Empire Builder (2012)
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"Give me snuff, whiskey and Swedes, and I will build a railway to hell."
-attributed to James J. Hill
Between 1883 and 1889, "Empire Builder" James J. Hill's railroad crews, mostly Swedes and other Scandinavians, frantically laid track across Minnesota and Dakota Territory. By 1893 the newly formed Great Northern Railway reached the Pacific.
The railroads and steam engines pushed materials to their physical limit. Empire Builder hopes to capture this energy; instruments are pushed to the limit.
THIS WORK HAS NOT YET RECEIVED ITS PREMIERE PERFORMANCE