Calendar of Events

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

Upcoming Events:

Me2/Orchestra–Burlington: First rehearsal of the 2014-15 concert season!
Thursday, September 11 from 7:15 – 9:00 p.m.
South Burlington High School, Dorset Street
Please email Me2orchestra@gmail.com or call 802-238-8369 to sign up to participate this season. No audition, no fee.

 

Me2/ Chorus Workshop
Tuesdays, September 16 – October 14 from 7:00 – 8:45 p.m.
South Burlington High School, Dorset Street
This is Me2/’s first ever 5-week chorus workshop! Join us as we explore both popular and classical styles of choral music. Ages 13+ are encouraged to participate. No audition and no fee to join. Just email Me2orchestra@gmail.com or call 802-238-8369 to sign up today.

The Chorus Workshop is made possibly by a generous grant from the Ben & Jerry’s Community Action Team!

 

Me2/Orchestra–Boston: First rehearsal of the 2014-15 concert season!
Monday, September 22 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Hope Central Church, Jamaica Plain MA
Please email Me2orchestra@gmail.com or call 802-238-8369 to sign up to participate in the inaugural season of our new orchestra in Boston. No audition, no fee. Just let us know what instrument you play and that you plan to attend.

 

“Creating Harmony in our Lives”
14th Annual Mental Health Conference presented byScreen Shot 2014-09-12 at 4.26.31 PM
Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Minneapolis and St. Paul
Sunday, October 19
10 a.m. – 3:45 pm
FREE registration; musicians invited to participate in afternoon rehearsal & performance with Maestro Braunstein
Please get more information and register today by clicking HERE

 

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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.

 

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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.