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At Lansing Prison, Kansas City Symphony Finds Inmates Relate To Mozart

This story was rebroadcast as part of our best-of 2015 series. It was originally reported in May 2015.    

Musicians in the Kansas City Symphony play a lot of places out in the community, but earlier this week they found themselves in one place they’d never been: Lansing Correctional Facility. For the first time, they played a concert for inmates.

Michael Gordon, the Symphony’s principal flute player, served as the evening's emcee. Joining him for an hour of chamber music were Tamamo Someya Gibbs and Mary Garcia Grant (violin), Jessica Nance (viola), Alexander East (cello), and John Klinghammer (clarinet). They were accompanied by several other representatives of the Symphony as well as supporter Tom Smeed, who volunteers at Lansing and arranged the concert.

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