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Who was John Henry?

The performing arts staff at MASS MoCA have been counting down the hours until tonight’s performance of Steel Hammer by comparing our own notes on the different versions of the John Henry story.

Composer and Bang on a Can co-founder Julia Wolfe did us all one better by seamlessly weaving together every interpretation she could find into one moving and provocative piece; and tonight the Bang on a Can All-Stars will perform the Pulitzer finalist and bring to life the story, or stories, of the steel driving man and his wife Polly Ann, or Mary Ann, or Julie Ann, or Sally Ann…

Julia Wolfe took a moment from rehearsal to describe the piece and her time at MASS MoCA.

Posted July 29, 2013 by MASS MoCA
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