Mary is honored to be featured in National Geographic‘s “The Brain”, a new special edition of the magazine by science journalist Julia Sklar published on June 10th, 2022. In the article entitled “The Language of Synesthesia”, you can find information on Mary and her synesthetic composing style, including details on her two-year composer residency at Mount Auburn Cemetery of Cambridge, MA.
The article also contains several photos, including a gorgeous still by photographer Jonathan Beckley of Mary performing during 2019’s “Synesthesia Suite: Live” concert (in partnership with the Museum of Science Boston, Neoperceptions, and SciHub), featuring Neoperception’s breathtaking fiber-optic garments and dome visuals for the song “Lyra“; as well of some photos Mary took of her synesthetic composing tools (including her colored-in sheet music and favorite collection of synesthesia-hued pencils!).
Although not currently available to read online, you can obtain a print edition of the magazine via your local newsstand, or online retailers such as Amazon via the following link:
Thank you so much to Ms. Sklar and National Geographic for including Mary in this wonderful article and issue!
Greetings all! Two of Mary’s recent works are at last complete and now available for booking: the 10-12-minute mini ballet “Oh, the OF It All!”; and the 15-minute mini opera “Fair Isle”. Both works feature stunning libretti by the wonderful playwright John J King, who originally conceived of the pieces for his evening-length theatre work, “The Mementi Mori of Edward Gorey”.
Here is more information on both pieces!
“Oh, the OF It All!” is a new, as-yet-unpremiered “mini” orchestral ballet work by composer Mary Bichner and librettist John J King, celebrating American illustrator Edward Gorey’s fondness for the New York City Ballet and its legendary choreographer, George Balanchine. The work is arranged for a traditional mid-sized ballet orchestra consisting of: 2 flutes (flute + flute/piccolo), 2 oboes (oboe + oboe/English horn), 2 clarinets (clarinet + bass clarinet), 2 bassoons (bassoon + bassoon/contrabassoon), 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones (2 tenor + 1 bass), tuba, timpani, percussion (snare drum, triangle, gong), piano, celesta, harp, and string orchestra. You can watch a libretto text video of the piece, as well as take a look at its score and libretto, by visiting the “Oh, the OF It All!” page right here.
“Fair Isle” is a new, as-yet-unpremiered “mini” orchestral opera work by composer Mary Bichner and librettist John J King. Inspired by an episode in the life of American illustrator/author Edward Gorey, “Fair Isle” tells the tale of Ted (Edward Gorey) and Tom, two friends in the midst of a month-long trip through the Scottish Isles. With Tom, Ted’s heart swells like a storming sea, but – as Ted searches for the right words – Tom’s feelings remain firmly planted on earthy matters.This operatic work is approximately 15 minutes in length, and is orchestrated for: “Ted” (tenor vocalist, OR any singer with a range of D#3-A4), “Tom” (bass-baritone vocalist, OR any singer with range of either E2–E4 or A2–E4 [with five optional F#2+E2 notes]), “The Porter” (mezzo-soprano vocalist, OR any singer with a range of E#4-D#5), 1 flute, 1 oboe, 1 clarinet, 1 bassoon, 2 horns, timpani, harpsichord, and string orchestra. You can watch a libretto text video of the piece, as well as take a look at its score and libretto, by visiting the “Fair Isle” page right here.
For booking inquiries regarding these pieces, please contact either composer Mary Bichner ( info [at] marybichner [dot] com ) or librettist John J King ( johnjking80 [at] gmail [dot] com ).
Thank you one and all!
Hooray! All ten of Mary’s past recording releases — including albums, EPs, and singles from Mary as a solo artist as well as in collaboration with Box Five (her old rock band), Planetary Quartet (her current double-viola string quartet ensemble), and Mount Auburn Cemetery (where she served as composer-in-residence from 2016-2017) — are now on streaming services! Simply search “Mary Bichner” on your favorite streaming app such as Spotify, Amazon, Apple Music, Instagram, YouTubeMusic, Pandora, Snapchat, Tidal, TikTok, and more.
THANK YOU to all of the wonderful musicians, engineers, visual artists, and more that made all of these recordings possible, and brought them to life!
Wishing everyone a lovely week, and talk to you soon!
