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Mentally ill and their backers fill Vt. orchestra

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By DAVE GRAM
Associated Press

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The entertainment for Burlington's First Night celebration on New Year's Eve will include an orchestra designed to be a musical home for people with mental illness and their supporters.

The Me2/orchestra is the brainchild of the former conductor and the general manager of the Vermont Youth Orchestra.

Former conductor Ronald Braunstein has lived with bipolar disorder for most of his 58 years. Former general manager Caroline Whiddon has struggled with anxiety and depression.

The orchestra bills itself as "the world's only classical music organization for individuals with mental illness and the people who support them."

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