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Symphony Spreads Holiday Cheer

December 7, 2018

By Tim Kelly

DOC Communications

Tim Kelly, DOC Communications

Live music filled the gym at the Washington Corrections Center for Women in Gig Harbor in early December, thanks to the Seattle Symphony. The symphony’s Woodwind Quintet – which consists of a flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and French horn – traveled to the facility to play some holiday favorites and take part in a question and answer session with incarcerated individuals.

The quintet played holiday music for more than 45 minutes and included pieces from The Nutcracker and ended with the classic Sleigh Ride song. Community interaction, like having musicians visit facilities, helps the department in its mission to improve public safety through positive community interaction. The orchestra features 90 members, five of which performed at the facility.

In November, the Symphony’s string trio performed at Monroe Correctional Complex. Throughout the year, the symphony serves families, schools, and communities to broaden their audience.

“It’s a reminder to us about how special music is and the live music experience and really the power music has and how it brings us all together,” said Laura Reynolds, Seattle Symphony Vice President of Education and Community Engagement.