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May 6th, 2018: Premiere of “Boston Common” and “King’s Chapel” during Vento Chiaro’s inaugural concert of “The Boston Project”


Celebrated woodwind quintet Vento Chiaro presents the inaugural concert of “The Boston Project”! This performance will feature works by Beach, Bernstein and Maslanka; as well as a pair of synesthesia-inspired world premieres by composer Mary Bichner, “Boston Common” and “King’s Chapel”, commissioned by Vento Chiaro.


Here are the details!:


05/06/18: VENTO CHIARO’S “THE BOSTON PROJECT” AT FOREST HILLS CEMETERY
When: Sunday, May 6th @ 3:00PM
Where: Forsyth Chapel @ Forest Hills Cemetery (95 Forest Hills Ave, Boston, MA 02130)
Tickets: Adults – $20, Students/Seniors – $10, Children Under 10 – free
Ticket Link: http://ventochiaro.org/inaugural-concert/
Performers: Ona Jonaityte (flute), Elizabeth England (oboe), Chi-Ju Juliet Lai (clarinet), Anne Howarth (french horn), Sam Childers (bassoon)


Thank you so much to Vento Chiaro for this wonderful collaboration, and looking forward to the concert! <3


This Saturday, 03/10/18: “Colorful Concert” with Mary Bichner and Molly Zenobia at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey


( Artwork Credits, from L to R: 1. Gabriele Evertz // Clearing / Lichtung, 2017 // Acrylic on canvas, 72 x 72 in. // Courtesy of the artist and Minus Space, Brooklyn, NY ||| 2. Richard Garrison // Circular Color Scheme: Target, May 22-28, 2016, Pages 1 & 1A. “Cute Combos/Picnic Pick-Ups,” 2016 // Watercolor, gouache and graphite on paper, 12 x 12 in. // Courtesy of the artist and Robert Henry Contemporary, Brooklyn, NY ||| 3. Paul Corio // Regal Strike, 2017 // Acrylic on canvas, 96 x 84 in. // Courtesy of the artist and McKenzie Fine Art, New York, NY ||| All photos courtesy of the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey )


Mary is thrilled to be performing at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey this Saturday, March 10th @ 6:00pm, alongside fellow synesthetic composer Molly Zenobia, for VACNJ’s Concert in the Gallery series! Entitled “Colorful Concert”, this performance will celebrate three new VACNJ exhibitions: “Radiant Energy“, “Richard Garrison: All-consuming“, and “Stair-gazing: Paul Corio“. All three exhibitions focus on visual artists whose work centers around color and color theory.


As part of “Colorful Concert”, Mary and Molly will each perform their own synesthesia-inspired musical set amidst these beautiful works of art, as well as discuss how they use color to inspire their individual composition processes, followed by a Q&A wine reception. It’s sure to be a magical evening! <3

Now moving into its ninth decade, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is dedicated to the mission of bringing art and people together. This mission is fulfilled by the best in contemporary art exhibitions, a robust Studio School operating a four semester schedule, public programs ranging from the annual Talking Pictures Film Series to Art Afternoons that allow the public to interact with exhibiting artists, and outreach programs for seniors, at-risk youth and children, and adults with disabilities.


Here are complete details for the concert, including where to purchase tickets!:


03/10/18: “COLORFUL CONCERT” AT THE VISUAL ARTS CENTER OF NEW JERSEY
When
: Saturday, March 10th @ 6:00PM-8:00PM
Where: Visual Arts Center of New Jersey (68 Elm Street, Summit, NJ 07901)
Tickets: $10 (General Admission)
Ticket Link: HERE
Performers: Mary Bichner (vocals, piano), Molly Zenobia (vocals, piano)


And here is the official exhibitions page from the VACNJ website, featuring more information on these wonderful visual artists and artworks!:


http://www.artcenternj.org/2018/01/22/check-out-the-exhibitions-opening-on-february-2/


Looking forward to this rainbow-filled concert! <3


Vento Chario Commission Complete


(Photo by: Joe Wallace Photography)


Exciting news — Mary’s commission from celebrated woodwind quintet Vento Chiaro is now complete! The two new works, “Boston Common” [C] and “King’s Chapel” [Ab], will be premiered by Vento Chiaro later in the year as part of their new mutli-year initiative, “The Boston Project”:


To celebrate their 20th anniversary season, Vento Chario has begun a new series entitled “The Boston Project”, a “multi-year exploration of what it means to be of a place, and woven into the musical fabric of that place”. As part of The Boston Project, VC commissioned Mary to write two new pieces inspired by Boston Common and King’s Chapel, using her sound-to-color synesthesia to select the keys and chords that best “match” the palette of each location. The works will be premiered later in 2018 by Vento Chiaro during an upcoming 20th anniversary season concert — more info on the premiere will be made available shortly!


