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Me2/Orchestra Spring Concert
Wesley Ray Thomas, baritone
Ronald Braunstein, conductor
Saturday, June 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Recital Hall, University of Vermont (Redstone Campus, Burlington)
Free Admission; donations accepted
The orchestra will perform works by Beethoven, Mozart, Mitch Leigh, and more. Our featured soloist is baritone Wesley Ray Thomas from Boston. Thomas received his education at the Boston Conservatory and has earned the nickname “The Opera Guy” because he is often seen busking on the streets of Boston. A reception follows the performance in the lobby. Our guest speaker, Jeff Rothenberg, is the CEO of the Green Mountain Psychiatric Hospital and he will share a few words about the anticipated opening of the new hospital in Berlin, Vermont.
This experience will be modeled after the much-loved chamber music camp held by local cellist Melissa Brown at her home for many years. The camp is designed for amateur players. Pre-formed ensembles are welcomed. The cost for the camp is $125, with financial aid available to those who express need. Musicians do not need to be members of Me2/Orchestra in order to participate. To register, please contact Caroline by email (Me2orchestra@gmail.com) or phone (802-238-8369) no later than April 30. Payment is due by May 15.
Pavel Haas Study for String Orchestra
Gideon Klein Partita
Antonin Dvorak Nocturne in B major, op. 40
Robert Stern Voices of Terezine
Wendy Hoffman, mezzo soprano
This program was also presented on Sunday, February 16 at 3:00 p.m. at the Mahaney Center for the Arts at Middlebury College.
Me2/Orchestra performance at First Night Burlington on New Year’s Eve!
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.
First Baptist Church, Burlington
Me2/Orchestra and conductor Ronald Braunstein brought the spirit of Vienna to First Night Burlington with a program featuring favorites including “The Blue Danube Waltz” and “Radetsky March.” Me2/Orchestra members also shared tips on maintaining good mental health in the New Year.
Me2/orchestra performance at the Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Facility
Thursday, December 12
*private performance: not open to the public
Me2/ is committed to performing for people who are incarcerated and/or in treatment centers. This was our first performance at Woodside. See our blog page for more information and reflections on our performances in correctional facilities.
“La Voce del Violoncello” – CD Release Concert
Elinor Frey, Baroque cello
Wednesday, August 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Saint Paul’s Cathedral, Burlington
We were proud to present Me2/strings’ principal cellist Elinor Frey in this event celebrating the release of her new CD, “La Voce del Violoncello.” Elinor performed selections from the recording, spoke about the origins of the music, and shared her passion for this gorgeous instrument. To find out more about Elinor, visit her website: www.ElinorFrey.com.
“Side-by-Side for Mental Health”
Sunday, June 16 at 3:00 p.m.
Contois Auditorium, Burlington City Hall
Admission free; donations encouraged
This community event featured a performance by Me2/orchestra, joined side-by-side by members of Me2/strings, and information tables hosted by various advocacy and mental health organizations. The first half of the program featured the premiere of Symphony No. 1 by David Hamlin of Braintree, Vermont. The second half of the program featured the premiere of music by Fred Paroutaud, a successful composer for TV and films who died from suicide last year shortly after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder. His wife, Susan, joined us in Burlington to tell Fred’s story and share stigma-erasing messages.
Sponsored by a generous grant from the National Life Group Foundation.
“Music in the Prisons” concert
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Performance at the Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield, VT
This concert came on the heels of a successful tour of eight Vermont State correctional facilities last fall by the Me2/ cello trio. This was our first full orchestra performance in a prison. Read more about this performance on the Me2/ blog.