"Anthracite Fields" in Scranton

To celebrate the 250th anniversary of anthracite, the Lackawanna Historical Society will present, for the first time in Lackawanna County, a full performance of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning oratorio “Anthracite Fields” at Peoples Security Bank Theater at Lackawanna College on Saturday, November 10, 7:30pm. The oratorio, composed by Julia Wolfe, draws on oral histories, speeches, geographic descriptions, local rhymes, and a coal advertisement as well as personal interviews Wolfe conducted with former miners and their descendants. Wolfe will also act as the guest speaker at the Society’s Annual Dinner on November 8, 6pm. We’re excited to offer both as a way to celebrate anthracite heritage.


Online purchasing of the "Anthracite Fields" oratorio tickets are closed.

Tickets can be purchase at the door on

Saturday, November 10, 7:30pm $30 (Student Ticket $20)



You may also send payment and dinner meal option to: Lackawanna Historical Society at 232 Monroe Ave, Scranton Pa 18510.

The performance will be presented by Bang on a Can All Stars, the original ensemble who toured with Wolfe when she released the piece, as well as the choir of Trinity Wall Street.  The hour-long piece combines elements of classical and folk music and consists of five movements:

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