Please join us for A FREE screening made possible by Massachusetts Humanities Council & Mass Cultural Council.
ORCHESTRATING CHANGE is the new feature documentary that tells the story of Me2/Orchestra, the world’s only orchestra in the world created by and for people living with mental illness and those who support them. Once Music Director, Ronald Braunstein’s diagnosis of bipolar disorder was made public, his acclaimed international conducting career came to an end. He dreamed of creating an orchestra for people “like me.” Me2/Orchestra, Inc., based in Boston, is the realization of that dream. The mission of the orchestra is to erase stigma one exhilarating performance at a time. While preparing for a major concert, these extraordinary musicians reveal what it is like to live with a mental illness - the joys and the devastating setbacks - and how the orchestra is changing their lives in ways they never imagined.
Powerful and inspiring, ORCHESTRATING CHANGE celebrates the abilities in all of us.
STAY FOR THE DISCUSSION: MEET THE FILMMAKERS, THE ME2/ORCHESTRA MAESTRO & ONE OR MORE OF THE ME2/BOSTON MUSICIANS
The 90-minute film will be followed by a panel discussion and audience Q & A with the filmmakers, Margie Friedman and Barbara Multer-Wellin, Maestro Ronald Braunstein, Me2/Music Director, Caroline Whiddon, Me2/Executive Director, and one or more of the Me2/Boston musicians.
JOINING THE PANEL DISCUSSION: Aubrey D. Threlkeld, Director of Graduate Education and Fellowship Programs, Assistant Professor of Education, Endicott College. Professor Threlkeld has published, taught and lectured extensively on Disability and Cultural Studies, Gender and Sexuality and Special Education including at Harvard, Tufts and Pace Universities. He received his Ed.D in Human Development from Harvard University.