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Top cellist goes to jail to launch new orchestra

Zuill Bailey is a big cellist with a fast-growing career. But this Saturday he’s going to jail.

And not to any comfortable open prison with colour TV and jacuzzis in every cell. It’s in Alaska, and it’s tough.

Saturday sees the opening concert of an inspirational orchestra founded by two murderers and a public-spirited schoolteacher. Zuill is taking part in the inaugural event. Read all about it here.

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  1. You forgot to mention this is a women’s prison.

    It’s the making a classic B film with the adonis, er, cellist, being subdued and kidnapped by the sex-starved women. Imagine what happens when he plays Saint-Saens!

    Maybe they could use this for a cover?

  2. Peter - a different one from the other Peter says:

    What a wonderful, and bizarre, story.
    Lucky the prison authorities did not remove the violin strings, as a safety measure. Garrotting.
    Some years ago I played a few string quartet concerts at reform centres, and the management did deliberate removing the cello spike and strings. This would have limited the repertoire somewhat.
    In the end, they agreed to count them in, and count them back, to confirm nothing had gone astray. No ” lost chord”.

  3. Stephen Carpenter says:

    It was interesting to read the comments at the bottom of the article, and to read these.
    I thought, in reading the article that this was a great and exciting thing. A demonstration of the absolute need for a human being to have contact with art.
    And then, to realize that for many outside a penal institution, there is no art and no need for it. It is a prison of a different sort in a community that does not see the need for arts and goes out of its way officially to see to it that no public funds or energies are spent toward that ends of building an arts experience.

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