Last weekend Ronald Braunstein (ME2/orchestra Music Director) and I attended a recital at the University of Vermont. We arrived early and sat in the middle of a row by ourselves. Before we knew it, we were flanked by four members of ME2/orchestra — two on each side of us. I looked at Ronald and made a comment about how nice it was to be unexpectedly surrounded by members of the orchestra.
The following day we attended a cello master class, and the same thing happened! We sat down by ourselves and within minutes there were ME2/orchestra members sitting on our left side, right side, and directly behind us. We smiled at each other and Ronald said, “We’re surrounded again!” It was a fabulous feeling.
At the end of the master class, I was standing with one of the ME2/orchestra members when a mutual friend walked up. She asked this orchestra member, “What are you doing these days?” and he responded, “Well, I’m playing with ME2, and enjoying being a part of that community.”
I’m enjoying being a part of that community.
Those were the sweetest words I’ve heard in quite some time. That was when I realized that ME2 truly has formed a new community. Not only do we see each other at rehearsals on Wednesday nights, but we’re gathering at performances, coffeehouses, and seeing each other all over town. New friendships have formed throughout the orchestra.
Speaking for myself, whenever I see a member of ME2/orchestra I feel a type of comfort and reassurance that has previously been absent from my life. All of us, no matter what our daily struggles, need to know that we have friends out there. I’m grateful for the 30 new friends I have in ME2/orchestra. It’s a pleasure to be a part of this new community.