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Thursday, May 4th: Pop-Up Concert at Mount Auburn Cemetery for ArtWeek Boston

On Thursday May 4th @ 12:00pm, Mary Bichner and Planetary Quartet look forward to playing a pop-up concert at Mount Auburn Cemetery’s Bigelow Chapel in honor of ArtWeek Boston! MBPQ will perform a special preview of the string quartet Mary composed inspired by Bigelow Chapel’s stained-glass windows, and there will be a post-concert lecture with Mount Auburn’s Curator of Historical Collections, the awesome Meg L. Winslow. Featuring the wonderful performers Sonia Deng (violin), Anna Stromer (viola I), Abby Swidler (viola II) and Nick Dinnerstein (cello). Here is complete info on this free, all-ages show!:


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POP-UP CONCERT: MAY 4TH @ BIGELOW CHAPEL, MOUNT AUBURN CEMETERY
When: Thursday, May 4th @ 12:00pm
Where: Bigelow Chapel @ Mount Auburn Cemetery (580 Mount Auburn St., Cambridge MA 02138)
Tickets: FREE (all-ages)
Performers: Mary Bichner (vocals/guitar), Sonia Deng (violin), Anna Stromer (viola I), Abby Swidler (viola II), Nick Dinnerstein (cello).
Details: Join Mary Bichner and Planetary Quartet for a special 20-minute pop-up concert in honor of ArtWeek Boston! 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 five-to-ten minute walk from the cemetery’s main gates, we advise that you arrive by 11:50AM to allow walking time to Bigelow Chapel. Thank you!)


“Mount Auburn Cemetery: Spring and Autumn Suites” – Album Release Date June 3rd 2017, Concerts Dates June 3rd 2017 & November 4th 2017

Hooray — it’s official! “Mount Auburn Cemetery: Spring and Autumn Suites”, the collection of compositions Mary created as part of her two-year composer residency at Mount Auburn Cemetery, will be released as a digital album on June 3, 2017. The release will also be paired with two live concerts at Mount Auburn to premiere the works; a Spring Suite concert on June 3, 2017; and an Autumn Concert on November 4, 2017.


Here is a video by the awesome Rebecca Kopycisnki celebrating the news, featuring our wonderful musical ensemble and a preview of the Piano Concerto in C:





Ticket information for both concerts can be found on the Performances page, and the full press release can be found on the new Mount Auburn page.


A very special thank you to the incredible artistic team that brought this music and album to life!: Kristo Kondakçi (conductor), Katharina Giegling (concertmaster), Sonia Deng (violin), Abby Swidler (violin), Christopher McClain (viola I principal and concerto soloist), Minjung Chun (viola I), Carrol Lee (viola II principal), Foxman James (viola II), Aron Zelkowicz (cello principal), Nash Tomey (contrabass principal), Arielle Burke (flute), Elizabeth England (oboe), David Angelo (clarinet), Susannah Telsey (bassoon), Evangelia Leontis (soprano), Mali Sastri (mezzo-soprano/tenor), Seth Grondin (bass), Paul Jacobs (piano), Xiao’an Li (consultant), Antonio Oliart Ros (recording/engineer), Peter Moore (mixing/mastering), and of course, everyone at the wonderful Mount Auburn Cemetery!

Thanks for reading, and more Mount Auburn magic is on the way shortly! <3


Wednesday, April 12th: Poetry-Inspired Pop-Up Concert With Mary Bichner and Planetary Quartet at Mount Auburn Cemetery

As part of her two-year composer residency, Mary is pleased to announce a new pop-up concert to be held at Mount Auburn Cemetery on Wednesday, April 12th @ 6:30pm. In honor of National Poetry Month, this concert will feature Mary’s musical settings of famous poets’ works, including several previews of the new pieces Mary has composed as part of her Mount Auburn residency. She will be joined by the wonderful Planetary Quartet, featuring: Sue Buzzard (violin), Anna Stromer (viola I), Carroll Lee (viola II), and Aron Zelkowicz (cello).



