Fire in my mouth
Our New York Philharmonic Debut

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We laid down our scissors
shook the threads off our clothes
and calmly left the places that stood between us and starvation.

Join us for our New York Philharmonic debut this week in the world premiere of Julia Wolfe's Fire in my mouth, telling the story of New York's Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire: a 1911 tragedy that led to significant changes in labor laws. 36 women of The Crossing and 110 young women of the Young People's Chorus of New York represent the 146 women lost in the fire; the work follows their immigration, their protest for improved working conditions, and their end. The New York Philharmonic's new music director Jaap van Zweden conducts, with design and projections by Jeff Sugg, stage direction by Anne Kauffman, and costumes by Márion Talán de la Rosa.

Also on the program are Steven Stucky's Elegy, and
Aaron Copland's Clarinet Concerto.

Fire in my mouth was written to be premiered by
The New York Philharmonic and The Crossing.

Thursday, January 24 at 7:30pm
Friday, January 25 at 8:00pm
Saturday, January 26 at 8:00pm

Previews for Fire in my mouth

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The New York Times

"Julia Wolfe's new oratorio, "Fire in my mouth," is about the Triangle shirtwaist factory fire. She scoured New York's garment district for the right sounds."


The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Montco's Pulitzer Prize-winning composer used two Philly churches to rehearse her big Lincoln Center premiere, opening Thursday."


Fire in my mouth rehearsal with 110 singers from
Young People's Chorus of New York City.