Ellen Reid

Erin Baiano

Oak Ridge native and 2019 Pulitzer Prize-winner, Ellen Reid, has created a version of her signature work, Soundwalk, to be installed at Ijams Nature Center in Knoxville. Accessible on your smart phone by downloading a free app (https://www.ellenreidsoundwalk.com/download),   Soundwalk is a GPS-enabled work that changes and transforms based on a listener's location or rate of speed. Every experience is truly unique.

James Matthew Daniel

Ellen Reid has won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in music for her debut opera, p r i s m. The work tackles the difficult subject matter of sexual and emotional abuse. Reid and librettist, Roxie Perkins, began composing the piece several years ago, before the #MeToo movement. Ellen says that she watched her piece take on a larger, more global meaning, as the perspective and understanding of sexual assault changed. Commissioned and co-produced by Beth Morrison Projects, p r i s m premiered on November 29th at the Los Angeles Opera's Off Grand series.

Ross Karre, co-artistic director of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) says that he views contemporary classical music like going to see a new movie at the cinema. You don't know what to expect, but you walk into the theatre with an open mind and you're excited to see and experience something new.