Seattle Symphony at Monroe Correctional Complex

Photo by Brandon Patoc Photography

On November 3, 2014 musicians from the Seattle Symphony visited Monroe Correctional Complex in Monroe, WA. This is the Seattle Symphony’s fifth visit to the Monroe Correctional Complex in four years with more scheduled for 2015–2016. Performances at Washington State Prisons are part of the Seattle Symphony’s Community Connections program. 

When we listen to music, we transcend our own boundaries and are no longer defined by our environment but by the power of our own spirit and minds. This program reminds us that we are all human, regardless of circumstance. The Seattle Symphony is committed to serving all of humankind, as music is a powerful vehicle for empowerment and communication.

Selected inmate quotes:

- “I was taken from this place on a musical journey and for a few hours I was free.”
- “It sure doesn’t feel like prison – it’s a bit of heaven.”
- “It takes one away from despair and the constant dark and brings light.”
- “Thank you so much for being beauty to us.”

Special Thanks to:

Monroe Correctional Complex 
Fales Foundation
The Snoqualmie Tribe
U.S. Bank Foundation
Wells Fargo

Posted on February 2, 2015