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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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Appearance: Mary Bichner with Universe Factory Games at BostonFIG on Saturday, Sept 23


(Photo credit: Boston Festival of Indie Games’ Facebook Page)



In addition to concert music, Mary also loves composing for video games! She recently created a score for “The Laboratory of Dr. Zome“, Universe Factory Games’ latest indie release, which will be on display at the Boston Festival of Indie Games 2017 this Saturday, September 23rd. If you’ll be at BostonFIG this weekend (Mary sure will be!), please stop by the Dr. Zome booth to say hello, and to try out the game! <3


For complete info on the Boston Festival of Indie Games — including ticket information, game titles, and more — please visit the BostonFIG website:



http://www.bostonfig.com


See you at the festival! <3


Concert Spotlight: Premiere of “Autumn Suite” with Chamber Orchestra at Mount Auburn Cemetery 11/04/17




On Thursday November 4th, join Mary Bichner and Planetary Orchestra for the final concert in Mary’s Mount Auburn Cemetery composer residency — and the world premiere of “Autumn Suite”!


For the past two years, Mary has served as composer-in-residence at the beautiful Mount Auburn Cemetery of Cambridge and Watertown, MA. Over the course of the residency, Mary composed twelve new pieces inspired by the cemetery’s beautiful landscape and landmarks at different times of year, and recorded the tracks alongside an 18-piece orchestra at WGBH Studios in Boston, MA. The tracks were released as a digital album entitled “Mount Auburn: Spring and Autumn Suites” on June 3rd, 2017 (you can download the album for free right here!).


The “Spirng Suite” was premiered live back in June, and the “Autumn Suite” will have its world premiere on Saturday November 4th, performed by Mary Bichner and Planetary Orchestra! This 19-person ensemble, in addition to the suite, will also perform several of Mary’s previous pop and classic works re-imagined for chamber orchestra, and a new piece entitled “Spiral” by guest composer Paula Albaneze.


Tickets are now available, and can be purchased here!:
http://mountauburn.org/mount-auburn-fall-suite/


And here is the FB invite!:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1795648524068262/


Looking forward to the autumn, and looking forward to seeing you there! <3

11/04/17 FINAL COMPOSER RESIDENCY CONCERT: PREMIERE OF “AUTUMN SUITES”
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: (performer announcements coming soon!)


Concert Spotlight: Mary Bichner and Planetary Quartet at the Museum of Science on 11/30/17 for “Synesthesia Suite: Constellations”




Greetings, one and all! Now that Mary’s 2017 Autumn/Winter concert dates have been announced, individual posts will be made on this blog to let you know all the awesome details! Here is one now!:


Join Mary Bichner and Planetary Quartet on Thursday, November 30th @ 7:30pm for a magical evening of strings, synesthesia, and starlight at the Museum of Science‘ Charles Hayden Planetarium! In this special concert, MBPQ will perform the world premiere of “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.


Best of all, these pieces will be accompanied by live synesthesia-influenced visuals on the Planetarium dome, allowing you to “hear” color and “see” sound just as Mary does when she listens to music!


Tickets are on sale now at the following link!:
https://www.mos.org/public-events/synesthesia-suite-constellations


And the Facebook invite is right here!:
https://www.facebook.com/events/269343276913837/


Hope you can join us — it’s sure to be a stellar evening! :D


11/30/17 MARY BICHNER AND PLANETARY QUARTET AT THE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE
When: Thursday, November 30th @ 7:30pm
Where: Charles Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Science, Boston (1 Science Park, Boston MA 02144)
Tickets: $20 General Admission (all-ages)
Ticket Link: https://www.mos.org/public-events/synesthesia-suite-constellations
FB Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/269343276913837/
Performers: Mary Bichner (Composer / Vocals / Piano), 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.


Autumn/Winter 2017 Concert Dates Announced

Happy almost-autumn, one and all!


Just a note to let you know that the dates for the first half of Mary’s 2017-2018 concert season have been announced. These events will include a pop-up concert celebrating Mount Auburn Cemetery’s 186th anniversary (Sept 24), a special guest appearance with Edgar Allan Poe (Oct 22), a composer residency concert with 19-piece orchestra at Mount Auburn Cemetery featuring the premiere of Mary’s “Mount Auburn: Autumn Suite” (Nov 4), and a Mary Bichner and Planetary Quartet concert at the Museum of Science’s Charles Hayden Planetarium featuring the premiere Mary’s forthcoming work, “Synesthesia Suite: Constellations” (Nov 30).


Individual postings for each concert with complete details will be made available on this page quite soon, but in the meantime you can obtain info on all of the concerts via the Performances page right here:


http://www.marybichner.com/performances


Thanks for reading and hope to see you there! <3


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!)