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January 29, 2014 at 4:45 PM

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Seattle Symphony musicians perform for prison inmates


BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Composer and pianist Amy Rubin leads a musical workshop in the religious activity center at the Washington State Reformatory Unit of Monroe Correctional Complex on Monday, January 27, 2014. The workshop was followed by a classical chamber music concert by musicians from the Seattle Symphony. The program was arranged by the Washington State Library and the the Seattle Symphony's Community Connections program, and built upon a smaller version of a music writing workshop Rubin had brought to the prison in the past.

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Steve Bryant, a Seattle Symphony violinist, leads the chamber music quartet, which performs without a conductor, during practice before the concert for offenders at Washington State Reformatory.

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Steven Leyda and Ryan Van Duisen, right, get up to sing like ticking clocks during the music workshop.

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Offenders in the audience listen as Amy Rubin plays a variety of musical styles to show how stylistic choices like rhythm and timbre can completely change a familiar tune like "Happy Birthday".

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Composer and pianist Amy Rubin leads the offenders to sing in a round during a musical workshop in the religious activity center at the Washington State Reformatory Unit of Monroe Correctional Complex on Monday, January 27, 2014. The workshop was followed by a classical chamber music concert by musicians from the Seattle Symphony. The program was arranged by the Washington State Library and the the Seattle Symphony's Community Connections program, and built upon a smaller version of a music writing workshop Rubin had brought to the prison in the past.

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Jordan Silveira listens to the concert, like many, with eyes closed.

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Musicians from left, Steve Bryant, Evan Anderson, Roberta Hansen, and Scott Ligocki, take a bow with a standing ovation at the end of the concert. Clarinetist Laura DeLuca is seated in the front row, but performed most of the show.

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Offenders cheer at the end of the performance after saying thank you to the performers for bringing the concert and workshop to the prison.

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