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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


Update: May 26th UT FORTIS concert canceled; will be rescheduled for Spring 2021 due to COVID-19





Greetings everyone and hoping this message finds you safe and well. 💕



Due to the current COVID-19 world crisis, and to protect the health and safety of all of the concert’s audience members and staff, the “Ut Fortis” concert originally scheduled for May 26th has been canceled and will be rescheduled for the spring of 2021. For more information and updates, please visit the official site here:



https://utfortis.christinagoh.com/le-spectacle-international-ut-fortis-en-partenariat-avec-linstitut-de-touraine-reporte-au-printemps-2021



Mary is extremely grateful to composer, vocalist, musician, performer, and Ut Fortis founder Christina Goh for inviting her to take part in this incredible and meaningful concert series, and she looks forward to performing in the rescheduled spring 2021 show.



Wishing everyone good health and safety, and hope to see you all again soon!



New Concert: Performing as part of Christina Goh’s “UT FORTIS” on 05/26/20 in Tours, France





Mary is honored to be performing as part of UT FORTIS; a beautiful and meaningful evening of music and art created by composer, vocalist and instrumentalist Christina Goh.



The event will take place in Tours, France; and will feature performances and appearances by Christina Goh, Catherine Capozzi, Les Passeurs de Legendes, Maxime Perrin, Gotham A., Jacques Moury Beauchamp, and more.



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



https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ut-fortis-tickets-98307304795



Additional details coming soon — please stay tuned! We hope you will join us for UT FORTIS!


“Synesthesia Suite” Concert Series at the Museum of Science — Thank You!



Greetings, everyone! Here is a message from Mary about last month’s shows at the Museum of Science, Boston!:


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When your show is so fun that you forget to take a selfie! 💕 Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to everyone who joined us for this year's Synesthesia Suite, and to all of the amazing people that made it possible! It was an honor and a joy to perform for you as always! Huge and heartful thanks to everyone at the @museumofscience (including James, Jason, Jake, Caity, Mark, Dani, Darryl, and more!) for every aspect of this awesome collaboration, including the GORGEOUS new fulldome visuals (i LOVED them they were amazing! 😍🌈✨🎶); to the phenomenal Planetary Quartet (Sonia Deng / @shonegerr -violin, Anna Stromer / @annastromerr – viola I, Carrol Lee / @carrol.vla – viola II, and Timothy Paek / @homesliceablecellist – cello) for dazzling us all with their musical magic; to my fantastic assistant for the show @porcelaindalya and incredible hair/makeup artist extraordinaire @mayalandi for their extreme awesomeness, and to all who joined us in the audience for both shows! ❤️🎶✨🌈✨🎶 I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to experience this magical evening with all of you, and am VERY excited for the future of this series (more info on this soon! :)). Thank you so much again to one and all and YOU ROCK!! 💞✨🎶🌈♥️🎶✨🎸🎻🎻🎻🎻🎹🎤🌌♥️🌈💞❤️🌈♥️ (photo @anachronistique 📸💕) #MaryAtMOS #museumofscience #boston #synesthesia #visualmusic #planetarium #planetaryquartet #marybichnerandplanetaryquartet #violin #violinist #viola #violist #cello #cellist #somuchawesome #THANKYOU!💕💕💕

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February 27th Planetarium Show: 7:30pm Show Sold Out, 9:00pm Show Added


(Photo by: Jonathan Beckley)



Tickets for the 7:30pm of Mary Bichner and Planetary Quartet’s synesthesia-inspired concert at the Charles Hayden Planetarium on Thursday, February 27th have sold out, so the Museum of Science Boston has added a second show at 9:00pm for the same date! Tickets for this new 9:00PM show can be purchased via the following link (the Museum anticipates this 9:00pm show selling out as well so we highly recommend obtaining tickets in advance!):



http://www.mos.org/public-events/synesthesia-suite



Don’t miss this one-night-only immersive musical experience, featuring live performances of Bichner’s compositions paired with stunning visuals created by the Museum’s award-winning team that are directly inspired by Mary’s polymodal synesthesia, which will allow audience members to “hear” color and “see” sound just as Mary does when she listens to music.


