Mary is honored to announce that she is now fiscally sponsored by the wonderful Fractured Atlas! Fractured Atlas is a national arts organization that “empowers artists, arts organizations, and other cultural sector stakeholders by eliminating practical barriers to artistic expression, so as to foster a more agile and resilient cultural ecosystem.”
Here is a link to Mary’s Fractured Atlas page, where if interested you can make a donation to her work that will go directly to the creation of new music (including the continuation of Mary’s forthcoming opera, The Memoirs of Antonina ):
And, thanks to the kindness of Fractured Atlas, any donation made to Mary’s work through this platform is completely tax deductible, to the extent that is permitted by law in your home state or country.
Thank you so much to Fractured Atlas for this wonderful partnership, and to all who support independent music and the arts!
( Artwork and logo by: Chess Albaneze )
Happy Birthday to Marie Antoinette, and Happy #OperaWeek to one and all! In honor of both, the videos from Mary’s The Memoirs of Antonina opera preview concert have just premiered on her Youtube page! You can find a playlist featuring all eight songs from the concert right here:
And here are the links to each individual video:
Mary will also be highlighting excepts from the concert on her Instagram account throughout the month of November.
THANK YOU to all of the amazing artists who brought these new songs to life!: Helen Zhibing Huang (Marie Antoinette), Emily Thorner (Antonina), Neal Ferreira (Louis XVI), Junhan Choi (Jacques Hébert), Tim Ribchester (Music Director), Emma Terrell (Assistant Music Director), Porcelain Dalya (Assistant Stage Director/Actor), and Jesse Strachman, Michela Micalizio, and Ryan Huemmer (Actors)! And huge and heartful thanks to the awesome Allthingsharmony / Brandon Johnson for crafting these beautiful videos!
For more information on The Memoirs of Antonina, you can visit the opera’s mini-site right here:
Thank you to one and all — and Joyeux Anniversaire, Marie Antoinette! <3
( Photo by: Mount Auburn Cemetery)
Mary Bichner and Planetary Quartet are thrilled to return to Mount Auburn Cemetery to celebrate the restoration of Bigelow Chapel! This hour-long concert will feature a lively program, including Mary’s “Double Viola String Quartet in Eb” (which was inspired by Bigelow Chapel’s beautiful stained-glass windows — the very same newly-restored windows that will surround MBPQ as they perform!).The concert will take place on December 15th, 2018 at starting at 2:00PM; and after the hour-long concert, guests are invited to tour the Chapel.
Tickets to this all-ages event are free, though space is limited, so we highly recommend you reserve your tickets in advance right here!:
And here is complete info on the show!:
12/15/18: ROSE WINDOW CONCERT @ BIGELOW CHAPEL WITH MARY BICHNER AND PLANETARY QUARTET
When: Saturday, December 15th @ 2:00PM (doors at 1:30PM)
Where: Bigelow Chapel @ Mount Auburn Cemetery (580 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge MA)
Tickets: FREE (ticket required) — *GET TICKETS HERE*
Performers: Mary Bichner (vocals/piano), Sonia Deng (violin), Anna Stromer (viola I), Foxman McCarthy-James (viola II), Timothy Paek (cello)
Thank you so much to Mount Auburn Cemetery for inviting us to perform, and looking forward to the show! <3
( Photo credit: Allthingsharmony/Brandon Johnson )
Exciting news: the videos from Mary’s Memoirs of Antonina opera preview concert (crafted BEAUTIFULLY by the awesome Brandon Johnson of All Things Harmony) are almost here! The videos will be released via Mary’s YouTube account on Friday, November 2nd (Marie Antoinette’s birthday), BUT, for subscribers to Mary’s mailing list, a secret early link to the videos will be sent to all subscribers on Friday, Oct 19th — two weeks before the are released to the general public!
To sign up for Mary’s mailing list to obtain the early release of the videos, simply visit the following link:
And to learn more about this new opera inspired by Marie Antoinette of France, you can visit the MOA mini-site right here!:
THANK YOU to the amazing performers that made this concert such a dream (Helen Zhibing Huang – Marie Antoinette, Emily Thorner – Antonina, Neal Ferreira – Louis XVI, Junhan Choi – Jacques Hébert, Tim Ribchester – Music Director, Emma Terrell – Assistant Music Director, Porcelain Dalya – Assistant Stage Director/Actor, and Jesse Strachman, Michela Micalizio, and Ryan Huemmer – Actors), and looking forward to sharing these new videos with everyone shortly!
(Vento Chiaro. Photo Credit: Joe Wallace Photography)
Greetings, all! Mary will be taking a break from live performances while in residence at Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico from September through December 2018, but in the meantime, here are some performances featuring Mary’s music happening in the Boston area for autumn 2018!:
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09/30/2018: VENTO CHIARO’S FALL RECITAL @ WELLESLEY FREE LIBRARY
When: Sunday, September 30th @ 2:00PM
Where: Wellesley Free Library (530 Washington St., Wellesley MA 02482)
Tickets: FREE (all ages / no ticket required)
Details: Celebrated woodwind quintet Vento Chiaro presents their fall recital at the Wellesley Free Library! This performance will feature works by Chrétien, Fine, D’Rivera, Milhaud, and Bichner (2018’s “King’s Chapel”).
