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May 6th, 2018: Premiere of “Boston Common” and “King’s Chapel” during Vento Chiaro’s inaugural concert of “The Boston Project”


Celebrated woodwind quintet Vento Chiaro presents the inaugural concert of “The Boston Project”! This performance will feature works by Beach, Bernstein and Maslanka; as well as a pair of synesthesia-inspired world premieres by composer Mary Bichner, “Boston Common” and “King’s Chapel”, commissioned by Vento Chiaro.


Here are the details!:


05/06/18: VENTO CHIARO’S “THE BOSTON PROJECT” AT FOREST HILLS CEMETERY
When: Sunday, May 6th @ 3:00PM
Where: Forsyth Chapel @ Forest Hills Cemetery (95 Forest Hills Ave, Boston, MA 02130)
Tickets: Adults – $20, Students/Seniors – $10, Children Under 10 – free
Ticket Link: http://ventochiaro.org/inaugural-concert/
Performers: Ona Jonaityte (flute), Elizabeth England (oboe), Chi-Ju Juliet Lai (clarinet), Anne Howarth (french horn), Sam Childers (bassoon)


Thank you so much to Vento Chiaro for this wonderful collaboration, and looking forward to the concert! <3


This Saturday, 03/10/18: “Colorful Concert” with Mary Bichner and Molly Zenobia at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey


( 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!:


http://www.artcenternj.org/2018/01/22/check-out-the-exhibitions-opening-on-february-2/


Looking forward to this rainbow-filled concert! <3


New Opera: The Memoirs of Antonina


“Marie-Antoinette with the Rose” by Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun

After a year of planning and preparation, Mary is excited to finally announce the details of her forthcoming opera, The Memoirs of Antonina !



The Memoirs of Antonina is a new/in-progress three-act opera by composer Mary Bichner, inspired by Marie Antoinette of France. Taking its name from a slanderous 18th-century pamphlet about the queen’s rumored exploits and indiscretions, The Memoirs of Antonina focuses on the final years of Marie Antoinette’s life, and pits two versions of the queen (performed by two different singers) against one another: the imagined breezy libertine derided by revolutionary pamphleteers, and the distraught historical figure determined to reclaim her kingdom and her reputation. The opera also sets the stylistic conventions of opera buffa (Antonina) against those of opera seria (Antoinette), resulting in a work that explores both the exasperatingly comic — and profoundly tragic — elements of Marie Antoinette’s story.


Musically, The Memoirs of Antonina is inspired by classical works of 18th-century Europe, and will be scored for an orchestra of approximately 30-50 players including woodwinds, brass, percussion and string orchestra.


In 2017, the opera’s act & scene structure, character/vocalist list, and song list were completed; and the libretto and musical score begun. In 2018, the libretto and musical score will be completed, with a first reading projected for late 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts (date/time TBA).


More info will be added in the weeks to come, both here on the news page and on the new Memoirs of Antonina mini-site:


http://www.marybichner.com/memoirsofantonina


Cheers to one and all and looking forward to this wonderful project! <3


Vento Chario Commission Complete


(Photo by: Joe Wallace Photography)


Exciting news — Mary’s commission from celebrated woodwind quintet Vento Chiaro is now complete! The two new works, “Boston Common” [C] and “King’s Chapel” [Ab], will be premiered by Vento Chiaro later in the year as part of their new mutli-year initiative, “The Boston Project”:


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 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. The works will be premiered later in 2018 by Vento Chiaro during an upcoming 20th anniversary season concert — more info on the premiere will be made available shortly!


To learn more about this amazing ensemble, please check out Vento Chiaro’s official website right here!:


http://www.ventochiaro.org


Thank you so much to Vento Chiaro for this wonderful collaboration, and looking forward to sharing this new music about Boston’s beautiful landscape! <3


Open Proposal: Composing an Orchestral Ballet for a National Company







Mary is excited to announce a new open proposal: she would be honored to compose a new narrative orchestral ballet of any length, in collaboration with a national ballet company!



Here is a dedicated website containing the proposal text, ballet-specific composition samples, testimonials from previous long-term collaborators, and Mary’s composer résumé, all in one place:



http://www.marybichner.com/ballet



And here is a post from Mary’s instagram account!:

Excited to announce an open proposal: I would be honored to compose a new narrative orchestral ballet of any length, in collaboration with a national ballet company! Many of you know how passionate I am about creating music for this beautiful art form, so I am beyond thrilled for this proposal to launch! In order share this info as widely as possible, I have created a dedicated website with my proposal text, ballet-specific composition samples, testimonials from previous long-term collaborators, and composer’s resume right here: http://www.marybichner.com/ballet — if you wouldn’t mind liking this post and/or sharing this link or video to spread the word, I would be so grateful! Thank you one and all, and I am looking forward to connecting with you! 🎶 #composer #ballet #dance #newballet #balletcompany #orchestra #orchestramusic #newmusic #classical #balletcomposer #balletmusic #dancemusic

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Thank you one and all for reading, and looking forward to connecting with you!


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


New Performance 03/10/18: “Colorful Concert” with Mary Bichner and Molly Zenobia at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey


( 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 have been invited to perform at the amazing Visual Arts Center of New Jersey on 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!:


http://www.artcenternj.org/2018/01/22/check-out-the-exhibitions-opening-on-february-2/


Looking forward to this rainbow-filled concert! <3


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!