LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — California’s biggest newspaper was recognized this week with a Pulitzer Prize for its reporting on the USC gynecologist scandal, but so was a lesser-known composer who will soon become the creative advisor and composer-in-residence at the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.
Ellen Reid says she was “blown away and incredibly honored” to receive the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in music in a Instagram post that shows her a little disheveled, but very excited.
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I am blown away and incredibly honored to receive this year’s Pulitzer Prize in music. Composing p r i s m was a challenging, rewarding and deeply personal experience, and I hope this opera will help shed light on the experience of surviving sexual assault. While Roxie and I did not plan for the timeliness of the subject matter, I am so grateful that it has resonated with audiences. A massive thank you to the collaborators who are central to this work: Roxie Perkins, Beth Morrison and everyone at BMP, James Darrah, Julian Wachner and the folks at Trinity Church Wall Street, Chris Bordenave, Rebecca Jo Loeb, Anna Schubert, Tatiana Barber, Charbel Rohayem, Gigi Todisco, Christopher Koelsch & LA Opera, Daniela Candillari, PROTOTYPE, Choir of Trinity Wall Street, Garth MacAleavey, Adam Rigg, Molly Irelan, Pablo Santiago, Eclipse Projects, Adam Lesser, Karen & Randy Reid. Now I’m going to listen to some Aretha to celebrate!
The Pulitzer Prize committee calls Reid’s “p r i s m” a “bold new operatic work that uses sophisticated vocal writing and striking instrumental timbres to confront difficult subject matter: the effects of sexual and emotional abuse.”
The prize is shared with librettist Roxie Perkins.
“Composing p r i s m was a challenging, rewarding and deeply personal experience, and I hope this opera will help shed light on the experience of surviving sexual assault,” Reid wrote on Instagram. “While Roxie and I did not plan for the timeliness of the subject matter, I am so grateful that it has resonated with audiences.”
In a nod to the special citation posthumously awarded to singer Aretha Franklin, Reid added, “Now I’m going to listen to some Aretha to celebrate!”
Reid, who lives in Los Angeles and New York, will start a three-year appointment as Creative Advisor and Composer-in-Residence for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra this fall. Current Creative Adviser Andrew Norman was a finalist for the same prize for a second time.
For their reporting on George Tyndall, the former USC gynecologist accused of sexually abusing his female patients during his decades-long tenure, the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting was awarded to Matt Hamilton, Harriet Ryan and Paul Pringle of the Los Angeles Times. The Pulitzer board called the coverage “consequential reporting on a University of Southern California gynecologist accused of violating hundreds of young women for more than a quarter-century.”