February 14, 2018
The Crossing Will Make New York Philharmonic Debut In January 2019

In the 2018-19 Season, Jaap van Zweden and the New York Philharmonic will examine New York City’s roots as a city of immigrants during New York Stories: Threads of Our City. It will center on the Orchestra’s January 24–26, 2019, performances of the World Premiere of Julia Wolfe’s Fire in my mouth, commissioned by the New York Philharmonic. The work is based on the garment industry in New York at the turn of the century, and specifically focuses on the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City, which killed 146 garment workers, most of them young, female immigrants.

The immersive, multimedia performance will feature the Philharmonic debut of the 36 women of the Grammy Award–winning chamber choir The Crossing, directed by Donald Nally, and the Philharmonic debut of Jeff Sugg as scenic, lighting, video, and projection designer. The New York Philharmonic presented the New York Premiere of Julia Wolfe’s Pulitzer Prize–winning Anthracite Fields in May 2014.

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