To learn more about this amazing ensemble, please check out Vento Chiaro’s official website right here!:


http://www.ventochiaro.org


Thank you so much to Vento Chiaro for this wonderful collaboration, and looking forward to sharing this new music about Boston’s beautiful landscape! <3


Videos From Mount Auburn Cemetery Composer Residency Concerts Now Online


Hooray! The wonderful Mount Auburn Cemetery has just released a collection of live videos from Mary’s 2016-2017 composer residency, including videos from the spring and autumn chambers orchestra concerts, on the Mount Auburn Vimeo page. Here are some faves!:













You can view the full collection right here:



https://vimeo.com/album/4962771



Many thanks to Mount Auburn Cemetery, videographer Jeremy Meserve, and all of the amazing orchestra musicians for collaborating on these lovely videos! <3


New Performance 03/10/18: “Colorful Concert” with Mary Bichner and Molly Zenobia at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey


( Artwork Credits, from L to R: 1. Gabriele Evertz // Clearing / Lichtung, 2017 // Acrylic on canvas, 72 x 72 in. // Courtesy of the artist and Minus Space, Brooklyn, NY ||| 2. Richard Garrison // Circular Color Scheme: Target, May 22-28, 2016, Pages 1 & 1A. “Cute Combos/Picnic Pick-Ups,” 2016 // Watercolor, gouache and graphite on paper, 12 x 12 in. // Courtesy of the artist and Robert Henry Contemporary, Brooklyn, NY ||| 3. Paul Corio // Regal Strike, 2017 // Acrylic on canvas, 96 x 84 in. // Courtesy of the artist and McKenzie Fine Art, New York, NY ||| All photos courtesy of the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey )


Mary is thrilled to have been invited to perform at the amazing Visual Arts Center of New Jersey on Saturday, March 10th @ 6:00pm, alongside fellow synesthetic composer Molly Zenobia, for VACNJ’s Concert in the Gallery series! Entitled “Colorful Concert”, this performance will celebrate three new VACNJ exhibitions: “Radiant Energy“, “Richard Garrison: All-consuming“, and “Stair-gazing: Paul Corio“. All three exhibitions focus on visual artists whose work centers around color and color theory.


As part of “Colorful Concert”, Mary and Molly will each perform their own synesthesia-inspired musical set amidst these beautiful works of art, as well as discuss how they use color to inspire their individual composition processes, followed by a Q&A wine reception. It’s sure to be a magical evening! <3

Now moving into its ninth decade, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is dedicated to the mission of bringing art and people together. This mission is fulfilled by the best in contemporary art exhibitions, a robust Studio School operating a four semester schedule, public programs ranging from the annual Talking Pictures Film Series to Art Afternoons that allow the public to interact with exhibiting artists, and outreach programs for seniors, at-risk youth and children, and adults with disabilities.


Here are complete details for the concert, including where to purchase tickets!:


03/10/18: “COLORFUL CONCERT” AT THE VISUAL ARTS CENTER OF NEW JERSEY
When
: Saturday, March 10th @ 6:00PM-8:00PM
Where: Visual Arts Center of New Jersey (68 Elm Street, Summit, NJ 07901)
Tickets: $10 (General Admission)
Ticket Link: HERE
Performers: Mary Bichner (vocals, piano), Molly Zenobia (vocals, piano)


And here is the official exhibitions page from the VACNJ website, featuring more information on these wonderful visual artists and artworks!:


http://www.artcenternj.org/2018/01/22/check-out-the-exhibitions-opening-on-february-2/


Looking forward to this rainbow-filled concert! <3


360° Videos from “Synesthesia Suite: Constellations” Project

Thank you to the amazing Museum of Science, Boston for creating these wonderful 360° videos for Mary Bichner and Planetary Quartet’s “Synesthesia Suite: Constellations” collaboration with MoS! Both videos feature dreamy synesthesia-inspired imagery created by the Museum’s award-winning planetarium team, which premiered during the “Synesthesia Suite: Constellations” concerts at the Charles Hayden Planetarium on November 30th, 2017:



[ Produced by Charles Hayden Planetarium, Museum of Science, Boston Composed & Arranged by Mary Bichner / Lyrics by Dante Alighieri (Sonnet from Chapter 21 of Dante’s “La Vita Nuova”, translated by Lorna de’Lucchi) / Performed by Mary Bichner (vocals), Tudor Dornescu (violin), Anna Stromer (viola I), Carrol Lee (viola II), Alan Toda-Ambaras (cello) / Audio by Mary Bichner (vocals/synths recording), Kyle Rassmussen (live strings recording), Peter Moore (mixing/mastering) / Special thanks to Marble House Project (Dorset, VT) ]



[ Produced by Charles Hayden Planetarium, Museum of Science, Boston / Composed & Arranged by Mary Bichner / Music from “Mount Auburn: Spring and Autumn Suites” / Performed by Katharina Giegling (violin), Christopher McClain (viola I), Carrol Lee (viola II), Aron Zelkowicz (cello) / Audio by Antonio Oliart Ros (recording), Peter Moore (mixing/mastering) / Commissioned by Mount Auburn Cemetery (Cambridge, MA) / Special thanks to Mount Auburn Cemetery (Cambridge, MA) ]


Thank you so much to The Museum of Science Boston, Mount Auburn Cemetery, Marble House Project, and to all of the wonderful musicians and artists who made these videos possible! <3


New Commission: Collaboration with Vento Chiaro for “The Boston Project”


(Photo by: Joe Wallace Photography)


Mary is honored to announce her latest collaboration — a commission for two new works by renowned Boston wind quintet, Vento Chiaro!



