Pre-order Julia Wolfe's Steel Hammer before April 20 and receive advance copies, signed CDs, credit as an Associate Producer (order before February 18), and special hand-drawn score page from Steel Hammer, the hotly anticipated album by Julia Wolfe, featuring the Bang on a Can All-Stars and Trio Mediaeval. 


This season Julia Wolfe's large works for string orchestra, Fuel and Cruel Sister, are performed at Carnegie Hall by two of the country's leading interpretors of contemporary works.

On October 25, Robert Spano leads the American Composers Orchestra in their Carnegie performance of Julia Wolfe's full-throttled work for strings, Fuel, on a concert dubbed "Orchestra Underground: Adding Fuel to the Fire".


On July 27, the Massachussetts Museum of Contemporary Art and Bang on a Can present Julia Wolfe’s mesmerizing evening-length art ballad Steel Hammer as part of the Bang on a Can Summer Festival.


click to hear Steel Hammer podcast

From May 9 through 13, Julia Wolfe's Steel Hammer, her evening-length exploration of the American tale of John Henry, receives several European premieres with the Bang on a Can All-Stars and Trio Mediaeval.

May 9: Belgian premiere at the Concertgebouw Brugge

May 11: UK premiere at the Barbican Center in London, part of the festival A Scream and an Outrage

May 13: Swedish premiere at the Uppsala Konsert & Kongress

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