MHANJ’s Virtual Evening of Excellence to Feature “Orchestrating Change,” A Must-See, Inspirational Film,

Mental Health Association in New Jersey Features
“Orchestrating Change,” An Award-Winning Film for
Virtual Evening of Excellence

 See How the Power of Music Changes Lives

Join the Mental Health Association in New Jersey (MHANJ) for an enlightening, two-part  virtual event with the world’s only orchestra dedicated to people w/mental illness!

The MHANJ’s 21st Annual Evening of Excellence will highlight “Orchestrating Change,” an award-winning documentary, featuring captivating individuals, beautiful music, and people who are living successfully with a diagnosis of mental illness. Inspiring audiences to celebrate the differences in all of us, this film helps to break the stigma of mental health disorders while embracing positivity and inclusivity.

1: View “Orchestrating Change” The MHANJ is pleased to present this special viewing, with an introduction by Carolyn Beauchamp, MHANJ’s President and CEO. Ticket holders will be provided with a link to view the film at their convenience from December 9 through 13.

Part 2: Live Online Panel Discussion  Ticket holders may join an online interactive panel discussion on December 14 at 6 p.m., featuring: Ronald Braunstein, Conductor, Caroline Whiddon, Executive Director, and a Musician from Me2/Orchestra; Margie Friedman and Barbara Multer-Wellin, Renowned Filmmakers; and Carolyn Beauchamp, Mental Health Association in New Jersey.

Tickets are available for $25 per viewer, $15 per student. To purchase a ticket please visit https://mhanjeoe.eventbrite.com

About “Orchestrating Change”

This documentary engages audience members in the story of the Me2/Orchestra, an orchestra whose members are people living with mental illness and people who support them. The mission of the Me2/Orchestra is to erase the stigmatization of people living with mental illness through the creation of beautiful music, community, compassion and understanding, one concert at a time.

The film highlights the true story of conductor, Ronald Braunstein, a Juilliard graduate, who, at the age of 24-years-old, became the first American to win the prestigious Herbert von Karajan Conducting Prize. Braunstein quickly became a success, conducting major orchestras around the world. However, his professional triumphs were often interrupted by intense mood swings and alternating periods of depression and mania. At age 30, as he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. As knowledge of his diagnosis became public, his once meteoric career plummeted. Ronald spent decades teaching when he was well but never really coming to terms with his diagnosis. Then, on the brink of destitution, he moved to Burlington, Vermont to take a job with a local orchestra. The film covers the story of the twists and turns that followed, including his marriage to a career orchestra executive director and the establishment of Me2/Orchestra, Inc.

Several orchestra members share, first hand, how the group has changed their lives.

About the Mental Health Association in New Jersey

Proceeds from 21st Annual Evening of Excellence will benefit the Mental Health Association in New Jersey, a statewide non-profit organization that strives for children and adults to achieve victory over mental health and substance use disorders through advocacy, education, training, and services. For more information, visit www.mhanj.org or call 800-367-8850.

The MHANJ extends thanks to Sponsors of its 21st Annual Evening of Excellence, including Investors Bank, Gold Level Sponsor; Delta Dental, Bronze Level Sponsor; and Trinitas Regional Medical Center, Copper Level Sponsor.