Here is complete info on the show!:


02/27/20 “SYNESTHESIA SUITE” WITH MARY BICHNER AND PLANETARY QUARTET AT THE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE
When
: Thursday, February 27th 2020 @ 7:30pm & 9:00PM
Where: Charles Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Science, Boston (1 Science Park, Boston MA 02144)
Tickets: $20 General Admission
Ticket Link: https://mos.org/public-events/synesthesia-suite
FB Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/440307490192225
Performers: Mary Bichner (Composer / Vocals / Piano / Guitar), Sonia Deng (Violin), Anna Stromer (Viola I), Carrol Lee (Viola II), Timothy Paek (Cello)



Thank you one and all, and can’t wait to see you under the dome once more! <3


“Synesthesia Suite” Concert Series Returns to the Museum of Science on 02/27/20


As 2019 comes to a close and a new decade draws near, there is some exciting news to share: Mary Bichner and Planetary Quartet are THRILLED to be returning to the Charles Hayden Planetarium, in partnership with Boston’s Museum of Science, for the third installment of sold-out concert series of “Synesthesia Suite” on February 27th, 2020!


Don’t miss this one-night-only immersive musical experience, featuring live performances of Bichner’s compositions paired with stunning visuals created by the Museum’s award-winning team that are directly inspired by Mary’s polymodal synesthesia, which will allow audience members to “hear” color and “see” sound just as Mary does when she listens to music.


Here is complete info on the show!:


02/27/20 “SYNESTHESIA SUITE” WITH MARY BICHNER AND PLANETARY QUARTET AT THE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE
When
: Thursday, February 27th 2020 @ 7:30pm
Where: Charles Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Science, Boston (1 Science Park, Boston MA 02144)
Tickets: $20 General Admission
Ticket Link: https://mos.org/public-events/synesthesia-suite
FB Invite: (coming soon)
Performers: Mary Bichner (Composer / Vocals / Piano / Guitar), Sonia Deng (Violin), Anna Stromer (Viola I), Carrol Lee (Viola II), Timothy Paek (Cello)


(PLEASE NOTE: As all previous versions of this event have sold out weeks in advance, we HIGHLY recommend purchasing tickets in advance! Here is the ticket link!: https://mos.org/public-events/synesthesia-suite
Cheers to one and all, and looking forward to seeing you there! <3


Videos from “Synesthesia Suite” Concert Series on 04/04/19



Exciting news: videos from the April 4th “Synesthesia Suite” concert series have just been released online! Here are videos for both “Lost” and “Finale” — performed gorgeously by the wonderful Planetary Quartet — which feature two unique technologies displaying Mary’s synesthetic impressions of each song: incredible planetarium visuals created by the amazing Museum of Science Boston and multimedia artist/scientist Thomas Sanchez Lengeling; as well as sound-responsive, LED-infused garments created by the fantastic Neoperceptions Initiative at MIT, presented in partnership with both of these amazing organizations as well as the awesome Arizona State University!:





[ Music and lyrics by: Mary Bichner | Performed by: Mary Bichner (vocals/piano), Sonia Deng (violin), Anna Stromer (viola I), Dominick Douglas (viola II), and Timothy Paek (cello) | Planetarium visuals by: The Museum of Science, Boston | Garment design by: Siranush Babakhanova | Garment audio system by: Brodi Elwood | Garment lighting by: Thomas Sanchez Lengeling and Terry Kang | Software and hardware management by: Thomas Sanchez Lengeling and Brent Smith | Planetarium illumination by: Justin Pye and Brent Smith | MIT/ASU Scientific advisors: Frank Wilczek and Nathan Newman | Audio recorded and mixed by: Joel Simches | Video recorded by: Jonathan Beckley | Video edited by: Brandon Johnson / Allthingsharmony | Special thanks to: The Council for the Arts at MIT / CAMIT ]





