It’s almost here! On May 5th 2019, Mary is honored that the amazing Phoenix and soprano Margot Rood will be premiering her new work “Senses of Sumer” during the Pindrop Sessions season finale; in partnership with Aeronaut Brewing Company, WGBH, WCRB, and Tasting Counter! The concert will feature an exciting program including Samuel Barber’s classic musical setting of James Agee’s “Knoxville: Summer of 1915”, a new musical setting of Agee’s text Mary has composed entitled “Senses of Summer” (with synesthetic elements worked into the score based on Agee’s descriptions), and more. For this concert, Pindrop has also teamed up for a special collaboration with the amazing Tasting Counter of Somerville, who will be creating an exquisite three-course tasting menu inspired by the synesthetic elements present in “Senses of Summer”!
More details on this show, including information for purchasing tickets, can be found below:
05/05/19: PINDROP SESSIONS PRESENTS “THE SENSES OF SUMMER”
When: Sunday, May 5th @ 7:00PM
Where: Aeronaut Brewing Company (14 Tyler Street, Somerville MA)
Tickets: $20-$55 — *GET TICKETS HERE* [21+]
Performers: Phoenix, Margot Rood
Thanks one and all, and looking forward to seeing everyone in May! <3
(Post-show selfie! Photo credit: Dominick Douglas)
What a magical night! <3 THANK YOU to all of the amazing musicians, scientists, artists, organizations, and audience members who made last evening's "Synesthesia Suite" concert series such an incredible experience! Huge and heartfelt thank you's to the Boston Museum of Science team (James Wetzel, Lisa Monrose, Jason Fletcher, Dani LeBlanc, Darryl Davis, Wade Sylvester, Annette Sawyer, and Claire Campbell); the MIT team (Frank Wilczeck, Siranush Babakhanova, Thomas Sanchez Lengeling, Brodi Elwood, Alexandra Rieger, Stephanie Brandt, and Terry Kang); The Council for the Arts at MIT; MIT Media Lab; MIT's ACT Facilities, the Arizona State University team (Nathan Newman, Justin Pye, and Brent Smith); Scihub; Planetary Quartet (Sonia Deng, Anna Stromer, Dominick Douglas, and Timothy Paek); our awesome soundperson Joel Simches; our wonderful photographer Jonathan Beckley; our amazing musical assistant Brianna Lueders; our hair/make-up artist extraordinaire Maya Landi; and everyone who joined us in the audience for these concerts -- thank you for sharing your time, talents, and kindness in order to make this dream project a reality!
Many thanks to one and all, and looking forward to the future phases of this exciting collaboration! <3 Cheers and can't wait to share more with everyone (very) soon! <3
Mary is honored to announce that she is now fiscally sponsored by the wonderful Fractured Atlas! Fractured Atlas is a national arts organization that “empowers artists, arts organizations, and other cultural sector stakeholders by eliminating practical barriers to artistic expression, so as to foster a more agile and resilient cultural ecosystem.”
Here is a link to Mary’s Fractured Atlas page, where if interested you can make a donation to her work that will go directly to the creation of new music (including the continuation of Mary’s forthcoming opera, The Memoirs of Antonina ):
And, thanks to the kindness of Fractured Atlas, any donation made to Mary’s work through this platform is completely tax deductible, to the extent that is permitted by law in your home state or country.
Thank you so much to Fractured Atlas for this wonderful partnership, and to all who support independent music and the arts!
( Artwork and logo by: Chess Albaneze )
Happy Birthday to Marie Antoinette, and Happy #OperaWeek to one and all! In honor of both, the videos from Mary’s The Memoirs of Antonina opera preview concert have just premiered on her Youtube page! You can find a playlist featuring all eight songs from the concert right here:
And here are the links to each individual video:
Mary will also be highlighting excepts from the concert on her Instagram account throughout the month of November.
THANK YOU to all of the amazing artists who brought these new songs to life!: Helen Zhibing Huang (Marie Antoinette), Emily Thorner (Antonina), Neal Ferreira (Louis XVI), Junhan Choi (Jacques Hébert), Tim Ribchester (Music Director), Emma Terrell (Assistant Music Director), Porcelain Dalya (Assistant Stage Director/Actor), and Jesse Strachman, Michela Micalizio, and Ryan Huemmer (Actors)! And huge and heartful thanks to the awesome Allthingsharmony / Brandon Johnson for crafting these beautiful videos!
