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Julia Wolfe

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Believing (1997)
Red Poppy
Works for 2-6 Players
Sub Category
Mixed Ensemble
Year Composed
9 Minutes
Programme Note
Julia Wolfe Believing (1997)
Composer Note:
The title for Believing came to me after the music had been written. During the time I was working on the piece I had been listening to a song by John Lennon called Tomorrow never knows. It’s a fantastic song – very psychedelic- written at a time when the Beatles were exploring spiritual questions. You can hear it in the music, and in the words. There’s a line, “it is believing” that comes back again and again. Believing is much a powerful word – full of optimism and struggle. It’s hard to believe and it’s liberating to believe. The music is very much written for the Bang on a can All-Stars. It is my second piece for the group and I feel that I have really gotten inside their sound. Believing was commissioned by NPS Dutch Radio. I am very grateful for their support for this work.

— Julia Wolfe

  • 09 NOV 2017
    Sounds of Music
    Groningen, Netherlands
    Ensemble Klang
  • 09 NOV 2017
    Conservatorium, Groningen, Netherlands
    Prins Claus Conservatorium
    Fie Schouten, conductor
  • 29 MAR 2017
    Doug Varone and Dancers
    Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY
    Brooklyn Academy of Music
    Doug Varone, choreography

    Other Dates:
    30,31 March; 1 April - Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY
  • 09 JAN 2017
    Merkin Hall, New York
    Bang on a Can All-Stars
  • 20 NOV 2016
    Frankfurter Hof, Mainz, Germany
    Bang on a Can All-Stars
  • 15 SEP 2016
    Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • 21 JUL 2016
    Bang on a Can Summer Festival
    Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA
    Bang on a Can All-Stars

  • 21 MAR 2014
    Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, China
    Bang on a Can All-Stars

    Other Dates:
    22,23 March - Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, China
  • 09 FEB 2013
    New Wimbledon Theatre, Wimbledon
    Richard Alston Dance Company

    Other Dates:
    14 February - Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea
    20 February - Octagon Theatre, Yeovil
    26,27 February - Northcott Theatre, Exeter
    6,7 March - The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
    19 March - The Lowry, Salford
    26 March - Sherman Cymru, Cardiff
    23,24 April - Malvern Theatres, Malvern
    30 April; 1 May - Oxford Playhouse, Oxford
    8 May - Theatre, Severn, Shrewsbury
  • 03 OCT 2012
    "Madcap" Richard Alston Dance Company Autumn Tour
    Robin Howard Dance Theatre, The Place, London
    Richard Alston Dance Company

    Other Dates:
    4-6 October - Robin Howard Dance Theatre, The Place, London
    9 October - G live, Guilford, UK
    16,17 October - Royal & Derngate, Northampton
    23 October - Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
    1 November - Theatre Royal, Glasgow
    6 November - Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
  • 06 MAR 2011
    2011 Perth Festival
    Perth, Australia
    2011 Perth Festival
  • 10 FEB 2011
    Bang On a Can People's Commissioning Fund Concert
    Merkin Hall, NY
    Bang On a Can All Stars
  • 14 NOV 2010
    Hudson Opera House, NY
  • 12 NOV 2010
    Bard College, Anandale-on-Hudson, NY

    Other Dates:
    14 November - TBD
  • 10 JUN 2010
    Teatre Republique, Copenhagen, Denmark
    Bang on a Can All Stars at the Athelas New Music Festival 2010

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