Composer Performs at State Penitentiary


Tickets for a classical music concert are available for a select few. 

A composer who has preformed all over the world — is taking time to perform only for the inmates of the state penitentiary.

Shelby Rose was there to capture the power of the music, and it’s impact.

Antwan Baker: “Music does touch you in a sense to help you, you know, release some of those tied-up emotions that’s inside. You know that I mean? It helps you to overcome some of those things. And listening to this type of music is soothing to the soul”

Eric Genuis: “I play in every kind of venue from concert halls, to inner city schools, to prisons.”

Eric Genuis: “The whole thrust of my work is that, I believe that music is really a beautiful language.”

Clinton Sauter: ‘When I read about it and stuff, you know, it was on the posters and stuff. I said, ‘I gotta come here.'”

Clinton Sauter: “There’s so much meaning and so much passion to it and emotion that goes into it. And that’s what was here today.”

Antwan Baker: “It kind of helped me to deal with some old emotions that I had that were still inside, you know? I kind of had to fight back the tears.”

Shelby Rose/KX News: “What kind of emotions?”

Antwan Baker: “Well, he told a story about his son passing away. I can relate to that. So, that song there kind of touched me to the point where I felt the same emotions welling up again. It kind of gave me a sense of calmness, a sense of dealing with it.”

Clinton Sauter: “What I learned here today, to do more forgiving, not be so hard. Because I haven’t for so long. You know, we keep inside. It’s forgiving, it’s the feelings, I’m going to let myself open up more.”

Antwan Baker: “I intend on listening to more of it. it’s calming, soothing music. You know, hip hop, you listen to it a lot and it’s rah rah music, you know. And this is more soothing, more calming.”

Eric Genuis: “I have a policy, I’ll never say no and that policy will stick until I can’t play anymore. As long as I have air in my lungs, I’m going to share it with the forgotten.”

The state pen was able to host this concert through Genuis’s non-profit “Concerts for Hope”.

You can listen to his original work tomorrow night.

He’s having a free-will donation concert at Trinity Lutheran in Bismarck. It starts at 7pm.

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