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TODAY: Album Release and Concert for “Mount Auburn: Spring and Autumn Suites”

“Mount Auburn: Spring and Autumn Suites” is released TODAY! Hooray! <3 You listen to the album in full, and download a free digital copy, right here!:

ALBUM DOWNLOAD LINK: https://marybichner.bandcamp.com/album/mount-auburn-spring-and-autumn-suites


And, there are a just few tickets left (less than ten!) for today’s album release concert, here is the link!:
http://mountauburn.org/2017/mount-auburn-spring-suite-concert-with-composer-mary-bichner/


Thank you Mount Auburn Cemetery for creating and supporting this incredible project, and thank you to all of the wonderful musicians of both the recording sessions and today’s concert, as well as our awesome audio team!:


ALBUM MUSICIANS: Kristo Kondakçi (Conductor), Katharina Giegling (Concertmaster), Sonia Deng (Violin), Abby Swidler (Violin), Christopher McClain (Viola I Principal & Viola soloist), Minjung Chun (Viola I), Carrol Lee (Viola II Principal), Foxman McCarthy-James (Viola II), Aron Zelkowicz (Cello principal), Nash Tomey (Double Bass Principal), Arielle Burke (Flute), Elizabeth England (Oboe), David Angelo (Clarinet), Susie Telsey (Bassoon), Evan Leontis (Soprano), Mali Sastri (Tenor), Seth Grondin (Bass [vocals]) and Paul Jacobs (Piano Soloist).


CONCERT MUSICIANS: Kristo Kondakçi (Conductor), Sonia Deng (Concertmaster), Tudor Dornescu (Violin), Travis Rapoza (Violin), Christopher McClain (Viola I Principal & Viola Soloist), Dominick Boyle (Viola I), Anna Stromer (Viola II Principal), Teresa Bloemer (Viola II), Cherry Kim (Cello Principal), Moisés Carrasco (Double Bass Principal), Allison Parramore (Flute), Laura Pardee Schaefer (Oboe), David Dziardziel, (Clarinet), Susannah Telsey (Bassoon), Keith Kirchoff (Piano Soloist), Mali Sastri (Vocalist & Guest Composer), Molly Zenobia (Vocalist)


AUDIO AND TECH: Antonio Oliart Ros (Recording), Peter Moore (Editing, Mixing and Mastering), Lainey Schooltree (Live Concert Sound Engineer), Xiao’an Li (Consultant)


Thanks to one and all — and Happy Spring! <3 <3 <3


Saturday, June 3rd: Composer Residency Album Release & Concert at Mount Auburn Cemetery with Orchestra

“Mount Auburn: Spring and Autumn Suites”, the album of new works composed by Mary during her two-year composer residency at Mount Auburn Cemetery, will be released on Saturday June 3, 2017! To celebrate the release of this album, Mount Auburn will be hosting a concert on the same day, Saturday June 3rd at 2:00pm, featuring the live premiere of the Spring Suite performed by an 18-piece orchestra (including Mary!), as well as several of Mary’s previous pop and classic works re-imagined for chamber orchestra.


Tickets are now available, and can be purchased here!:
http://mountauburn.org/2017/mount-auburn-spring-suite-concert-with-composer-mary-bichner/


Complete details are below. We hope you can join us!:


COMPOSER RESIDENCY ALBUM RELEASE & CONCERT: JUNE 3 @ MOUNT AUBURN CEMETERY
When
: Saturday, June 3 @ 2:00pm
Where: Story Chapel @ Mount Auburn Cemetery (580 Mount Auburn St., Cambridge MA 02138)
Tickets: $20 General Admission / $10 FoMAC Members (all-ages)
Ticket Link: http://mountauburn.org/2017/mount-auburn-spring-suite-concert-with-composer-mary-bichner/
FB Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/290811531345563/293752297718153
Performers: Mary Bichner (Composer / Vocalist), Kristo Kondakçi (Conductor), Sonia Deng (Concertmaster), Tudor Dornescu (Violin), Travis Rapoza (Violin), Christopher McClain (Viola I Principal & Viola Soloist), Dominick Boyle (Viola I), Anna Stromer (Viola II Principal), Teresa Bloemer (Viola II), Cherry Kim (Cello Principal), Moisés Carrasco (Double Bass Principal), Allison Parramore (Flute), Laura Pardee Schaefer (Oboe), David Dziardziel, (Clarinet), Susannah Telsey (Bassoon), Keith Kirchoff (Piano Soloist), Mali Sastri (Vocalist & Guest Composer), Molly Zenobia (Vocalist)

Details: Please join us for the world premiere of Mary’s new work, “Mount Auburn: Spring Suite”! Over the past year, Mary has written music inspired by the landscape of Mount Auburn and words from resident poets. She will perform as part of an 18-piece chamber orchestra for this concert in Mount Auburn’s beautiful Story Chapel!


New Single: “Garden Gossip”

Happy National Public Gardens Day! 🌸🌼🌹 To celebrate, here is a streamable MP3 of “Garden Gossip”, the first single from Mary’s forthcoming “Mount Auburn: Spring and Autumn Suites” album! This piece, a musical setting of the Frances Sargent Osgood poem of the same name, was composed by Mary as part of her two-year residency at Mount Auburn Cemetery:





The full album will be released on June 3, 2017. Mary will also be premiering the works in concert as part of a 19-piece chamber orchestra on the same day — tickets for the concert are available here!


Many thanks to Mount Auburn, and to all of the wonderful musicians who brought this track to life!: Kristo Kondakci (conductor), Mali Sastri (vocalist – Honey-Bee), Evan Leontis (vocalist – Lily), Katharina Giegling (concertmaster), Sonia Deng (violin), Abby Swidler (violin), Christopher McClain (viola I), Minjung Chun (viola I), Carrol Lee (viola II), Foxman McCarthy-James (viola II), Aron Zelkowicz (cello), Nash Tomey (double bass), Arielle Burke (flute), Elizabeth England (oboe), David Angelo (clarinet), Susie Telsey (bassoon), Antonio Oliart Ros (recording and audio engineer), Peter Moore (audio mixing/mastering).


Thanks for listening, and more will be shared soon! <3


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




It’s almost here! <3 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!)


New Documentary for Mount Auburn Composer Residency

Happy Monday, all! Here is a mini-documentary by filmmaker Rebecca Kopycinski detailing Mary’s composer residency at the wonderful Mount Auburn Cemetery, as well as her synesthesia! (Thank you so much, Mount Auburn Cemetery and Rebecca! <3) Featuring interviews by conductor Kristo Kondakçi, viola concerto soloist Christopher McClain, and Mount Auburn’s Vice President of Cemetery and Visitor Services Bree Harvey:





Thank you to everyone who participated, and hope you enjoy the film! Also, be sure to join Mary for her upcoming concerts on May 4 (pop-up concert for ArtWeek with Mary Bichner and Planetary Quartet) and June 3 (composer residency concert with orchestra) — details can be found here on the Performance page!


Have a great week and more news will be shared soon! <3


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