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360° Videos from “Synesthesia Suite: Constellations” Project

Thank you to the amazing Museum of Science, Boston for creating these wonderful 360° videos for Mary Bichner and Planetary Quartet’s “Synesthesia Suite: Constellations” collaboration with MoS! Both videos feature dreamy synesthesia-inspired imagery created by the Museum’s award-winning planetarium team, which premiered during the “Synesthesia Suite: Constellations” concerts at the Charles Hayden Planetarium on November 30th, 2017:



[ Produced by Charles Hayden Planetarium, Museum of Science, Boston Composed & Arranged by Mary Bichner / Lyrics by Dante Alighieri (Sonnet from Chapter 21 of Dante’s “La Vita Nuova”, translated by Lorna de’Lucchi) / Performed by Mary Bichner (vocals), Tudor Dornescu (violin), Anna Stromer (viola I), Carrol Lee (viola II), Alan Toda-Ambaras (cello) / Audio by Mary Bichner (vocals/synths recording), Kyle Rassmussen (live strings recording), Peter Moore (mixing/mastering) / Special thanks to Marble House Project (Dorset, VT) ]



[ Produced by Charles Hayden Planetarium, Museum of Science, Boston / Composed & Arranged by Mary Bichner / Music from “Mount Auburn: Spring and Autumn Suites” / Performed by Katharina Giegling (violin), Christopher McClain (viola I), Carrol Lee (viola II), Aron Zelkowicz (cello) / Audio by Antonio Oliart Ros (recording), Peter Moore (mixing/mastering) / Commissioned by Mount Auburn Cemetery (Cambridge, MA) / Special thanks to Mount Auburn Cemetery (Cambridge, MA) ]


Thank you so much to The Museum of Science Boston, Mount Auburn Cemetery, Marble House Project, and to all of the wonderful musicians and artists who made these videos possible! <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/


New Commission: Collaboration with Vento Chiaro for “The Boston Project”


(Photo by: Joe Wallace Photography)


Mary is honored to announce her latest collaboration — a commission for two new works by renowned Boston wind quintet, Vento Chiaro!



To celebrate their 20th anniversary season, Vento Chario has begun a new series entitled “The Boston Project”, a “multi-year exploration of what it means to be of a place, and woven into the musical fabric of that place”. As part of The Boston Project, VC has commissioned Mary to write two new pieces inspired by Boston Common and King’s Chapel, using her sound-to-color synesthesia to select the keys and chords that best “match” the palette of each location. Once completed, the new works will be premiered live in one of VC’s upcoming concerts (official date to be announced soon!).


For more info, please check out Vento Chiaro’s wonderful website right here!:


http://www.ventochiaro.org


Mary is honored to collaborate with Vento Chiaro on this incredible project, and looks forward to creating these new compositions inspired by the Boston landscape!


Photos from “Synesthesia Suite: Constellations” Concerts on 11/30/17

Below are some BEAUTIFUL photos by the wonderful Jonathan Beckley from the premiere of “Synesthesia Suite: Constellations” at Boston’s Museum of Science on 11/30/17!:





Thank you Jonathan for these beautiful photos! <3 <3


Premiere of “Synesthesia Suite: Constellations” on 11/30/17 — Thank You! <3

Thank you one and all to everyone who attended last evening’s premieres of “Synesthesia Suite: Constellations” — it was an honor and a pleasure to perform for you all! Huge thanks as well to the wonderful Museum of Science Boston, the fantastic performers of Planetary Quartet (Tudor Dornescu – violin, Anna Stromer – viola I, Carrol Lee – viola II, and Alan Toda-Ambaras – cello), and the amazing residency program Marble House Project for making this wonderful concert project possible! <3

Here is a photo and more info from Mary’s instagram account!:

THANK YOU one and all for joining us last night at "Synesthesia Suites: Constellations" at the @museumofscience yesterday eve— it was an honor and a joy to perform for you all! 💕 I am so grateful to have taken part in this amazing collaboration, and to have had the opportunity to premiere these new compositions in such an incredible setting! Huge thanks to James, Dani, Jason, Lisa, Emily, Corinna, Kyle, Jake, and everyone at MoS for inviting me to take part in this very special project, and for creating such exquisite synesthesia-inspired visuals for the planetarium’s beautiful dome! Heartfelt thanks also to @marblehouseproject for inviting me to take part in their wonderful residency program — my time at MHP was a huge source of inspiration for the creation of these new works, and I am so very grateful to you! <3 Big thanks to the wonderful Planetary Quartet — Tudor Dornescu (violin), Anna Stromer / @annastromerr (viola i), Carrol Lee / @carrol.vla (viola iI), and Alan-Toda Ambaras (cello) for their beautiful performances: you were all fantastic as always! <3 Many thanks to the amazing Brianna Lueders for being our musical assistant for this project, you had our rehearsals and showtimes running like a dream! <3 <3 And thank you so much to everyone who attended to concerts, it was so wonderful to get to connect with you and share this new music! // We will soon have some GORGEOUS live photos to share with you from the amazing @jonbeckley , but in the meantime, here is a snap of what the dome looked like before the start of the show — this is the beautiful rainbow of colors I see every time I look at a piano, thanks to my synesthesia! :) Thanks again to one and all for this magical evening, and can’t wait to see you all again soon! 🌠💕😍✨🎶🎻🌈 #MaryAtMoS #composer #synesthesia #newmusic #worldpremiere #mbpq #stringquartet #planetarium #rainbow #piano #visualmusic #museumofscience #boston #marblehouseproject (Photo by: Brianna Lueders 📸)

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Although this is Mary’s last concert for the year, there will definitely be more musical magic in store for 2018 — please check back soon for the latest updates! <3

Hugs and thanks to one and all, and wishing you a beautiful holiday season and a happy new year! <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 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!


SOLD OUT: “Synesthesia Suite: Constellations” Concerts on Nov 30th @ MoS


(Photo credit: Museum of Science, Boston)


Exciting news: both the 7:30pm and 9:00pm performances of Mary Bichner and Planetary Quartet’s “Synesthesia Suite: Constellations” concert at Boston’s Museum of Science on November 30th have sold out! Thank you so much to everyone who will be joining us!


In this special concert series at the Charles Hayden Planetarium, Mary Bichner and Planetary Quartet will perform the world premiere of Mary’s “Synesthesia Suite: Constellations”, a new collection of classical-meets-pop works inspired by the night sky, as well as a number of Mary’s previous compositions and cherished cover songs reimagined for double-viola string quartet.


If you will be attending, you can RSVP on the event’s Facebook page right here!:
https://www.facebook.com/events/269343276913837/


Thank you one and all, and can’t wait to see you under the stars! <3



11/30/17 MARY BICHNER AND PLANETARY QUARTET AT THE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE
When: Thursday, November 30th @ 7:30pm & 9:00pm
Where: Charles Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Science, Boston (1 Science Park, Boston MA 02144)
Tickets: $20 General Admission (all-ages)
Ticket Link: *SOLD OUT*
FB Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/269343276913837/
Performers: Mary Bichner (Composer / Vocals / Piano / Guitar), Tudor Dornescu (Violin), Anna Stromer (Viola I), Carrol Lee (Viola II), Alan Toda-Amabaras (Cello)


This work has been supported in part by Marble House Project, a not-­for-profit organization.


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 Paula 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 Paula 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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