New MacArthur fellow draws on Pennsylvania roots for inspiration

     (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

    (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

    Composer Julia Wolfe, a Pennsylvania native, is among the 23 recipients of the 2016 MacArthur awards.

    Wolfe has been a fixture on New York’s downtown contemporary music scene since her days as a co-founder of the Bang on a Can collective. Last year she won the Pulitzer Prize for music for “Anthracite Fields,” commissioned by Philadelphia’s Mendelssohn Club.

    Wolfe spoke with NewsWorks Tonight host Dave Heller.

     

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