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Orchestrating Change 2021


Distributed by Bullfrog Films, PO Box 149, Oley, PA 19547; 800-543-FROG (3764)
Produced by Margie Friedman and Barbara Multer-Wellin
Directed by Margie Friedman and Barbara Multer-Wellin
Streaming, 85 mins

Middle School - General Adult
Music; Psychology

Date Entered: 04/12/2021

Reviewed by Barb Kundanis, Longmont Public Library, Longmont, CO

This documentary begins with the story of Ronald Braunstein, a Julliard trained, award winning conductor who was unable to continue his professional career due to bipolar disorder. Later in his life he is able to create the Me2/orchestra, a classical music organization for people with psychiatric disorders. Along with his partner Caroline and other various performers, we hear about how the orchestra helps in coping and dealing with everyday life. The orchestra provides perspectives and makes "burdens easier to bear." Besides Me2/orchestra in Vermont, there is also a Boston branch orchestra. The film shows the mutual support in the orchestras and closes with a joint concert. The audience will enjoy getting to know these musicians and hopefully overcome the stigma of mental illness. Some animation accents descriptions of episodes. Great for all ages and especially orchestra programs.

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