residencies


New “Projects” Section; New Photos from Mount Auburn Cemetery Composer Residency


(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
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New Performance: Rose Window Concert with Mary Bichner and Planetary Quartet at Mount Auburn Cemetery on Satuday, December 15th


( 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!:

https://mountauburn.org/event/bigelow-chapel-concert-open-house/


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


Composer Residency at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico (September-December 2018)


( Photo Credit: The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico )


Mary is honored to have been selected for a composer residency at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico for September through December 2018! While in residence at HWF, Mary will continue working on her forthcoming opera, “The Memoirs of Antonina“, as well as several other projects TBA.


Here is more information on this wonderful organization, from the HWF official website:


“The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, established in 1954, is one of the oldest artist residence programs in the country. The Foundation’s mission is to ‘Support the artist and the creative process’ and serves as a haven for visual artists, literary artists and music composers. We are located on fifteen acres in the heart of Taos, New Mexico, a four-hundred-year-old multicultural community renowned for its popularity with artists.”


Congratulations to all of the 2018 residents, and enormous thanks to the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation for inviting Mary to take part in this amazing residency!


Videos From Mount Auburn Cemetery Composer Residency Concerts Now Online


Hooray! The wonderful Mount Auburn Cemetery has just released a collection of live videos from Mary’s 2016-2017 composer residency, including videos from the spring and autumn chambers orchestra concerts, on the Mount Auburn Vimeo page. Here are some faves!:













You can view the full collection right here:



https://vimeo.com/album/4962771



Many thanks to Mount Auburn Cemetery, videographer Jeremy Meserve, and all of the amazing orchestra musicians for collaborating on these lovely videos! <3


2017 Iguana Music Fund Grant Recipient




Mary is honored to announce that she haas been selected for a 2017 Iguana Music Fund grant by the wonderful Iguana Music Fund and Club Passim!


Here is more information on this wonderful program from the official Iguana Music Fund website!:


“The Iguana Music Fund is an annual grant program predominantly funded by a generous anonymous donor, plus the help of Passim, sponsorships, and community donations.


“Each year the Iguana Music Fund gives approximately $40,000 in grants to individual artists in amounts from $500 to $2,000 each. Grants are used for projects and expenses to aid in artists’ career growth, and range from recording projects to community programs to specialized equipment or instruments.


“The Iguana Music Fund was established in 2008 after a generous anonymous donation was given with the intention of helping artists pursue their musical goals. Artists often have the talent and ideas to create incredible music, but they do not always have the financial capacity to do so. To help musicians overcome financial limitations, the Iguana Music Fund awards annual grants to artists with a residential or tour-based affiliation to New England. Since 2008, more than $300,000 in grants has funded more than 160 projects.”



Thanks to the generosity of the Iguana Music Fund and Club Passim, Mary’s grant award will cover the funds for all travel expenses to and from her composer residency at the The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico in September-December 2018.


THANK YOU so much to the Iguana Music Fund and Club Passim for this great honor, and for all of your support of musicians in New England and beyond! And congratulations to all of the 2017 winners!


For more info on this fantastic organization, please visit the official website here!:

http://passim.org/iguana/


Composer Residency at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, September-December 2018


( Photo Credit: The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico )


Mary is honored to have been selected for a composer residency at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico for September through December 2018! While in residence at HWF, Mary will continue working on two projects: a new one-act orchestral ballet, and a new three-act orchestral opera (project titles to be announced soon).


Here is more information on this wonderful organization, from the HWF official website:


“The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, established in 1954, is one of the oldest artist residence programs in the country. The Foundation’s mission is to ‘Support the artist and the creative process’ and serves as a haven for visual artists, literary artists and music composers. We are located on fifteen acres in the heart of Taos, New Mexico, a four-hundred-year-old multicultural community renowned for its popularity with artists.”


Congratulations to all of the 2018 residents, and enormous thanks to the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation for inviting Mary to take part in this amazing residency!


Composer Residency at Mount Auburn Cemetery — Thank You! <3


(Photo by: Mount Auburn Cemetery via Instagram)

[ Here is a message from Mary! <3 ]


“Dear friends,


Thank you so very much to everyone who attended and performed in yesterday’s sold-out “Mount Auburn: Autumn Suite” concert, the final concert of my two-year composer residency at Mount Auburn Cemetery! It was such a special day and I am so thankful to have shared it with all of you!


