Symphony Violinist Steve Bryant's Outreach Creates A Connection

Seattle Symphony violinist Steve Bryant and a group of symphony colleagues including Evan Anderson (violin), Roberta Downey, Eric Han (cello) and Steve's wife Sue Jane Bryant (viola) have been performing outreach concerts at Washington State correctional facilities for a while now. They've been generating a lot of interest with their outreach work, and their inclusive attitude that music is for everybody - even those who are inmates in the state's prison system.

A 2014 visit to Washington State Reformatory generated a Herald of Everett article and a YouTube video.

Musicians find captive but thankful audience at prison

Seattle Symphony Musicians perform at Washington State Reformatory

A January 2015 visit to Washington Corrections Center for Women generated two Seattle Times articles and an uplifting video.

A playful connection: Symphony strings visit inmates

Seattle Symphony strings and the women’s prison

Link to Seattle Times video

Steve's a great guy to have as a colleague, and the kind of guy who can't wait to share the gift of music with anyone who's got the time to listen and enjoy his and the symphony's playing. He's always the first to volunteer to talk to visiting groups of schoolchildren at our rehearsals or school concerts, he's done some very interesting and often humorous pre-concert lectures at Benaroya Hall, and in case you didn't think that was enough, he also leads a daredevil Grand Canyon String Quartet Tour every year. Quite a guy!

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