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Interviewed for the November 2021 Issue of BBC Music Magazine


( 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!



Guest Singer on Christina Goh’s “Double Trinome”, Released Today


( 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:



https://utfortis.christinagoh.com/deux-trios-pour-lespoir-et-un-opus



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”!



Composer for John J. King’s “The Mementi Mori of Edward Gorey”


( 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!


String Quartet Compositions Now in the Sheet Music Shop


( 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:


https://www.marybichner.com/shop/



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 over the rest of 2021. 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!



Christina Goh’s “Ut Fortis” Project in French Newspaper La Nouvelle République; Concert Rebroadcast by TV Tours Val de Loire on July 11th




On June 23rd 2021, the French newspaper La Nouvelle République published a write-up on Christina Goh’s powerful and meaningful live concert centered on the topic of suicide prevention, the “Ut Fortis” project. Mary is honored to be mentioned in the article, which discusses “Ut Fortis” as well as Christina’s and Mary’s music work together.



Here a link to the original article in French:
https://www.lanouvellerepublique.fr/tours/musique-en-couleur-pour-prevenir-le-suicide



And here is an English translation of the article:



“On June 9, the VIES 37 network (Living and intervening together in the face of suicide) organized a masterclass at the Institut de Touraine with Mary Bichner, guest composer of the Ut Fortis artistic project. Originally from Boston, she is the author of the Synesthesia Suite, with the Boston Museum of Sciences, and the composer of the opera The Memoirs of Antonina on Queen Marie Antoinette. In this context, a series of poetry workshops were conducted by the poet Christina Goh, initiator of Ut Fortis, with the students of the Institute. This is the first time that they have been together on stage in France, brought together by this solidarity project for suicide prevention. Colors are everywhere in the creations of Mary Bichner, synaesthete, synaesthesia being that particularity that allows some people to “see” music, to associate letters or tastes with colors. The final show will be broadcast in July, and from September, made available free of charge and on request to structures that so wish. — http://www.utfortis.com



As mentioned in the write-up, a televised re-broadcast of the concert will air on TV Tours Val de Loire on Sunday, July 11th at 2:45PM Eastern Time [ET] / 8:45PM Central European Summer Time [CEST]; featuring performances by Christina Goh, Catherine Capozzi, Gotham Aymar, G.K, Les Passeurs de Legendes, Maxime Perrin, Noah Preminger, Jacques Moury Beauchamp, and Mary Bichner. You’ll be able to stream the broadcast on July 11th @ 2:45PM ET / 8:45PM CEST via TVTours website right here:



https://www.tvtours.fr/



Thank you so much to La Nouvelle République for this article, and for spreading the word about “Ut Fortis”! And thank you so much to TV Tours Val de Loire for bringing “Ut Fortis” to the airwaves — we hope you will join us for the broadcast!



Travelogue: Ut Fortis Concert June 11, Institut de Touraine Masterclass June 9, and Studio Concept Prod Recording Session June 8 in Tours, France


(“Ut Fortis” Concert Finale / Photo by: Sabine Soury-Poussard)


From June 5th-13th 2021, Mary was honored to visit the city of Tours, France to perform in composer Christina Goh’s Ut Fortis concert; a multi-media, multi-artist event centered on the important topic of suicide prevention. While in Tours, Mary was also honored to give a presentation of her work at the Institut de Touraine as part of their masterclass series, as well as record vocals for the Christina Goh song “Ut Fortis” at David Perraudin’s Studio Concept Prod. Here are some photos from the week:




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JUNE 8TH, 2021: “UT FORTIS” RECORDING SESSION AT DAVID PERRAUDIN’S STUDIO CONCEPT PROD:


(Christina Goh records the French-language verse of her composition, “Ut Fortis”)



(Mary records the English-language verse of the Christina Goh composition, “Ut Fortis”)



(A post-recording session selfie with Julien Legado, Gotham Aymar, David Perraudin, and Christina Goh!)



JUNE 9TH, 2021: “COMPOSITION AND SYNESTHESIA” MASTERCLASS PRESENTATION AT THE INSTITUT DE TOURAINE

(Top photo: Mary meets with the Institut’s president, Thierry Peltreau / Middle photo: Masterclass at the Institut de Touraine / Bottom photo: A post-event party with new friends at the Institut!)



JUNE 11TH, 2021: “UT FORTIS” CONCERT AT THE UNIVERSITÉ DE TOURS

(Photo by: Sabine Soury-Poussard)



(Photo by: Sabine Soury-Poussard)



(Photo by: Sabine Soury-Poussard)



(Photo by: Sabine Soury-Poussard)



(Photo by: Sabine Soury-Poussard)



(Photo by: Sabine Soury-Poussard)


For even more photos from the “Ut Fortis” concert by the wonderful Sabine Soury-Poussard, please visit the official page right here!




