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“Ut Fortis” to air via TV Tours Val de Loire on Sunday July 11th at 2:45PM ET / 8:45PM CEST





“Ut Fortis”, composer Christina Goh’s powerful multimedia concert centered on the topic of suicide prevention, 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]. The live event, which originally took place on June 11th 2021 at the Université de Tours, features 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 TV Tours Val de Loire for bringing “Ut Fortis” to the airwaves, and we hope you will join us for the broadcast!



Christina Goh’s “Ut Fortis” Project in French Newspaper La Nouvelle République




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 rebroadcast of the “Ut Fortis” concert will air in July 2021. More information on this rebroadcast will be made available shortly!



Thank you so much to La Nouvelle République for this article, and for spreading the word about “Ut Fortis”! <3


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


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