Happy New Year, one and all! <3 Now that 2019 is finally here, it's time to announce Mary's spring concert schedule!:
First up, on Thursday April 4th, Mary is honored to return to the Charles Hayden Planetarium for the “Synethesia Suite” concert series in collaboration with the 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). Tickets for this show will go on sale starting Thursday January 10th via this link (purchasing tickets for this event in advance is highly recommended — the previous concerts in the series sold out a full month before the concert date!).
Then, on Sunday May 5th, Mary is delighted to premiere a new collection of synesthesia-influenced woodwind-quintet-and-vocal-works presented as part of “Senses of Summer”, the sprawling season two finale of the innovative Pindrop Sessions classical music series. Presented by Aeronaut Brewery, WGBH Boston, and WCRB Classical Radio Boston; the Pindrop Sessions are “a classical-ish performance series taking place the first Sunday night of every month at the AERONAUT taproom in Somerville, shining light on the ridiculous pleasure of collective listening.” The concert will feature a gorgeous performance of Samuel Barber’s Knoxville, Summer of 1915 as well as Mary’s new woodwind-and-vocal works performed by the incredible Phoenix Ensemble and the exquisite soprano Margot Rood. Tickets for this event are avaialble now, and can be purchased via this link (purchasing tickets for this event in advance is highly recommended also — the series has a history of quickly selling out!).
More information for each show can be found on Mary’s Peformances page, as well as the event pages found here (April 4th show) and here (May 5th show).
THANK YOU so much to the Museum of Science Boston, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Arizona State University, Aeronaut Brewery, WGBH Boston, WCRB Classical Radio Boston, Phoenix Ensemble, and Margot Rood for inviting Mary to collaborate on these amazing and sure-to-be-synesthesiatastic concerts!
Wishing everyone a warm and lovely winter, and can’t wait to see you in the spring! <3
The Synesthesia Suite concert project is funded in part by the Council for the Arts at MIT.
( Artwork Credits, from L to R: 1. Gabriele Evertz // Clearing / Lichtung, 2017 // Acrylic on canvas, 72 x 72 in. // Courtesy of the artist and Minus Space, Brooklyn, NY ||| 2. Richard Garrison // Circular Color Scheme: Target, May 22-28, 2016, Pages 1 & 1A. “Cute Combos/Picnic Pick-Ups,” 2016 // Watercolor, gouache and graphite on paper, 12 x 12 in. // Courtesy of the artist and Robert Henry Contemporary, Brooklyn, NY ||| 3. Paul Corio // Regal Strike, 2017 // Acrylic on canvas, 96 x 84 in. // Courtesy of the artist and McKenzie Fine Art, New York, NY ||| All photos courtesy of the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey )
Mary is thrilled to be performing at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey this Saturday, March 10th @ 6:00pm, alongside fellow synesthetic composer Molly Zenobia, for VACNJ’s Concert in the Gallery series! Entitled “Colorful Concert”, this performance will celebrate three new VACNJ exhibitions: “Radiant Energy“, “Richard Garrison: All-consuming“, and “Stair-gazing: Paul Corio“. All three exhibitions focus on visual artists whose work centers around color and color theory.
As part of “Colorful Concert”, Mary and Molly will each perform their own synesthesia-inspired musical set amidst these beautiful works of art, as well as discuss how they use color to inspire their individual composition processes, followed by a Q&A wine reception. It’s sure to be a magical evening! <3
Now moving into its ninth decade, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is dedicated to the mission of bringing art and people together. This mission is fulfilled by the best in contemporary art exhibitions, a robust Studio School operating a four semester schedule, public programs ranging from the annual Talking Pictures Film Series to Art Afternoons that allow the public to interact with exhibiting artists, and outreach programs for seniors, at-risk youth and children, and adults with disabilities.
Here are complete details for the concert, including where to purchase tickets!:
03/10/18: “COLORFUL CONCERT” AT THE VISUAL ARTS CENTER OF NEW JERSEY
When: Saturday, March 10th @ 6:00PM-8:00PM
Where: Visual Arts Center of New Jersey (68 Elm Street, Summit, NJ 07901)
Tickets: $10 (General Admission)
Ticket Link: HERE
Performers: Mary Bichner (vocals, piano), Molly Zenobia (vocals, piano)
And here is the official exhibitions page from the VACNJ website, featuring more information on these wonderful visual artists and artworks!:
Looking forward to this rainbow-filled concert! <3
Mary looks forward to sharing about her Mount Auburn Cemetery composer residency this Thursday February 16th, as part of Mount Auburn’s Lunchtime Lecture series! The lecture is free and will take place from 12:00pm-1:00pm at Mount Auburn’s Story Chapel. Complete details can be found at the following link:
Thanks so much and hope to see you there! <3
Greetings one and all! Hope you had a happy holiday season and a wonderful new year! <3
Another Mount Auburn update — Mary is thrilled to announce that she has completed all of the new compositions for her Mount Auburn Cemetery composer residency, and will be recording them with an 18-piece musical ensemble in the studio next week! Here is a preview of one of the pieces, inspired by a bright autumn day at Mount Auburn:
Exciting news — the new musical works I've been composing for my #MountAuburnCemetery #composer #residency are finally finished, woohoo! 🎉🎶 Now all that's left is to complete the typesetting process, so that the scores are ready to print. Here is a quick preview of one of the new works, inspired by Mount Auburn on a sunny day in October. Looking forward to entering the studio next week! 🎶💕 #MaryAtMtAuburn @friendsofmountauburn
More updates (including a release date for the recordings) will be announced in the coming weeks — please check back soon! <3