Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK is an immersive audio experience, free to the public, tailor-made to enhance exploring Central Park while observing social distancing guidelines.

After downloading the free app and putting on their headphones, participants can explore Central Park’s 840 acres, triggering musical cells, recorded by Philharmonic musicians, that were carefully crafted to harmonize with the park’s landscape and attractions. The experience is guided by the listener: the path you choose dictates the music you hear, and no two visits will be exactly the same. The installation will remain accessible in Central Park through 2020.

Reid’s newly created soundscape also includes surprise musical “Easter eggs,” including the World Premiere recording of Reid’s When the World As You’ve Known It Doesn’t Exist (a Philharmonic commission that the Orchestra premiered in February 2020 as part of Project 19).

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Musicians of the New York Philharmonic
Alison Fierst, flute
Pavel Vinnitsky*, clarinet
Leelanee Sterrett, Chad Yarbrough*, horn
Christopher Martin, trumpet
Daniel Druckman, Kyle Zerna, percussion
Nancy Allen, harp
Kuan Cheng Lu, Anna Rabinova, Marié Rossano, violin
Leah Ferguson, Robert Rinehart, viola
Ru-Pei Yeh, cello

Young People’s Chorus of New York City
Francisco J. Núñez, founder / artistic director

Poole and the Gang


*denotes substitute

The Project 19 commission of Ellen Reid’s When the World As You’ve Known It Doesn’t Exist was made possible with lead support provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation; the Donald A. Pels Charitable Trust and Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Mr. Oscar L. Tang, and generous support by Sheree A. and Gerald L. Friedman; The Hauser Foundation; The Gerald L. Lennard Foundation; Margaret Morgan and Wesley Phoa; Kimberly V. Strauss, The Strauss Foundation; the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation; and an anonymous donor. Project 19 was supported in part by a generous grant from the American Orchestras’ Futures Fund, a program of the League of American Orchestras made possible by funding from the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.

Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK is co-commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, Mann Center for the Performing Arts in association with The Fairmount Park Conservancy, and the Britt Festival Orchestra. It is made possible in part by the support of Mindscapes, Wellcome’s international cultural program about mental health.