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October 17, 2010

Bach—and Social Justice—Make a Sweet Duet for One Charity Leader

Courtesy of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Sebastian Ruth’s Community MusicWorks brings classical-music education to Providence, R.I.’s inner city. “We are not missionaries or saviors,” says Mr. Ruth (above). “We are servants of a community.” Below, the group’s Fellows Quartet shows off its skills.

Sebastian Ruth loves the music of Brahms and Bach, and he has always wanted to help poor children rise above their circumstances. One day, gripped by a determination to combine these two passions, he walked into a community center in Providence...

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