Orchestrating Change: A film about the world's only orchestra… | MAMH

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14 Nov 19

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 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 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 and Meet the Filmmakers, the Me2/Orchestra Maestro and 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: David Jones, M.D., PhD., Medical Historian and Ethicist, Harvard University. Trained as a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital. Dr. Jones currently teaches students at Harvard Medical School about mental health diseases and the lives of the people they affect, as part of a broader effort to improve understanding, mitigate stigma, and foster compassion. He also directs the Arts and Humanities Initiative which "aims to foster creativity and scholarship in the arts and medical humanities at Harvard Medical School and its affiliated hospitals, to support a community of faculty and students engaged and interested in the arts and humanities, and to enhance patient care through reflection and compassion."