Calendar of Events

[Note: for a full schedule of Me2/Orchestra rehearsals, please click on the Me2/Orchestra tab and scroll down.]

Upcoming Events:

Alan Chiang1 Piano Recital by Alan Chiang, to benefit Me2/Orchestra
Tuesday, July 29 at
7:30 p.m.
McCarthy Arts Center, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester
Free Admission; donations benefit Me2/

Sixteen-year old pianist Alan Chiang will perform the Piano Sonata in E minor by Haydn, Papillons by Schumann, and Mephisto Waltz by Liszt, as well as other selections. Alan is a rising junior at South Burlington High School and his primary piano teacher is Dr. Paul Orgel. He was Vermont’s 2013 MTNA Piano Competition state round winner, and a Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts Piano Concerto Competition finalist. He has attended and performed at many international summer music festivals, including Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, and the Walnut Hill Music Festival, and has been featured for several years in Young Artists concerts at Saint Paul’s Cathedral in Burlington.

Alan’s performances can be seen on his YouTube channel: ABCVermonter. Join us on July 29 to hear him play live!  We are honored that this fabulous young musician has chosen to present this recital to benefit our programs.

 

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Recent Performances:

Wesley Ray Thomas

Wesley Ray Thomas

 

Me2/Orchestra Spring Concert
Wesley Ray Thomas, baritone
Ronald Braunstein, conductor
Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Recital Hall, University of Vermont (Redstone Campus, Burlington)
Free Admission; donations accepted

This program included works by Handel, Mozart, Mitch Leigh, and more. Our featured soloist was 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 followed the performance in the lobby. Our guest speaker was Jeff Rothenberg, the CEO of the Green Mountain Psychiatric Hospital, and he shared a few words about the anticipated opening of the new hospital in Berlin, Vermont.

This performance was made possible with support from the Vermont Department of Mental Health.

 

Me2/orchestra performance at the Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Facility
Thursday, June 12, 2014 in the evening
*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 second performance at Woodside. We were pleased to have soloist Wesley Ray Thomas (pictured above) join us for this special concert. See our blog page for more information and reflections on our performances in correctional facilities.

 

Me2/StringsRBinAction
Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

Recital Hall, University of Vermont, Burlington

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.

 

“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. logo

 

“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.