Talk & Toast with Ellen Reid

Ellen ReidPulitzer Prize-winning composer and native Oak Ridger Ellen Reid joins YWCA for the latest Talk and Toast!

Ellen will share excerpts and discuss her award-winning opera p r i s m, which confronts the difficult topic of sexual and emotional abuse.  Immediately following, YWCA CEO Alizza Punzalan-Randle will moderate a panel discussion with YWCA staff and victim advocates on the topic of domestic violence.  This event is one of several events being hosted by YWCA in October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Thursday, October 10, 2019
The Grove Theater, 123 Randolph Road, Oak Ridge
Check-in & mingle at 5:30 p.m.
Program begins at 6:00 p.m.
Early bird ticket sales have ended! Tickets are $40 and include heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks.  All proceeds will benefit YWCA’s life-saving programs and services in Oak Ridge and Anderson County.

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Ellen Reid is one of the most innovative artists of her generation. A composer and sound artist whose breadth of work spans opera, sound design, film scoring, ensemble and choral writing, she recently became the first composer to have works premiered by Los Angeles’ four leading musical institutions — the Los Angeles Philharmonic, LA Opera, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and Los Angeles Master Chorale — all within one year. Ellen was awarded the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her opera, p r i s m, which addresses the psychological effects of surviving sexual assault. Other season highlights include a new work for the New York Philharmonic, and a collaboration with Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller on a sound installation for the LA Phil’s Walt Disney Concert Hall. In the fall of 2019, Ellen begins a three-year appointment as Creative Advisor and Composer-in-Residence for Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. With composer Missy Mazzoli, Ellen is co-founder of Luna Composition Lab, a mentorship program for young self-identified female, non-binary, and gender non-conforming composers. She received her BFA from Columbia University and her MA from California Institute of the Arts. Ellen splits her time between her two favorite cities — Los Angeles and New York.

Reid, in a word, has arrived” — LA Times