For more information on The Memoirs of Antonina, you can visit the opera’s mini-site right here:
Thank you to one and all — and Joyeux Anniversaire, Marie Antoinette! <3
( Photo credit: Allthingsharmony/Brandon Johnson )
Exciting news: the videos from Mary’s Memoirs of Antonina opera preview concert (crafted BEAUTIFULLY by the awesome Brandon Johnson of All Things Harmony) are almost here! The videos will be released via Mary’s YouTube account on Friday, November 2nd (Marie Antoinette’s birthday), BUT, for subscribers to Mary’s mailing list, a secret early link to the videos will be sent to all subscribers on Friday, Oct 19th — two weeks before the are released to the general public!
To sign up for Mary’s mailing list to obtain the early release of the videos, simply visit the following link:
And to learn more about this new opera inspired by Marie Antoinette of France, you can visit the MOA mini-site right here!:
THANK YOU to the amazing performers that made this concert such a dream (Helen Zhibing Huang – Marie Antoinette, Emily Thorner – Antonina, Neal Ferreira – Louis XVI, Junhan Choi – Jacques Hébert, Tim Ribchester – Music Director, Emma Terrell – Assistant Music Director, Porcelain Dalya – Assistant Stage Director/Actor, and Jesse Strachman, Michela Micalizio, and Ryan Huemmer – Actors), and looking forward to sharing these new videos with everyone shortly!
THANK YOU to all who attended the “The Memoirs of Antonina” preview concert at Cambridge’s Central Square Theater Sept 2nd! It was an honor to have these new works premiered by such a phenomenal cast of talented musicians, and to share it with such an incredible audience. Here is an Instagram post with more info on the show!:
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Green room selfie with the entire cast of last eve's "The Memoirs of Antonina" preview concert, just before taking the stage! 🎶💕👑🎀🎹🎭✨ It was an honor to premiere these new works with such a talented group of artists. THANK YOU the amazing performers who brought these new recits and arias to life — Helen Zhibing Huang (Marie Antoinette), Emily Thorner (Antonina), Neal Ferreira (Louis XVI), Junhan Choi (Jacques Hébert) and Tim Ribchester (music director) and Emma Terrell (assistant music director); and our wonderful actors (Porcelain Dalya, Michela Micalizio, Ryan Huemmer, and Jesse Strachman). Huge and heartfelt thanks also to Lee Mikeska Gardner and Central Square Theater for giving us the opportunity to premiere these works in such a beautiful space, to Porcelain Dalya and her production assistant magic for making everything run like a dream onstage and off, and to the AWESOME audience who joined us for this sold-out show! 💕💕 I am so very grateful, and can't wait to continue working on the remaining songs and orchestration of the opera while in residence at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation later this month. Merci beaucoup (and hugs!!) to one and all! 💕🎶✨ #thememoirsofantonina #memoirsofantonina #opera #newopera #operaselfie #operalife #operaconcert #backstage #marieantoinette #louisxvi #jacqueshebert #antonina #newmusic #worldpremiere #soprano #lyricsoprano #coloraturasoprano #coloratura #tenor #baritone #aria #recitative #rococo #centralsquaretheater #helenewurlitzerfoundation #concert #mercibeaucoup #thankyou
Later this month, Mary will be traveling to New Mexico for a three-month composer residency at the prestigious Helene Wurlizter Foundation in order to continue working on the opera’s composition and orchestration. Video from this concert will also be made available soon!
Thanks so much again to Central Square Theater and Nora Theater Company, our wonderful cast, and everyone who joined us for this performance. Wishing everyone a beautiful autumn and looking forward to sharing more updates on “The Memoirs of Antonina”!
( Logo artwork by: Chess Albaneze)
The Memoirs of Antonina is a new/in-progress three-act opera by composer Mary Bichner, inspired by Marie Antoinette of France. Taking its name from a slanderous 18th-century tract about the queen’s rumored exploits and indiscretions, The Memoirs of Antonina focuses on the final years of Marie Antoinette’s life, and pits two versions of the queen (performed by two different singers) against one another: the imagined breezy libertine derided by revolutionary pamphleteers, and the distraught historical figure determined to reclaim her kingdom and her reputation. The opera also sets the stylistic conventions of opera buffa (Antonina) against those of opera seria (Antoinette), resulting in a work that explores both the exasperatingly comic — and profoundly tragic — elements of Marie Antoinette’s story.
