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A Tempo: Westminster Students Mine "Anthracite Fields" for Musical, Local Meaning

Anne Sears

A Tempo Extra: Clifford Zink, historian, historic preservationist and author of The Roebling Legacy, discusses the significance of the Roebling WireWorks, and its relationship to the material in Anthracite Fields.

As students at Westminster Choir College rehearse Julia Wolfe's Pulitzer Prize Winning oratorio Anthracite Fields, A Tempo recently looked at how the performance at the Roebling Wireworks brings together the work's exploration of life in Pennsylvania coal mining communities and the industrial history of cities like Trenton.

Host Rachel Katz speaks with Wolfe, conductor Joe Miller, director Doug Varone and historian Clifford Zink, as well as several of the students in the choir. She also chats with Matthew Shaftel, dean of Westminster College of the Arts at Rider University, about the educational component that is involving students in area schools.

Credit Anne Sears

Rachel Katz is the host of A Tempo which airs Saturdays at 7 pm.