My residency at Mount Auburn Cemetery is now over, and I am so humbled and incredibly grateful for the all of the magic of the past two years. Most especially, I am eternally thankful to the incredible group of AMAZING people that came together to make this gigantic project possible — it has been an honor and a pleasure to collaborate with you, and I am so grateful to each and everyone one of your for sharing your time and talents to bring this project to life!:


Thank you SO MUCH to the wonderful Bree Harvey, Jessica Bussman, Jenny Gilbert, Corinne Elicone, Jennifer Johnston, Meg Winslow, CEO Dave Barnett, and everyone at Mount Auburn Cemetery for inviting me to take part in this incredible residency, and making the past two years such a magical experience of art, nature, and community! I’ve loved every moment of our collaboration, from our morning meetings in Bigelow Chapel, to rocking out to David Bowie songs at the Watertown Library — it has been an honor and a privilege to work with you all!


Thank you to my amazing mentor Xiao’an Li for all of your excellent advice, guidance, and expertise — you helped me every step of the way, from teaching me how to organize orchestral rehearsals, to connecting me with a team of amazing musicians, to even taping scores on the floor of WGBH when you realized they were falling off the piano! (I definitely owe you one!!) I am so grateful to you for sharing your knowledge — and friendship! — with me!


Huge thanks to our fantastic conductor Kristo Kondakçi for your wonderful leadership, your musical and conducting magic, and your kindness to each person each and every day. When you conduct, everyone in the room is smiling — the audience AND the orchestra! (And me too! :))


Many many thanks and hugs to the incredible musicians that collaborated with me on this project for the pop-up concerts, wine tasting concert, recording sessions, donor concerts, library concert, and spring/autumn residency concerts — it has been so wonderful to work with you and I am so thankful to you for bringing this new music to life!: Julia Okrusko, Christopher McClain, Anna Stromer, Nick Dinnerstein, Valerie Thompson, Mali Sastri, Katharina Giegling, Sonia Deng, Abby Swidler, Minjung Chun, Carrol Lee, Foxman McCarthy-James, Aron Zelkowicz, Nash Tomey, Arielle Burke, Elizabeth England, David Angelo, Susannah Telsey, Evan Leontis, Seth Grondin, Paul Jacobs, Sue Buzzard, Tudor Dornescu, Travis Rapoza, Dominick Douglas, Teresa Bloemer, Cherry Kim, Moisés Carrasco, Allison Parramore, Laura Pardee Schaefer, David Dziardziel, Keith Kirchoff, Molly Zenobia, Elizabeth Stefan, Subaiou Zhang, Sean Larkin, Oliver Chang, Harrison Klein, Elif Çakmut, Timothy Wisdom, Peter Moore, and Chess Albaneze!


Heartfult thanks to the amazing artists that created such beautiful audio and video for this two-year project — you all rock!: Antonio Oliart Ros (recording and audio engineering @ WGBH), Peter Moore (mixing/mastering @ Palace of Purpose), Rebecca Lee (documentary filmmaker), Lainey Schooltree (live concert audio engineer), and Jeremy Meserve (live concert filmmaker)!


Thank you so much to the fabulous Brianna Lueders for being so kind to be my musical assistant on the spring and fall residency concerts — you made everything run like a dream and you are awesome!


Thank you to all of the venues and organizations that collaborated with us for recording, concerts, lectures, and workshops!: Mount Auburn Cemetery (of course! :)), WGBH Studios, The Watertown Library, and Medford Calling!


And a VERY special thanks to everyone that has attended our events over these past two years — it was a delight to get to perform for you, and I am so appreciative of your kindness and support for new music!


So much love and my deepest thanks to one and all for this amazing two-year residency at Mount Auburn Cemetery!


With love,


Mary”


Performers announced for Mount Auburn Cemetery Concert 11/04/17 – Premiere of “Autumn Suite”


(Photo by: Mount Auburn Cemetery)


The performers for Mary’s final composer residency concert at Mount Auburn Cemetery have been announced! Mary looks forward to collaborating with the following wonderful musicians on November 4th!:

Kristo Kondakçi (Conductor)
Subaiou Zhang (Concertmaster)
Sean Larkin (Violin)
Travis Rapoza (Violin)
Christopher McClain (Viola I Principal & Viola Soloist)
Dominick Douglas (Viola I)
Carrol Lee (Viola II Principal)
Oliver Chang (Viola II)
Cherry Kim (Cello Principal)
Harrison Klein (Double Bass Principal)
Arielle Burke (Flute)
Elif Çakmut (Oboe)
David Angelo (Clarinet)
Timothy Wisdom (Bassoon)
Paul Jacobs (Piano)
Molly Zenobia (Vocalist)
Mali Sastri (Vocalist)
Peter Moore (Vocalist)



Tickets for this concert, which will feature the premiere of Mary’s “Autumn Suite” (a suite of chamber orchestra works inspired by Mount Auburn in the fall) and guest composer Chess Albaneze’s new work “Spiral”, can be purchased here:
http://mountauburn.org/mount-auburn-fall-suite/