[ Music and lyrics by: Mary Bichner | Performed by: Mary Bichner (vocals/piano), Sonia Deng (violin), Anna Stromer (viola I), Dominick Douglas (viola II), and Timothy Paek (cello) | Planetarium visuals by: Thomas Sanchez Lengeling | Garment design by: Siranush Babakhanova | Garment audio system by: Brodi Elwood | Garment lighting by: Thomas Sanchez Lengeling and Terry Kang | Software and hardware management by: Thomas Sanchez Lengeling and Brent Smith | Planetarium illumination by: Justin Pye and Brent Smith | MIT/ASU Scientific advisors: Frank Wilczek and Nathan Newman | Audio recorded and mixed by: Joel Simches | Video recorded by: Jonathan Beckley | Video edited by: Brandon Johnson / Allthingsharmony | Special thanks to: The Council for the Arts at MIT / CAMIT ]




Thank you to everyone who made this magical event possible and to all who joined us, and can’t wait for the next version of the “Synesthesia Suite” concert series in Autumn 2019 — more info to follow soon! <3



Pindrop Sessions Finale Concert & “Senses of Summer” World Premiere — Thank You!


(Photo by: Sam Brewer for WGBH)



A huge and heartfelt THANK YOU to all who joined us for last evening’s Pindrop Sessions season finale concert at Aeronaut Brewing Company! Mary is hugely grateful to Aeronaut, WGBH, WCRB, Tasting Counter, Phoenix, and soprano Margot Rood for bringing this magical event to life and inviting Mary to take part. This epic season finale included soprano-and-woodwind renditions of Samuel Barber’s “Knoxville: Summer of 1915”, David Maslanka’s “Quintet for Winds No. 3”, and the world premiere of Mary’s new work “The Senses of Summer” (all performed gorgeously by Phoenix and Margot Rood!); a beautiful (and delicious!) synesthesia-themed tasting menu created by the wonderful fine dining restaurant Tasting Counter; and more.



Here is a lovely gallery of photos from the event, featuring images by photographers Sam Brewer and Diana Hunt:



https://bit.ly/2Q5J234



Thanks so much to one and all, and wishing everyone a beautiful and synesthesia-filled summer! <3


05/05/19: World Premiere of “Senses of Summer” During Pindrop Sessions Season Finale Concert





It’s almost here! On May 5th 2019, Mary is honored that the amazing Phoenix and soprano Margot Rood will be premiering her new work “Senses of Sumer” during the Pindrop Sessions season finale; in partnership with Aeronaut Brewing Company, WGBH, WCRB, and Tasting Counter! The concert will feature an exciting program including Samuel Barber’s classic musical setting of James Agee’s “Knoxville: Summer of 1915”, a new musical setting of Agee’s text Mary has composed entitled “Senses of Summer” (with synesthetic elements worked into the score based on Agee’s descriptions), and more. For this concert, Pindrop has also teamed up for a special collaboration with the amazing Tasting Counter of Somerville, who will be creating an exquisite three-course tasting menu inspired by the synesthetic elements present in “Senses of Summer”!



More details on this show, including information for purchasing tickets, can be found below:



05/05/19: PINDROP SESSIONS PRESENTS “THE SENSES OF SUMMER”
When: Sunday, May 5th @ 7:00PM
Where: Aeronaut Brewing Company (14 Tyler Street, Somerville MA)
Tickets: $20-$55 — *GET TICKETS HERE* [21+]
Performers: Phoenix, Margot Rood



Thanks one and all, and looking forward to seeing everyone in May! <3


Photos from the “Synesthesia Suite” Concert Series on 04/04/19


(Photo by: Jonathan Beckley)



Hooray! The BEAUTIFUL photos from last week’s “Synesthesia Suite” concert series, shot by photographer extraordinaire Jonathan Beckley, are now online! You can view them via the “Synesthesia Suite: Constellations” page, or by checking out the gallery below!:


PHOTOS CREDITS: Photos by Jonathan Beckley. LED costumes and dome visuals for #1, #8, and #10-#11 by the Neoperception teams of MIT and ASU SciHub; dome visuals for #3-#7, #9, and #12 by the Museum of Science Boston. Featured performers: Mary Bichner (#1, #3-#4, #7, and #9), Sonia Deng (#3, #6, and #9), Anna Stromer (#2-#3, #6, #8, and #11-#12), Dominick Douglas (#3, #6, and #12), and Timothy Paek (#3, #5-#6, and #12).


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Thank you so much to Jonathan for these gorgeous photos; and to all of the amazing musicians, scientists, artists, organizations, and audience members who made “Synesthesia Suite” possible! <3