To celebrate their 20th anniversary season, Vento Chario has begun a new series entitled “The Boston Project”, a “multi-year exploration of what it means to be of a place, and woven into the musical fabric of that place”. As part of The Boston Project, VC has commissioned Mary to write two new pieces inspired by Boston Common and King’s Chapel, using her sound-to-color synesthesia to select the keys and chords that best “match” the palette of each location. Once completed, the new works will be premiered live in one of VC’s upcoming concerts (official date to be announced soon!).


For more info, please check out Vento Chiaro’s wonderful website right here!:


http://www.ventochiaro.org


Mary is honored to collaborate with Vento Chiaro on this incredible project, and looks forward to creating these new compositions inspired by the Boston landscape!


Premiere of “Synesthesia Suite: Constellations” on 11/30/17 — Thank You! <3

Thank you one and all to everyone who attended last evening’s premieres of “Synesthesia Suite: Constellations” — it was an honor and a pleasure to perform for you all! Huge thanks as well to the wonderful Museum of Science Boston, the fantastic performers of Planetary Quartet (Tudor Dornescu – violin, Anna Stromer – viola I, Carrol Lee – viola II, and Alan Toda-Ambaras – cello), and the amazing residency program Marble House Project for making this wonderful concert project possible! <3

Here is a photo and more info from Mary’s instagram account!:

THANK YOU one and all for joining us last night at "Synesthesia Suites: Constellations" at the @museumofscience yesterday eve— it was an honor and a joy to perform for you all! 💕 I am so grateful to have taken part in this amazing collaboration, and to have had the opportunity to premiere these new compositions in such an incredible setting! Huge thanks to James, Dani, Jason, Lisa, Emily, Corinna, Kyle, Jake, and everyone at MoS for inviting me to take part in this very special project, and for creating such exquisite synesthesia-inspired visuals for the planetarium’s beautiful dome! Heartfelt thanks also to @marblehouseproject for inviting me to take part in their wonderful residency program — my time at MHP was a huge source of inspiration for the creation of these new works, and I am so very grateful to you! <3 Big thanks to the wonderful Planetary Quartet — Tudor Dornescu (violin), Anna Stromer / @annastromerr (viola i), Carrol Lee / @carrol.vla (viola iI), and Alan-Toda Ambaras (cello) for their beautiful performances: you were all fantastic as always! <3 Many thanks to the amazing Brianna Lueders for being our musical assistant for this project, you had our rehearsals and showtimes running like a dream! <3 <3 And thank you so much to everyone who attended to concerts, it was so wonderful to get to connect with you and share this new music! // We will soon have some GORGEOUS live photos to share with you from the amazing @jonbeckley , but in the meantime, here is a snap of what the dome looked like before the start of the show — this is the beautiful rainbow of colors I see every time I look at a piano, thanks to my synesthesia! :) Thanks again to one and all for this magical evening, and can’t wait to see you all again soon! 🌠💕😍✨🎶🎻🌈 #MaryAtMoS #composer #synesthesia #newmusic #worldpremiere #mbpq #stringquartet #planetarium #rainbow #piano #visualmusic #museumofscience #boston #marblehouseproject (Photo by: Brianna Lueders 📸)

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Although this is Mary’s last concert for the year, there will definitely be more musical magic in store for 2018 — please check back soon for the latest updates! <3

Hugs and thanks to one and all, and wishing you a beautiful holiday season and a happy new year! <3


SOLD OUT: “Synesthesia Suite: Constellations” Concerts on Nov 30th @ MoS


(Photo credit: Museum of Science, Boston)


Exciting news: both the 7:30pm and 9:00pm performances of Mary Bichner and Planetary Quartet’s “Synesthesia Suite: Constellations” concert at Boston’s Museum of Science on November 30th have sold out! Thank you so much to everyone who will be joining us!


In this special concert series at the Charles Hayden Planetarium, Mary Bichner and Planetary Quartet will perform the world premiere of Mary’s “Synesthesia Suite: Constellations”, a new collection of classical-meets-pop works inspired by the night sky, as well as a number of Mary’s previous compositions and cherished cover songs reimagined for double-viola string quartet.


If you will be attending, you can RSVP on the event’s Facebook page right here!:
https://www.facebook.com/events/269343276913837/


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



11/30/17 MARY BICHNER AND PLANETARY QUARTET AT THE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE
When: Thursday, November 30th @ 7:30pm & 9:00pm
Where: Charles Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Science, Boston (1 Science Park, Boston MA 02144)
Tickets: $20 General Admission (all-ages)
Ticket Link: *SOLD OUT*
FB Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/269343276913837/
Performers: Mary Bichner (Composer / Vocals / Piano / Guitar), Tudor Dornescu (Violin), Anna Stromer (Viola I), Carrol Lee (Viola II), Alan Toda-Amabaras (Cello)


This work has been supported in part by Marble House Project, a not-­for-profit organization.