And here is the FB invite!:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1795648524068262/


Happy Autumn to one and all, and looking forward to this awesome show! <3

11/04/17 FINAL COMPOSER RESIDENCY CONCERT: PREMIERE OF “AUTUMN SUITE”
When: Saturday, November 4th @ 2:00pm (doors at 1:30pm)
Where: Story Chapel @ Mount Auburn Cemetery (580 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge MA)
Tickets: $20 General Admission / $10 FoMAC Members (all-ages)
Ticket Link: http://mountauburn.org/mount-auburn-fall-suite/
FB Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/1795648524068262/
Performers: Kristo Kondakçi (Conductor), Subaiou Zhang (Concertmaster), Sean Larkin (Violin), Travis Rapoza (Violin), Christopher McClain (Viola I Principal & Viola Soloist), Dominick Douglas (Viola I), Carrol Lee (Viola II Principal), Oliver Chang (Viola II), Cherry Kim (Cello Principal), Harrison Klein (Double Bass Principal), Arielle Burke (Flute), Elif Çakmut (Oboe), David Angelo (Clarinet), Timothy Wisdom (Bassoon), Paul Jacobs (Piano), Molly Zenobia (Vocalist), Mali Sastri (Vocalist), Peter Moore (Vocalist)


This Sunday, Sept 24th: Pop-Up Concert with Mary Bichner and Planetary Quartet for Mount Auburn Cemetery’s 186th Anniversary


(Photo Credit: Mount Auburn Cemetery)


Join Mary Bichner and Planetary Quartet for a special 20-minute pop-up concert to celebrate Mount Auburn Cemetery’s 186th anniversary! The concert is free and all-ages, and will take place outdoors at Mount Auburn’s Consecration Dell. Full details are below:!


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POP-UP CONCERT: SEPTEMBER 24TH @ CONSECRATION DELL, MOUNT AUBURN CEMETERY
When
: Sunday, September 24th @ 1:00pm
Where: Consecration Dell @ Mount Auburn Cemetery (580 Mount Auburn St., Cambridge MA 02138)
Tickets: FREE (all-ages)
Performers: Mary Bichner (vocals), Sonia Deng (violin), Elizabeth Stefan (viola I), Foxman McCarthy-James (viola II), Cherry Kim (cello).
Facebook Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/487123488333904/
Details: Join Mary Bichner and Planetary Quartet for a special 20-minute pop-up concert in honor of Mount Auburn Cemetery’s 186th anniversary! Part of the pop-up concert series for Mary’s two-year composer residency at Mount Auburn Cemetery. Additional info is HERE on the ArtWeek website.

(PLEASE NOTE: Because the concert location is a 15-20 minute walk from the cemetery’s main gates, we advise arriving by 12:45PM to allow walking time to Consecration Dell. Thank you!)


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Concert Spotlight: Premiere of “Autumn Suite” with Chamber Orchestra at Mount Auburn Cemetery 11/04/17




On Thursday November 4th, join Mary Bichner and Planetary Orchestra for the final concert in Mary’s Mount Auburn Cemetery composer residency — and the world premiere of “Autumn Suite”!


For the past two years, Mary has served as composer-in-residence at the beautiful Mount Auburn Cemetery of Cambridge and Watertown, MA. Over the course of the residency, Mary composed twelve new pieces inspired by the cemetery’s beautiful landscape and landmarks at different times of year, and recorded the tracks alongside an 18-piece orchestra at WGBH Studios in Boston, MA. The tracks were released as a digital album entitled “Mount Auburn: Spring and Autumn Suites” on June 3rd, 2017 (you can download the album for free right here!).


The “Spirng Suite” was premiered live back in June, and the “Autumn Suite” will have its world premiere on Saturday November 4th at Mount Auburn Cemetery’s Story Chapel! Mary will perform alongside a fantastic 19-person ensemble who, in addition to the suite, will also play several of Mary’s previous pop and classic works re-imagined for chamber orchestra, and a new piece entitled “Spiral” by guest composer Chess Albaneze.


Tickets are now available, and can be purchased here!:
http://mountauburn.org/mount-auburn-fall-suite/


And here is the FB invite!:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1795648524068262/


Looking forward to the autumn, and looking forward to seeing you there! <3

11/04/17 FINAL COMPOSER RESIDENCY CONCERT: PREMIERE OF “AUTUMN SUITES”
When: Saturday, November 4th @ 2:00pm (doors at 1:30pm)
Where: Story Chapel @ Mount Auburn Cemetery (580 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge MA)
Tickets: $20 General Admission / $10 FoMAC Members (all-ages)
Ticket Link: http://mountauburn.org/mount-auburn-fall-suite/
FB Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/1795648524068262/
Performers: (performer announcements coming soon!)