The performance will take place at the James Russell Lowell Memorial, a short walk (approximately ten minutes) from the cemetery’s front gates. The concert is free and all ages!



Complete details are below, and are also available via the Performances page. Hope to see you there!


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POP-UP CONCERT: APRIL 12TH @ JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL MEMORIAL, MOUNT AUBURN CEMETERY
When
: Wednesday, April 12 @ 6:30pm
Where: James Russell Lowell Memorial @ Mount Auburn Cemetery (580 Mount Auburn St., Cambridge MA 02138)
Tickets: FREE (all-ages)
Performers: Mary Bichner (vocals/guitar), Sue Buzzard (violin), Anna Stromer (viola I), Carrol Lee (viola II), Aron Zelkowicz (cello).
Details: Join Mary Bichner and Planetary Quartet for a special 20-minute pop-up concert inspired by National Poetry Month! Part of the pop-up concert series for Mary’s two-year composer residency at Mount Auburn Cemetery.


(PLEASE NOTE: Because the concert location is a ten-to-fifteen minute walk from the cemetery’s main gates, we advise that you arrive by 6:15PM to allow walking time to the James Russell Lowell Memorial. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held indoors at Mount Auburn. Thank you!)


Tuesday, April 4th: “Meet the Instruments” Children’s Concert at Watertown Free Public Library

How does a flute make its sound? Where did the piano get its name? Join Mount Auburn Cemetery composer-in-residence Mary Bichner as she shares fun facts about her favorite musical instruments as part of a lively, family-friendly concert! Details are below!:


4/4/17: “MEET THE INSTRUMENTS” CHILDREN’S CONCERT AT WATERTOWN FREE PUBLIC LIBARY
WHEN: Tuesday April 4 @ 4:00PM
WHERE: Watertown Free Public Library (123 Main St. / Watertown, MA 02472)
TICKETS: FREE (all ages)
PERFORMERS: Mary Bichner (vocals/piano/guitar/flute), Sonia Deng (violin), Mali Sastri (vocals/piano/tambourine)


This program is supported in part by a grant from the Watertown Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.



Thursday, February 16th: Lunchtime Lecture at Mount Auburn Cemetery

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:


http://mountauburn.org/2016/lunch-lecture-composing-for-a-cemetery/


Thanks so much and hope to see you there! <3


Composer Residency at Mount Auburn Cemetery: Recording Sessions Complete!

After a wonderful week in the rehearsal room and in the studio, recording sessions are now complete for Mary’s composer residency at Mount Auburn Cemetery! An immense and heartfelt THANK YOU to all of the amazing people that made this wonderful recording project possible: our awesome project consultant Xiao’an Li of East Coast Scoring for his guidance and expertise; our amazing conductor Kristo Kondakci; our fantastic orchestra of Katharina Giegling (concertmaster), Sonia Deng (violin), Abby Swidler (violin), Christopher McClain (viola I principal and concerto soloist), Minjung Chun (viola I), Carrol Lee (viola II principal), Foxman James (viola II), Aron Zelkowicz (cello principal), Nash Tomey (contrabass principal), Arielle Burke (flute), Elizabeth England (oboe), David Angelo (clarinet), Susie Telsey (bassoon), Evangelia Leontis (soprano), Mali Sastri (mezzo-soprano/tenor), Seth Grondin (bass), and Paul Jacobs (piano); our excellent producer Antonio Oliart of WGBH Studios; everyone at WBGH and Fraser Performance Studio; and of course the wonderful Friends of Mount Auburn for creating this AMAZING residency!


