The world’s only classical music organization created for individuals with mental illnesses and the people who support them is coming to Concord on May 19.
Me2/ (me, too) rehearses weekly and performs before crowds at traditional concert venues, museums, recovery facilities, and correctional centers.
According to their website, Me2/ serves as a model organization where people with and without mental illnesses work together in an environment where acceptance is an expectation, patience is encouraged, and supporting each other is a priority.”
Me2/ began in Burlington, Vt., in 2011 and has since expanded in New England and beyond. Me2/Boston launched in 2014 and in October the ensemble played at the Bridgewater State Hospital in Massachusetts, a facility that houses more than 300 inmates who are a dealing with mental illness and are a danger to themselves or others.
The Me2/ model is expanding nationally, with an affiliate program in Portland, Ore., and interest is building in cities such as Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, and Atlanta.
The Me2/Orchestra from Boston will play on May 19 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Concord High School, 170 Warren St. Tickets are free but registration is requested. To register, visit riverbendcmhc.org.