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10/10/2018-10/14/2018: “IMMERSIVE 360° FILM SCREENINGS – MUSEUM OF SCIENCE SHORTS” @ HUBWEEK FESTIVAL
When: Wednesday, October 10th through Sunday, October 14th @ 11:30AM (five screenings)
Where: Charles Hayden Planetarium @ the Musuem of Science (1 Science Park, Boston MA 02114)
Tickets: FREE (all ages / *registration required*)
Details: Part of the HUBweek Festival, this selection of immersive short films produced by the Museum of Science, Boston will be a 360° feast for the senses! Featuring a number of short films created by the Museum’s award-winning team, including two films set to the music of composer Mary Bichner (“Virgo” and “Double Viola String Quartet in Eb”) that were originally created for the sold-out “Synesthesia Suite: Constellations” concert series in 2017. There will be five showings between Wednesday Oct 10th and Sunday Oct 14th, all free! (Registration required).
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For complete details on each show, please visit the Performances page.
Thank you so much to the wonderful Vento Chiaro and Museum of Science, Boston for including Mary’s music in these awesome events! <3 And cheers to one and all, and happy fall! <3
( 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 her forthcoming opera, “The Memoirs of Antonina“, as well as several other projects TBA.
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!
THANK YOU to all who attended the “The Memoirs of Antonina” preview concert at Cambridge’s Central Square Theater Sept 2nd! It was an honor to have these new works premiered by such a phenomenal cast of talented musicians, and to share it with such an incredible audience. Here is an Instagram post with more info on the show!:
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Green room selfie with the entire cast of last eve's "The Memoirs of Antonina" preview concert, just before taking the stage! 🎶💕👑🎀🎹🎭✨ It was an honor to premiere these new works with such a talented group of artists. THANK YOU the amazing performers who brought these new recits and arias to life — Helen Zhibing Huang (Marie Antoinette), Emily Thorner (Antonina), Neal Ferreira (Louis XVI), Junhan Choi (Jacques Hébert) and Tim Ribchester (music director) and Emma Terrell (assistant music director); and our wonderful actors (Porcelain Dalya, Michela Micalizio, Ryan Huemmer, and Jesse Strachman). Huge and heartfelt thanks also to Lee Mikeska Gardner and Central Square Theater for giving us the opportunity to premiere these works in such a beautiful space, to Porcelain Dalya and her production assistant magic for making everything run like a dream onstage and off, and to the AWESOME audience who joined us for this sold-out show! 💕💕 I am so very grateful, and can't wait to continue working on the remaining songs and orchestration of the opera while in residence at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation later this month. Merci beaucoup (and hugs!!) to one and all! 💕🎶✨ #thememoirsofantonina #memoirsofantonina #opera #newopera #operaselfie #operalife #operaconcert #backstage #marieantoinette #louisxvi #jacqueshebert #antonina #newmusic #worldpremiere #soprano #lyricsoprano #coloraturasoprano #coloratura #tenor #baritone #aria #recitative #rococo #centralsquaretheater #helenewurlitzerfoundation #concert #mercibeaucoup #thankyou
Later this month, Mary will be traveling to New Mexico for a three-month composer residency at the prestigious Helene Wurlizter Foundation in order to continue working on the opera’s composition and orchestration. Video from this concert will also be made available soon!
Thanks so much again to Central Square Theater and Nora Theater Company, our wonderful cast, and everyone who joined us for this performance. Wishing everyone a beautiful autumn and looking forward to sharing more updates on “The Memoirs of Antonina”!
Mary is honored to have been interviewed by the Massachusetts Cultural Council for their ArtSake blog! In this post for MCC’s nano-interview series; Mary chats about synesthesia, upcoming musical projects, and her favorite (and least favorite!) seasons of the year. Check out the interview right here!:
Thank you so much to the MCC for this wonderful interview series!
(PS – The Sept 2 concert preview for Mary’s new opera, The Memoirs of Antonina, is almost here! Click here for full info as well as tickets!:
( Logo artwork by: Chess Albaneze)
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 tract 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.
This autumn, Mary will be headed to a composer residency at the prestigious Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico in order to continue working on the opera, but before she goes, she is excited to announce a very special Memoirs of Antonina preview concert in partnership with The Nora Theatre Company and Central Square Theater! The performance will take place on Sunday, September 2nd @ 7:00PM at the beautiful Central Square Theater of Cambridge, MA; and will feature the world premiere of five arias and three recitatives from the new opera. Starring Helen Zhibing Huang as Marie Antoinette, Emily Thorner as Antonina, Neal Ferreira as Louis XVI, and Junhan Choi as Jacques Hébert, with music direction by Berlin-based conductor and vocal coach Tim Ribchester.
Tickets are available via this link, thanks to the generosity of The Nora and CST, all tickets will be free!
And here is complete info on the show!:
09/02/18: “THE MEMOIRS OF ANTONINA” OPREA PREVIEW CONCERT
When: Sunday, Sepetember 2nd @ 7:00PM (doors @ 6:30PM)
Where: Central Square Theater (450 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge MA 02139)
Tickets: FREE (ticket required) — *GET TICKETS HERE*
Performers: Helen Zhibing Huang (Marie Antoinette), Emily Thorner (Antonina), Neal Ferreira (Louis XVI), Junhan Choi (Jacques Hébert), Tim Ribchester (music director).
Wishing everyone a magical August, and see you at the opera! <3
Greetings all! A brand new Kickstarter for “Agents of the Realm“, the EXTRA AWESOME magical girl graphic novel series by illustrator and author Mildred Louis, is now online! This campaign will fund the printing of the long-awaited “Agents of the Realm” Volume 2 softcover book, as well as a reprint of the now-sold out “Agents of the Realm” Volume I softcover. Mary, who is a diehard AotR fan, was VERY excited to get to compose the music for this Kickstarter’s pitch video, which you can watch at the link above!
For more information on this fantastic Kickstarter and its rewards, check out the official page right here:
And to learn more about “Agents of the Realm”, and the exquisite art of Mildred Louis, here are the links!:
Cheers all and wishing everyone a magical summer! <3