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THANK YOU so much to Christina Goh, VIES 37, the Institut de Touraine, the Université de Tours, Thierry Peltreau, Gotham Aymar, G.K, Catherine Capozzi, everyone in the amazing group Les Passeurs de Legendes, Maxime Perrin, Noah Preminger, Jacques Moury Beauchamp, filmmaker Baptiste Auffray and his team, lighting designer Eric Lachery and his team, the Université de Tours audio team, David Perraudin, Julien Legado, IoT translators Ruby and Chandra, all of the IoT staff and students, and everyone who joined us for the week’s events! It was a joy and an honor to share this time with you!




Merci beaucoup! <3



Performing as part of Christina Goh’s “UT FORTIS” Concert on June 11th at the Université de Tours + Masterclass June 9th at the Institut de Touraine in Tours, France





Mary is honored to be performing as part of UT FORTIS; a beautiful and meaningful musical event centered on the topic of suicide prevention that was created by composer, vocalist and instrumentalist Christina Goh. UT FORTIS is presented in partnership with the Institut de Touraine and Réseau VIES 37.







The event will take place at the Université de Tours in Tours, France on June 11th, 2021; and will feature performances and appearances by Christina Goh, Catherine Capozzi (virtual appearance), Gotham Aymar, G.K, Les Passeurs de Legendes, Maxime Perrin, Noah Preminger, Jacques Moury Beauchamp, and more.



Tickets are free, and can be obtained via the following link:



https://www.eventbrite.com/e/inscription-ut-fortis-lhistoire-musicale-dune-lutte-interieure-153189886073



Earlier that same week, on June 9th, Mary is also honored to be a guest of the Institut de Touraine’s Masterclass series, where she will discuss her synesthesia and its influence on her compositions.



THANK YOU so much to the wonderful Christina Goh and the Institut de Touraine for inviting Mary to take part in these very special events.



Lots of love to one and all, and hope to see you soon <3


“Lyra” Single Released Today


(Album art by: Kristilyn Ink)





Guess what — “Lyra” is released today! You can download it as an MP3 via pay-what-you-wish-pricing (featuring AMAZING album art by the incredible Kristilyn Ink) on Mary’s Bandcamp page, watch the GORGEOUS video created for it by the Museum of Science Boston’s award-winning planetarium team on Mary’s YouTube page, and download the sheet music (also via pay-what-you-wish pricing) at the Sheet Music Shop.


“Lyra” is a pop song for alto, piano, and double-viola string quartet about recognizing someone in your present as being a soulmate from a past life, but living with the pain of THEM not recognizing YOU (which seemed a fitting theme for Valentine’s Day). The chords used in the song are meant to synesthetically match the colors of the stars found in the Lyra constellation, as well as the Ring Nebula, via Mary’s personal synesthesia color palette.


“Lyra” was composed as part of Mary’s ongoing collaboration with the incredible Museum of Science, Boston as part of their Synesthesia Suite: Live concert series, and was premiered at the Charles Hayden Planetarium on November 30th 2017. Here’s the BEAUTIFUL video that the Museum’s award-winning planetarium team made for the 2017 concert, which you can now view anytime you want on Youtube!:





Thanks to one and all, wishing you a space-y Valentine’s Day, and hope you enjoy “Lyra”! <3


New Single, “Lyra”, To Be Released on Feburary 14th

Photos by Jonathan Beckley (www.jonathanbeckley.com)




Sunday, February 14th 2021 will bring the release “Lyra”; a pop song for alto, piano, and double-viola string quartet about recognizing someone in your present as being a soulmate from a past life, but living with the pain of THEM not recognizing YOU (which seemed a fitting theme for Valentine’s Day). The chords used in the song are meant to synesthetically match the colors of the stars found in the Lyra constellation, as well as the Ring Nebula, via Mary’s personal synesthesia color palette.


“Lyra” was composed as part of Mary’s ongoing collaboration with the incredible Museum of Science, Boston as part of their Synesthesia Suite: Live concert series, and was premiered at the Charles Hayden Planetarium on November 30th 2017.


Staring Feburary 14th, you will be able to download the track (featuring gorgeous album art by the incredible Kristilyn Ink) on Mary’s Bandcamp page, watch the synesthesia-inspired music video (created by the amazing planetarium team at Museum of Science, Boston) on Mary’s YouTube page, and download the sheet music (so you can make your own cover version, if you wanna) via the sheet music shop. Both the audio track and sheet music will be via pay-what-you-wish pricing, and links will posted here on the news page starting at midnight on the 14th.


Thanks to one and all, and wishing you a space-y Valentine’s Day! <3


Sheet Music Shop Now Open


(photo by: Mount Auburn Cemetery)



Happy New Year, everyone! A bit of a surprise — the Mary Bichner Sheet Music Shop is now open and online! You can access the shop via the following link:



https://www.marybichner.com/shop



Currently listed in the shop are twenty of Mary’s pop and classical works for soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, and/or baritone with piano; SATB vocal ensemble or choir; as well as a few chamber music works for double-viola string quartet and woodwind quintet. Large ensemble and orchestra works will also be added in the coming months!



Best of all, all scores are available via pay-what-you-wish pricing (including free). Woohoo! <3


Happy New Year to one and all, and hoping your 2021 is filled with health, happiness, and — of course — music!