Here are a few clips from throughout the week!:








And that’s a wrap — recording is finished! <3 THANK YOU to all of the amazing people that made this wonderful recording project possible!: the awesome Xiao'an Li of East Coast Scoring for his guidance and expertise; our fantastic orchestra of Kristo Kondakci / @kkconducts (conductor), Katharina Giegling (concertmaster), Sonia Deng (violin), Abby Swidler / @swidlerfiddler (violin), Christopher McClain / @calyanres (viola I principal and concerto soloist), Minjung Chun (viola I), Carrol Lee / @carrol.vla (viola II principal), Foxman McCarthy-James (viola II), Aron Zelkowicz (cello principal), Nash Tomey (contrabass principal), Arielle Burke (flute), Elizabeth England (oboe), David Angelo (clarinet), Susie Telsey (bassoon), Evan Leontis (soprano), Mali Sastri (mezzo-soprano/tenor), Seth Grondin (bass), and Paul Jacobs (piano); our incredible producer Antonio Oliart of WGBH Studios; and of course the wonderful Bree Harvey, Jenny Gilbert, Jessica Bussman and everyone at Friends of Mount Auburn for creating this AMAZING residency — I am so honored to have taken part! <3 Next up will be getting the recordings mixed and mastered in anticipation of the release date (June 2017), with more details to follow soon. <3 THANK YOU EVERYONE!! <3 <3 <3 (Video courtesy of Mount Auburn Cemetery) #MaryAtMtAuburn

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Next up will be getting the recordings mixed and mastered in anticipation of the release date (June 2017).


Thank you one and all, and more details will follow shortly! <3


Composer Residency at Mount Auburn Cemetery: Studio Dates Next Week

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:






More updates (including a release date for the recordings) will be announced in the coming weeks — please check back soon! <3


Composer Residency at Mount Auburn Cemetery: Progress Update

Greetings, one and all! Here is an end-of-the-year update on Mary’s composer residency at Mount Auburn Cemetery:


At present, Mary is putting the finishing touches on the compositions commissioned as part of her residency, and will have all scores finalized by the end of 2016. She looks forward to recording the new works at Boston’s WGBH Studios in January 2017, and will have more concrete info on both the digital release date and the corresponding live concerts as winter melts into spring.


Wishing everyone a beautiful holiday season, and looking forward to more musical magic in the new year. See you in 2017, everyone!


Pop-Up Concert at Mount Auburn Cemetery on 10/28 @ 3:00pm (Final Concert of 2016)

As part of her two-year composer residency, Mary is pleased to announce a new pop-up concert to be held at Mount Auburn Cemetery on Friday, Oct 28th @ 3:00pm (her final concert of 2016!). Mary will be joined onstage by guest musician, the wonderful Mali Sastri, and the pair will perform Mary’s original works, including the first preview of a new in-progress composition inspired by Mount Auburn.


The performance will take place in Story Chapel, a short walk (less than five minutes) from the cemetery’s front gates. The concert is free and all ages!


Complete details are below, and are also available via the Performances page. Hope to see you there!


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POP-UP CONCERT: OCTOBER 28TH @ STORY CHAPEL, MOUNT AUBURN CEMETERY
When: Monday, October 28th @ 3:00pm
Where: Story Chapel @ Mount Auburn Cemetery (580 Mount Auburn St., Cambridge MA 02138)
Tickets: FREE (all-ages)
Performers: Mary Bichner (vocals/piano), Mali Sastri (vocals)
Details: Part of the pop-up concert series for Mary’s two-year composer residency at Mount Auburn Cemetery! Mary will perform a twenty-minute solo set of her original music with very special guest musician, Mali Sastri!


New Performance: “A Glimpse Beyond”, Oct 22-23 @ Mount Auburn Cemetery

Mary is honored to be joining the cast of Mount Auburn Cemetery’s A Glimpse Beyond, “an inspired celebration of music, dance, art, and poetry set within Mount Auburn’s
stunning landscape”. There will be three performances of the show over the weekend of Oct 22-23 (Sat Oct 22 @ 2:00pm, Sat Oct 22 @ 5:00pm, & Sun Oct 23 & 2:00pm), featuring a wonderful ensemble of dancers, poets, musicians and more.


During her set, Mary will perform works arranged for vocalist and lever harp.


Here is a video preview of the event! :

A Glimpse Beyond | October 22-23, 2016 from Mount Auburn Cemetery on Vimeo.



Complete info on the event, including ticket information, can be found on the Peformances page.


Hope to see you there! <3