THANK YOU so much to everyone who joined Mary and Christina Goh at the Museum of Science Boston for Wednesday April 13th’s “Rencontres poétiques” concert! It was a joy to perform for you inside the Museum’s beautiful Omni Theater! And huge thanks to the Museum’s incredible visuals and live production teams, all of our wonderful partnering organizations in France (Muse & Ruse Production, Sabine Soury Poussard, the City of Tours and the Bibliothèque centrale de Tours, The Saché Castle et le Département de Touraine, National Union for Suicide Prevention France, Le Centre des Monuments Nationaux, & l’Office National des Forêts de France), and our special guest singer Mali Sastri for bringing this concert to life on stage and on the screen.
More media from the concert will be made available in the coming weeks, but until then, here are a few photos!:
And here is a re-cap of the concert, complete with photos, from composer and performer Christina Goh via her official website [in French with an English translation option]:
Thank you so much to one and all, and looking forward to the second performance of “Rencontres poétiques” in Tours, France in October 2022 (official date and info coming soon)!
Thank you so much to journalist James Bennett II of WGBH for including a write-up about April 13th’s “Rencontres Poétiques” concert in his article “The April Drop” on the GBH News site! You can check out the full article here:
Cheers to one and all, and looking forward to seeing you at the Mugar Omni Theater on April 13th for “Rencontres Poétiques”!
Greetings everyone and hoping this message finds you safe and well! <3 Posting today with some exciting news: Mary will be teaming up with the incredible French composer Christina Goh and the fantastic Museum of Science, Boston for an evening of poetry, music, and larger-than-life visuals in the Mugar Omni Theatre on Wednesday, April 13th! Bringing their international collaboration to Boston for the first time (they performed in Tours, France last year as part of Christina’s beautiful “Ut Fortis” concert), Mary and Christina will perform musical settings they’ve composed for famous poems in both French and English, including a world premiere from each composer. Inspired by the works of Yves Bonnefoy, Honoré de Balzac, Emily Dickinson, Phillis Wheatley, Marceline Desbordes-Valmore, Edgar Allan Poe, and more; each song will be set to original, immersive visuals developed specifically by the Museum’s award-winning artistic team for the Omni screen.
(This may also be a good time to let everyone know that Mary’s been studying French since June, and will be singing [and speaking!] a bit of French during the concert – be sure to attend to see how she fares! ;))
Here is complete info on the show!:
04/13/22 “RENCONTRES POETIQUES” WITH CHRISTINA GOH AT THE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE, BOSTON
When: Wednesday, April 13th 2022 @ 7:00PM
Where: The Mugar Omni Theater @ The Museum of Science, Boston (1 Science Park, Boston MA 02144)
Tickets: $20 in advance / $25 day of show [General Admission]
Ticket Link: https://www.mos.org/subspace/rencontres-poetiques
Performers: Mary Bichner ( Composer / Vocals / Piano ), Christina Goh ( Composer / Vocals )
Tickets are limited due to COVID restrictions, so purchasing tickets in advance is highly encouraged — you can do so right here!:
Cheers to one and all, and looking forward to seeing you there! <3
( Photo credit: page previews from the BBC Music website )
Mary is honored to have been interviewed for the November 2021 issue of BBC Music Magazine, as part of journalist Brian Wise’s new article about classical music in cemeteries. Entitled “A grave concern”, the article includes a passage detailing Mary’s two-year composer residency at the historic Mount Auburn Cemetery of Cambridge, MA, USA; as well as a photo of her performing with the wonderful Planetary Quartet during a Mount Auburn pop-up concert in the summer of 2016.
“A grave concern” features interviews with several other musical artists as well as cemetery specialists, including Mount Auburn Cemetery’s Director of Education and Visitor Services, Jessica Bussmann.
BBC Music Magazine can be found in-store at retailers such as Barnes and Noble, as well as via digital magazine subscription services such as Readly and Kindle Unlimited.
Thank you so much to Mr. Wise and BBC Music for including Mary in this fantastic article and issue!
(Update 01/01/21: now that the November 2021 issue is no longer in print, you can read the passage from the article that features Mary’s Mount Auburn Cemetery Residency right here.)
