Prison Residency Project
In May, 2016, the Soleras were invited by Project Music Heals Us to perform a concert in a Connecticut prison. The experience left us forever changed as artists and people, igniting a passion within us to bring live, interactive, chamber music concerts to incarcerated men and women across the country.
This "Musical Immersion" Prison Outreach Residency will span five days. On the first day, the quartet will present an interactive concert entitled "The Life of Beethoven" for Corrigan-Radgowski's general population, which will feature his famous “Serioso” quartet, and begin to explore the challenges and triumphs of Beethoven’s life in music. During and after the concert, audience members are invited to join in dialogue with the quartet about their reactions and feelings about the music. On days Two through Four, the Solera Quartet will lead 35 workshop participants in a) exploration of Beethoven’s philosophy, history, and lasting impression on the world of music, b) the creation of new musical works in collaboration with the Quartet, and c) intensive exploration of the “Serioso” string quartet in particular: inventing, collaborating, and jamming on themes and motives of the piece. Finally on Day Five, the Solera Quartet will present a second concert for the general population, as well as selections from the men’s creative work over the course of the week.