This autumn, Mary will be headed to a composer residency at the prestigious Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico in order to continue working on the opera, but before she goes, she is excited to announce a very special Memoirs of Antonina preview concert in partnership with The Nora Theatre Company and Central Square Theater! The performance will take place on Sunday, September 2nd @ 7:00PM at the beautiful Central Square Theater of Cambridge, MA; and will feature the world premiere of five arias and three recitatives from the new opera. Starring Helen Zhibing Huang as Marie Antoinette, Emily Thorner as Antonina, Neal Ferreira as Louis XVI, and Junhan Choi as Jacques Hébert, with music direction by Berlin-based conductor and vocal coach Tim Ribchester.
Tickets are available via this link, thanks to the generosity of The Nora and CST, all tickets will be free!
And here is complete info on the show!:
09/02/18: “THE MEMOIRS OF ANTONINA” OPREA PREVIEW CONCERT
When: Sunday, Sepetember 2nd @ 7:00PM (doors @ 6:30PM)
Where: Central Square Theater (450 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge MA 02139)
Tickets: FREE (ticket required) — *GET TICKETS HERE*
Performers: Helen Zhibing Huang (Marie Antoinette), Emily Thorner (Antonina), Neal Ferreira (Louis XVI), Junhan Choi (Jacques Hébert), Tim Ribchester (music director).
Wishing everyone a magical August, and see you at the opera! <3
Greetings all! A brand new Kickstarter for “Agents of the Realm“, the EXTRA AWESOME magical girl graphic novel series by illustrator and author Mildred Louis, is now online! This campaign will fund the printing of the long-awaited “Agents of the Realm” Volume 2 softcover book, as well as a reprint of the now-sold out “Agents of the Realm” Volume I softcover. Mary, who is a diehard AotR fan, was VERY excited to get to compose the music for this Kickstarter’s pitch video, which you can watch at the link above!
For more information on this fantastic Kickstarter and its rewards, check out the official page right here:
And to learn more about “Agents of the Realm”, and the exquisite art of Mildred Louis, here are the links!:
Cheers all and wishing everyone a magical summer! <3
Mary is excited to announce that celebrated woodwind quintet Vento Chiaro will perform “King’s Chapel”, one of the two new compositions VC commissioned from Mary as part of The Boston Project, during their faculty recital at Boston University Tanglewood Institute on July 11th 2018. This free concert will take place in the beautiful Trinity Episcopal Church of Lenox MA, and will also feature works by Bernstein, D’Rivera, and Maslanka. Here are all of the details!:
07/11/18: VENTO CHIARO’S BOSTON UNIVERSITY TANGLEWOOD INSTITUTE FACULTY RECITAL
When: Wednesday, July 11th @ 7:00PM
Where: Trinity Episcopal Church (88 Walker St., Lenox MA 01240)
Tickets: Free admission (no ticket required)
Performers: Ona Jonaityte (flute), Elizabeth England (oboe), Chi-Ju Juliet Lai (clarinet), Anne Howarth (french horn), Sam Childers (bassoon)
For more information, please visit Vento Chiaro’s wonderful website right here!:
Thank you so much to the wonderful Chess Albaneze for creating and illustrating this beautiful new logo for Mary’s forthcoming opera, “The Memoirs of Antonina”! The logo has been added to the official MoA page, right here:
And here is a bit about the opera!:
“The Memoirs of Antonina” is a new/in-progress three-act opera by composer Mary Bichner, inspired by Marie Antoinette of France. Taking its name from a slanderous 18th-century tract about the queen’s rumored exploits and indiscretions, “The Memoirs of Antonina” focuses on the final years of Marie Antoinette’s life, and pits two versions of the queen (performed by two different singers) against one another: the imagined breezy libertine derided by revolutionary pamphleteers, and the distraught historical figure determined to reclaim her kingdom and her reputation. The opera also sets the stylistic conventions of opera buffa (Antonina) against those of opera seria (Antoinette), resulting in a work that explores both the exasperatingly comic — and profoundly tragic — elements of Marie Antoinette’s story.
More MoA updates will be announced over the summer, including info on a preview concert for the opera coming in September 2018 to Boston, MA — please check back soon! <3