( Photo by: Christina Goh )
“Double Trinome”, the new EP by French composer, singer, and poet Christina Goh, is released today! The EP features special trio versions of two of Christina’s compositions, “C’est un jeu” (with musical guests G.K. Noland and Catherine Capozzi) and “Ut Fortis” (with musical guests Mary Bichner & David Perraudin). The EP is free and can be downloaded via the Christina Goh website right here:
And here is the press release, translated from French to English:
“Vocalists Christina Goh, Mary Bichner, GK Noland and guitarists David Perraudin and Catherine Capozzi cover two tracks from the Ut Fortis show. Double trinomial because in this opus, guitars and vocals express their emotions in the same way.
“To say thank you to all those who have followed over two years the realization of the international and solidarity show bringing together artists from totally different universes.
“Your choice: High resolution download directly and exclusively via the Ut Fortis site but also future listening on your favorite platforms.”
Mary recorded her vocals while visiting Tours, France in June 2021 for the “Ut Fortis” live concert.
THANK YOU so much to the wonderful Christina Goh for inviting Mary to collaborate on this beautiful EP, and we hope you all enjoy “Double Trinome”!
( Photo by: John J. King )
Mary is delighted to announce that she has just completed composing the music for THE MEMENTI MORI OF EDWARD GOREY, a shuffle play by John J. King inspired by the life and work of Edward St. John Gorey (1925-2000). The play consists of thirteen vignettes, each of a different genre that Gorey loved: from opera and ballet to hand puppets and silent film. For each performance, several sketches are selected and ordered by an audience volunteer – Tarot card reading style – resulting in a new performance each night. By casting nine actors as different versions of the artist, MEMENTI MORI explores the spectrum and fluidity of identity, artistry, and personhood, through a life.
Selected vignettes from MEMENTI MORI include:
*”Oh, the OF It All!”: A 10-12min orchestral ballet work celebrating Gorey’s obsession for the New York City Ballet and its legendary choreographer, George Balanchine. Orchestrated for 2 flutes (flute + flute/piccolo), 2 oboes (oboe + oboe/English horn), 2 clarinets (clarinet + bass clarinet), 2 bassoons (bassoon + bassoon/contrabassoon), 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones (2 tenor + 1 bass), tuba, timpani, percussion (snare drum, triangle, gong), piano, celesta, harp, and string orchestra.
*Fair Isle: A 12-15min orchestral opera work that tells the tale of Ted (Edward Gorey) and Tom, two friends in the midst of a month-long trip through the Scottish Isles. With Tom, Ted’s heart swells like a storming sea, but – as Ted searches for the right words – Tom’s feelings remain firmly planted on earthy matters. Orchestrated for: “Ted” (tenor vocalist, OR any singer with a range of D#3-A4), “Tom” (bass-baritone vocalist, OR any singer with range of either E2–E4 or A2–E4 [with five optional F#2+E2 notes]), “The Porter” (mezzo-soprano vocalist, OR any singer with a range of E#4-D#5), 1 flute, 1 oboe, 1 clarinet, 1 bassoon, 2 horns, timpani, harpsichord, and string orchestra.
Mary composed the bulk of MEMENTI MORI’s music from April 2020 to May 2021, and is currently putting the finishing touches on the score’s orchestration.
While originally intended as an evening-length theatre work, the individual scenes are also able to be performed as self-contained, stand-alone works of approximately 10-15 minutes each. For inquiries, please contact John or Mary at:
John J. King: jjk [at] j-rexplays [dot] com
Mary Bichner: info [at] marybichner [dot] com
Thank you so much to John King for inviting Mary to take part in this incredible project! More information will be available soon, so please stay tuned!
( Photo by: Jonathan Beckley Photography )
Greetings all! <3 Just a little note to let you know that Mary's string quartet-based compositions, for both traditional string quartet AND double-viola string quartet, are now available in the Sheet Music Shop. You can browse the string quartet scores -- as well as Mary's works for solo vocalist, vocal trio, and vocalist/piano -- by visiting the following link:
All scores are pay-what-you-wish. If you end up programming any of the works into your ensemble’s concert season, please do let Mary know! <3
Mary’s orchestra scores will be slowly added in the coming months. In the meantime, if there is a piece of Mary’s currently not listed in the shop that you’d like a copy of, please send her an email!
Thank you to one and all and wishing you a string-filled summer!