(Photo by: Jonathan Beckley)
Tickets for the 7:30pm of Mary’s synesthesia-inspired concert at the Charles Hayden Planetarium on Thursday, April 4th have sold out; so the Museum of Science Boston has added a second show at 9:00pm for the same date. Tickets for this new 9:00PM show can be purchased via the following link (because the 7:30pm sold out so quickly, it is anticipated that the 9:00pm show will sell out as well, so we highly recommend obtaining tickets in advance!):
Presented in partnership with Museum of Science Boston, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Arizona State University; this one-night-only immersive musical experience will feature live performances of Mary’s compositions paired with stunning visuals directly inspired by her polymodal synesthesia, allowing audience members to “hear” color and “see” sound just as Mary does when she listens to music. Most exciting of all, the visuals for this latest concert in the series will be presented in two exciting and innovative forms: a collection of dazzling 360-degree videos created by the Museum’s award-winning artistic team for the Planetarium’s fulldome, as well as an entirely new synesthesia-displaying LED-based technology (including interactive LED synesthesia costumes!) created by the renowned scientists of MIT Media Lab and ASU’s SciHub especially for this concert. Entitled the HyLighter, this new technology will be created under the direction of theoretical physicists Frank Wilczek (Nobel laureate and Herman Feshbach Professor of Physics) and Nathan Newman (Lamonte H. Lawrence Professor in Solid State Science).
And, as always, more information on this show can be found on the Performances page.
Thank you so much to one and all, and looking forward to April 4th!
(Recording session at WGBH Boston for “Mount Auburn: Spring and Autumn Suites”. Photo credit: Mount Auburn Cemetery )
Greetings all! A new “Projects” section has been added to the website, featuring information and media from Mary’s past and current composing projects including her Mount Auburn Cemetery composer residency, her Synesthesia Suite: Constellations collaboration with Boston’s Museum of Science, and her forthcoming opera The Memoirs of Antonina.
Additionally, a new series of new photos from Mary’s Mount Auburn Cemetery composer residency have just been released — you can view them on the Mount Auburn: Spring and Autumn Suites project page, and also right here!:
Thank you to all of the amazing organizations and artists that make these projects possible! <3 Cheers and wishing everyone a wonderful weekend! <3
( 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 by: Mount Auburn Cemetery)
Mary Bichner and Planetary Quartet are thrilled to return to Mount Auburn Cemetery to celebrate the restoration of Bigelow Chapel! This hour-long concert will feature a lively program, including Mary’s “Double Viola String Quartet in Eb” (which was inspired by Bigelow Chapel’s beautiful stained-glass windows — the very same newly-restored windows that will surround MBPQ as they perform!).The concert will take place on December 15th, 2018 at starting at 2:00PM; and after the hour-long concert, guests are invited to tour the Chapel.
Tickets to this all-ages event are free, though space is limited, so we highly recommend you reserve your tickets in advance right here!:
And here is complete info on the show!:
12/15/18: ROSE WINDOW CONCERT @ BIGELOW CHAPEL WITH MARY BICHNER AND PLANETARY QUARTET
When: Saturday, December 15th @ 2:00PM (doors at 1:30PM)
Where: Bigelow Chapel @ Mount Auburn Cemetery (580 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge MA)
Tickets: FREE (ticket required) — *GET TICKETS HERE*
Performers: Mary Bichner (vocals/piano), Sonia Deng (violin), Anna Stromer (viola I), Foxman McCarthy-James (viola II), Timothy Paek (cello)
Thank you so much to Mount Auburn Cemetery for inviting us to perform, and looking forward to the show! <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!
(Vento Chiaro. Photo Credit: Joe Wallace Photography)
Greetings, all! Mary will be taking a break from live performances while in residence at Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico from September through December 2018, but in the meantime, here are some performances featuring Mary’s music happening in the Boston area for autumn 2018!:
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09/30/2018: VENTO CHIARO’S FALL RECITAL @ WELLESLEY FREE LIBRARY
When: Sunday, September 30th @ 2:00PM
Where: Wellesley Free Library (530 Washington St., Wellesley MA 02482)
Tickets: FREE (all ages / no ticket required)
Details: Celebrated woodwind quintet Vento Chiaro presents their fall recital at the Wellesley Free Library! This performance will feature works by Chrétien, Fine, D’Rivera, Milhaud, and Bichner (2018’s “King’s Chapel”).
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10/10/2018-10/14/2018: “IMMERSIVE 360° FILM SCREENINGS – MUSEUM OF SCIENCE SHORTS” @ HUBWEEK FESTIVAL
When: Wednesday, October 10th through Sunday, October 14th @ 11:30AM (five screenings)
Where: Charles Hayden Planetarium @ the Musuem of Science (1 Science Park, Boston MA 02114)
Tickets: FREE (all ages / *registration required*)
Details: Part of the HUBweek Festival, this selection of immersive short films produced by the Museum of Science, Boston will be a 360° feast for the senses! Featuring a number of short films created by the Museum’s award-winning team, including two films set to the music of composer Mary Bichner (“Virgo” and “Double Viola String Quartet in Eb”) that were originally created for the sold-out “Synesthesia Suite: Constellations” concert series in 2017. There will be five showings between Wednesday Oct 10th and Sunday Oct 14th, all free! (Registration required).
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For complete details on each show, please visit the Performances page.
Thank you so much to the wonderful Vento Chiaro and Museum of Science, Boston for including Mary’s music in these awesome events! <3 And cheers to one and all, and happy fall! <3
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
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 everyone who attended Mary and Molly Zenobia‘s “Colorful Concert” at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey on March 10, and Vento Chiaro‘s “Boston Project” Concert at Forest Hills Cemetery on May 6! It was wonderful getting to connect with you all! And many thanks to the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey and Vento Chiaro for inviting Mary to collaborate with them on these wonderful shows!
Here are a few photos from both events!
From “Colorful Concert” with composer Molly Zenobia at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey on 03/10/18:
From Vento Chiaro’s “Boston Project” Concert at Forest Hills Cemetery on 05/06/18
Mary will now be taking a break from performing in order to spend the summer working on her new opera, The Memoirs of Antonina. Performance dates for Mary’s 2018-2019 season will be announced in late August — please stay tuned! <3
Many thanks to one and all, and wishing everyone a wonderful summer!