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Photo Credit: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Coffee Creek Correctional Facility inmates (from L) Patricia Phillips, Niela Shamsid-deen, Patricia Butterfield, Christina Skallerude, Lakhana Ingram and Amy Tyson sing along to Christmas tunes performed by an Oregon Symphony quintet Dec. 9.On Dec. 9 the Oregon Symphony’s Holiday Brass Quintet travelled to the Coffee Creek Correction Facility in Wilsonville for a special concert of holiday favorites for the inmates there.


Performing were Jeffrey Work and Dave Bamonte on trumpets; Joseph Berger, horn; Dan Cloutier, trombone; and JáTik Clark, tuba. Special guest Bill Schonely, NBA and Portland Trail Blazer broadcasting legend, also joined the group as special host for the evening, introducing the program and even shared his well-known voice in a classic rendition of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

“We believe that music is important in everyone’s life,” Oregon Symphony President and CEO Scott Showalter said. “That’s why we’re committed to sharing music with as wide an audience as possible in and beyond our concert hall. This concert is yet another example of that commitment. We look forward to many more in the future.”

This is the first time a classical concert has been presented at Coffee Creek, said PIO Vicki Reynolds.

Coffee Creek Correctional Facility is a multi-custody facility in Wilsonville that houses more than 1,200 women. It is Oregon’s only women’s prison.


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Photo Credit: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - A collection of trumpets used by Oregon Symphony musicians sits at the feet of the band Dec. 9 during a special holiday concert at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville.

Photo Credit: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Oregon Symphony President Scott Showalter talks with Coffee Creek Correctional Facility inmates during a Dec. 9 holiday concert featuring a Symphony brass quintet.

Photo Credit: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Former Portland Trailblazers radio announcer and current team ambassador Bill Schonely talks with a Coffee Creek inmate Dec. 9 following a special Oregon Symphony concert.

Photo Credit: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Coffee Creek inmates Korena Roberts and Amanda Stott-Smith enjoy a Dec. 9 holiday concert performed by a quintet from the Oregon Symphony.

Photo Credit: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Coffee Creek Correctional Facility inmates packed the prison's chapel Dec. 9 for a special holiday concert by an Oregon Symphony quintet.

Photo Credit: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Oregon Symphony percussionist Sergio Carrena (left) chats with a Coffee Creek Correctional Facility inmate at a special holiday concert.

Photo Credit: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Coffee Creek Correctional Facility inmate Tamara Upton takes photos of a Dec. 9 holiday concert put on by a quintet from the Oregon Symphony.

Photo Credit: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Former Portland Trailblazers radio man Bill Schonely (right) listens intently during a Dec. 9 holiday concert by an Oregon Symphony quintet that included tuba player JáTik Clark (left).

Photo Credit: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Oregon Symphony trumpet player Jeff Work takes a solo during a Dec. 9 holiday concert at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville.

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Photo Credit: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Coffee Creek Correctional Facility inmates Neva Honeycutt (L) and Lisa Sundquist sing along to Christmas tunes performed by an Oregon Symphony quintet Dec. 9.

Photo Credit: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Coffee Creek Correctional Facility inmates sing along to Christmas tunes performed by an Oregon Symphony quintet Dec. 9.

Photo Credit: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Coffee Creek is home to a puppy training program – the dogs go everywhere with the inmates they are assigned to live and train with – even the Dec. 9 Christmas concert performed by an Oregon Symphony quintet.

Photo Credit: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Oregon Symphony President Scott Showalter talks with Coffee Creek Correctional Facility inmates during a Dec. 9 holiday concert featuring a Symphony quintet.

Photo Credit: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Coffee Creek Correctional Facility inmates (L-R front row) Amanda Stott-Smith, Pam Rowely- Butcher, Tara Davies, Joana Underhill and Niela Shamsid-deen sing along to Christmas tunes performed by an Oregon Symphony quintet Dec. 9.

Photo Credit: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Oregon Symphony percussionist Sergio Carrena (left) explains his gear to the audience Dec. 9 at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility during a special holiday concert for inmates at Oregon's only women's prison.

Photo Credit: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Former Portland Trailblazers radio announcer and current team ambassador Bill Schonely (right) narrated ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Dec. 9 at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility along with a quintet from the Oregon Symphony, including lead trumpet player Jeff Work (background).

Photo Credit: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Oregon Symphony percussionist Sergio Carrena performs Dec. 9 at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility during a special holiday concert for inmates.

Photo Credit: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Coffee Creek Correctional Facility inmates Ashley Adams and Whitney Engstrom sing along to Christmas tunes performed by an Oregon Symphony quintet Dec. 9.

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