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Tickets now available for “Rencontres Poétiques” Concert on October 20th; “Un Autre Angle” Lecture Announced for October 22nd [Tours, France]

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Tickets and complete details are now available for the Tours, France edition of “Rencontres poétiques“; the collaborative poetry-inspired concert series of Mary Bichner and Christina Goh!

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This second concert in the series will take place on Thursday, October 20th 2022 @ 19:15 CET (with a special pre-show multi-sensory experience beginning when doors open @ 18:30 CET) at Le Centre Musical Ockeghem (15 Pl. de Châteauneuf 37000 Tours, France), and will be hosted by the The City of Tours as part of “Semaines d’information sur la santé mentale“. Mary and Christina will perform their settings of famous poems in both French and English, including European premieres from both composers. The concert will also feature special guests baroque lyric soprano Betsabée Haas, medieval troupe Passeurs de Légendes, and poetic association Art et Poésie de Touraine.

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Tickets for the event are free with advance reservation, and can be obtained via the following link:

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https://my.weezevent.com/rencontres-poetiques

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And you can learn more about the concert from the official “Semaines d’information sur la santé mentale” right here:

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https://www.semaines-sante-mentale.fr/event/rencontres-poetiques/

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Additionally, on October 22nd 2022 at 16:30 CET, Mary and Christina will participate with photographer Yann Layma in “Un Autre Angle”, a lecture taking place at the Bibliothèque Centrale de Tours. More information can be found here, on the library’s website:

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http://www.bm-tours.fr/Default/doc/AGENDA/1863/un-autre-angle-avec-mary-bichner-christina-goh-yann-layma

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Wishing everyone a wonderful autumn season, and looking forward to seeing you this October for “Rencontres poétiques“!

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New Concert: “Rencontres Poétiques” with Christina Goh at Le Centre Musical Ockeghem in Tours, France on October 20th 2022

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Composers Christina Goh and Mary Bichner are excited to announce that Rencontres Poétiques, their collaborative poetry-inspired concert series, will be returning to the stage on October 20th, 2022! This second installment of the concert will take place at the historic Centre Musical Ockeghem located in Tours, France; and will be free to the public with advance reservation. The City of Tours will be the official host of the concert.

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Further details including start times, ticket reservations, and additional partnering organizations will be announced soon! 

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Thank you so much to Christina Goh and The City of Tours for this wonderful concert, and looking forward to October!


“Rencontres Poétiques” Concert — Thank You!





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]:



https://conceptmusic.christinagoh.com/rencontres-poetiques



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)!



April 13th “Rencontres Poétiques” Concert Write-Up on WGBH News Site







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:



https://www.wgbh.org/news/lifestyle/2022/04/01/the-april-drop-from-spinning-wax-to-waxing-poetic




Cheers to one and all, and looking forward to seeing you at the Mugar Omni Theater on April 13th for “Rencontres Poétiques”!



New Concert: “Rencontres Poétiques” with Composer Christina Goh at Boston’s Mugar Omni Theater April 13th

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 POÉTIQUES” 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!:

https://www.mos.org/subspace/rencontres-poetiques

Cheers to one and all, and looking forward to seeing you there! <3


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


SubSpace Session Virutal Synesthesia Premieres Tonight – and a Special Request <3

Here is a message from Mary!:


‘[UPDATE on 6/21/20: Although the premiere has passed, the show will be online permanently — you can watch it any time via the link below! <3 Thank you SO much to the Museum of Science Boston, #MOSathome, and the Lowell Institute for making this incredible virtual concert series possible, and for inviting me to collaborate with them! <3]


Greetings everyone! I wanted to post a message to let you know that my SubSpace Session virtual concert, in collaboration with the amazing Museum of Science Boston, airs this evening, Thursday June 18th at 7:30pm EST! This virtual concert is completely free, and will feature five of my compositions (performed previously by myself as well as my fantastic friends from Planetary Quartet and East Coast Scoring Orchestra) paired with stunning music videos created by the Museum’s award-winning planetarium team. As with our previous live collaborations, the imagery in each video will be directly inspired by my synesthesia, allowing you to “see” the synesthetic colors I experience when performing my music. Here is the link where you can watch the show, which will go live at 7:30PM EST!:







And here is the direct link to the YouTube page!:



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3y4rZJIoVM



I also wanted to write you with a special request: If you are planning on attending this virtual concert (or even if you can’t make it), it would mean so much to me if you would pledge to join me in taking at least one concrete action in support of Black Lives Matter and antiracism this week. If you want to help but are unsure of how, here is a WONDERFUL list of resources by the awesome Patricia Elzie that I am very grateful for which includes links for petitions, donations, antiracism reading lists and much much more — thank you Patricia for this fantastic list!:



https://theinfophile.substack.com/p/volume-1-resources-9-anti-racist



Thank you to one and all, and sendings lots of love!



Sincerely,
Mary <3


New Virtual Concert: SubSpace Session with The Museum of Science, Boston on June 18th


(Photo by: Jonathan Beckley)



Greetings all and hope that you are safe and well!



Mary is honored to announce that she will be collaborating once more with the amazing Museum of Science, Boston for an incredible virtual music experience on Thursday June 18th, as part the SubSpace Sessions and #MOSathome.



The event will feature five of Mary’s compositions (performed previously by Mary and her wonderful friends from Planetary Quartet and East Coast Scoring Orchestra) paired with stunning music videos created by the Museum’s award-winning planetarium team. Much like previous live collaborations with the Museum, the imagery in each video will be directly inspired by Mary’s synesthesia, allowing the viewer to “see” the synesthetic colors Mary experiences when performing her music.



Best of all, this concert will be free and viewable anywhere in the world via the Museum’s website!



More details will follow soon, but in the meantime feel free to visit the following link for more info and to register for the event: 


https://www.eventbrite.com/e/subspace-sessions-mary-bichner-tickets-106157790810



THANK YOU so much to the amazing Museum of Science team for inviting Mary to take part in this exciting collaboration, to the awesome Planetary Quartet and East Coast Scoring Orchestra, and to all who will join us virtually on June 18th — can’t wait to connect with you all soon! <3