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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.

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

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.

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

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

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

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”.