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Project 19 Profile: Ellen Reid

Posted February 18, 2020

Here is the third in a series of video profiles of Project 19 composers created by women filmmakers. Filmmaker Carole Ann Wright profiles Ellen Reid — the third composer whose work the Orchestra is premiering as part of Project 19, the Philharmonic’s celebration of the centennial of the 19th Amendment through 19 commissions by women composers.

Reid talks about the physicality of her writing process and the images — a golden arrow and momentum — she had in mind for her Philharmonic commission. “I’m a five-foot tall woman, so the fact that I think my emotions belong on that stage is a political statement,” she says. “I went very personal and wrote about my emotional landscape for the past year.”

The New York Philharmonic will premiere Ellen Reid’s When the World as You’ve Known It Doesn’t Exist, led by Music Director Jaap van Zweden, February 20–22.

Watch the first two videos, profiling Nina C. Young and Tania León.