Expressions of Hope, Recovery, and Resilience Were Seen and Heard

October 27, 2016

Patients and their families, staff, and other members of the McLean community enjoyed original artwork and beautiful music at last week’s Expressions of Hope, Recovery, and Resilience Concert and Art Exhibit, sponsored by McLean’s Patient and Family Advisory Council. The celebration featured music by Me2/Orchestra, the world’s only classical music organization created for individuals with behavioral health conditions and the people who support them, and new exhibits of original, inspiring artwork and photography from the McLean community.

“We are very thankful to everyone who contributed their art to improve the experience of walking through our tunnels and to the Me2/Orchestra for sharing their powerful music and stories with us.” said Linda M. Flaherty, RN, PMHCNS-BC, senior vice president of Patient Care Services. “The entire evening was wonderful.”

“We had a blast performing at McLean.” – Caroline Whiddon, Executive Director of Me2/Orchestra

Early in the evening, guests were given guided tours of the art exhibits, now on permanent display in the McLean tunnels.

The tours were followed by the concert, featuring Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 5, Rossini’s Overture to the Barber of Seville, Dvorak’s Slavonic Dance No. 6, and Bizet’s “Farandole” from L’Arlesienne Suite No. 2. In between performances, orchestra members shared their stories and fielded questions about their music.

The evening was especially rewarding for Megan, a local social worker. Also a trumpet player in the Me2/Orchestra, her “Never Give Up” photo is featured in the de Marneffe tunnel.

“It’s a photograph that I took while on the Robert Frost Trail in Amherst, Massachusetts,” she explained. “Someone had spray-painted ‘Never Give Up’ onto this wooden bridge, and you usually don’t see graffiti that’s so positive. It was such a beautiful fall day and a beautiful message that I thought I just had to take a picture of it.”

Upon learning that her photo had been selected to be displayed at McLean, Megan also learned about Me2/. She joined the group soon afterward, and the concert at McLean was her first with Me2/. “I’m really excited,” said Megan before she went up on stage. “I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity to play again with a group of people.”

“I’m glad that the Me2/ performers enjoyed performing for us, because we certainly enjoyed listening to them,” added Catharyn Gildesgame, MBA, vice president of Strategic Planning and Implementation. “They, along with the artists who contributed to the tunnel displays, inspire us with their messages and images of hope, recovery, and resilience.”

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