Community Concerts – Prison Concerts




“Breathtaking, relaxing and very uplifting. I felt at peace.”
– Inmate and audience member at the Monroe Correctional Complex

The Seattle Symphony’s Prison Concerts bring hope and healing to inmates of local prisons through live music. This project started in 2011 with Seattle Symphony violinist Stephen Bryant and his wife Sue Jane playing string duets for a group of men at the Monroe Correctional Complex. Since then small ensembles of Seattle Symphony musicians have returned for annual visits to Monroe and have also visited the Washington Correctional Center for Women in Gig Harbor.


In the News


KNKX: Musicians provide peace, hope to Monroe inmates

KOMO News: ‘They need this’: Seattle Symphony visits prison in Monroe

The Seattle Times: Seattle Symphony strings and the women’s prison

The Seattle Times: Seattle Symphony musicians perform for prison inmates

Washington State Department of Corrections: Inmates fine peace through symphony music

Community Concerts

Prison Concerts Events

Prison Concerts Calendar

Merriman Young Composers Workshop Concert

Monday, 6 May, 2019 7:00PM

Join us for the culminating concert of the 2019 Young Composers Workshop led by Composer in Residence Derek Bermel. Seattle Symphony musicians will perform 12 world premieres of chamber works written by the composers in this year’s workshop. Don't miss these new and innovative works by local young composers!

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Simple Gifts Community Concert

Saturday, 11 May, 2019 7:00PM

Experience the world premiere of a new work composed by veterans at Compass Housing Alliance in collaboration with composer-in-residence Derek Bermel. This program, curated by veterans, will celebrate those that have served and currently serving in the military and shed some light into their experiences in the service and their return to civilian life.

Admission is free, RSVP encouraged.

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Lullaby Project Celebration Concert

Sunday, 12 May, 2019 11:00AM

Join us for a joyful celebration of lullabies this Mother’s Day! This moving event will feature songs created by parents at Mary’s Place and performed by Seattle Symphony musicians. Now in its sixth season, the Lullaby Project is a featured program of our Simple Gifts initiative.

Admission is free with ticket.

The Lullaby Project is a national program of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute.

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