Mary is honored to have been asked to collaborate with the amazing composer, singer, poet, and performer Chirstina Goh on Christina’s latest album, Nectar!, which will be released on October 9th, 2020.
Originally conceived by Ms. Goh as a live concert that was canceled in May 2020 due to the pandemic, the new Nectar! album is a cast recording of the show’s international line-up; featuring performances by Christina Goh, Gotham Aymar, David Perraudin, Les Passeurs de Légendes, Catherine Capozzi, Maxime Perrin, Jacques Moury Beauchamp, Noah Preminger, and Mary Bichner.
The show was also created by Ms. Goh to discuss the important topic of suicide prevention, and the album’s first single “Fleur d’eau” was released on World Suicide Prevention Day on Sept 10th. You can listen to the track in full, as well as watch a music video for it, featuring Christina Goh and Les Passeurs de Légendes, at the link below. (***CONTENT WARNING: Please note that the music video for “Fleur d’eau” includes both sung and visual allusions to suicide, in the context of suicide prevention.***) If you or someone you care about is in need of resources regarding suicide prevention, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has a 24-hour hotline at 1-800-273-8255 [US], as well as a their website, https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ .
Mary is honored that two new versions of her previous compositions, Finale (originally featured on “Now the Spell is Broken”) and Love-Song (originally commissioned by The Friends of Mount Auburn for Mary’s two-year composer residency there will be included on the album; featuring beautiful vocal and poetry performances by Ms. Goh on both tracks.
For more details, including purchasing information, please visit the official Christina Goh homepage at the following link:
Thank you so much to Ms. Goh for inviting Mary to take part in this powerful new project, and looking forward to the official release of Nectar! on October 9th, 2020!
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
(Recording session at WGBH Boston for “Mount Auburn: Spring and Autumn Suites”. Photo credit: Mount Auburn Cemetery )
Greetings all! A new “Projects” section has been added to the website, featuring information and media from Mary’s past and current composing projects including her Mount Auburn Cemetery composer residency, her “Synesthesia Suite: Live” concert series collaboration with Boston’s Museum of Science, and her forthcoming opera The Memoirs of Antonina.
Additionally, a new series of new photos from Mary’s Mount Auburn Cemetery composer residency have just been released — you can view them on the Mount Auburn: Spring and Autumn Suites project page, and also right here!:
Thank you to all of the amazing organizations and artists that make these projects possible! <3 Cheers and wishing everyone a wonderful weekend! <3
( Artwork and logo by: Chess Albaneze )
Happy Birthday to Marie Antoinette, and Happy #OperaWeek to one and all! In honor of both, the videos from Mary’s The Memoirs of Antonina opera preview concert have just premiered on her Youtube page! You can find a playlist featuring all eight songs from the concert right here:
And here are the links to each individual video:
Mary will also be highlighting excepts from the concert on her Instagram account throughout the month of November.
THANK YOU to all of the amazing artists who brought these new songs to life!: Helen Zhibing Huang (Marie Antoinette), Emily Thorner (Antonina), Neal Ferreira (Louis XVI), Junhan Choi (Jacques Hébert), Tim Ribchester (Music Director), Emma Terrell (Assistant Music Director), Porcelain Dalya (Assistant Stage Director/Actor), and Jesse Strachman, Michela Micalizio, and Ryan Huemmer (Actors)! And huge and heartful thanks to the awesome Allthingsharmony / Brandon Johnson for crafting these beautiful videos!
For more information on The Memoirs of Antonina, you can visit the opera’s mini-site right here:
Thank you to one and all — and Joyeux Anniversaire, Marie Antoinette! <3
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
(Photo by: Mount Auburn Cemetery via Instagram)
[ Here is a message from Mary! <3 ]
Thank you so very much to everyone who attended and performed in yesterday’s sold-out “Mount Auburn: Autumn Suite” concert, the final concert of my two-year composer residency at Mount Auburn Cemetery! It was such a special day and I am so thankful to have shared it with all of you!
My residency at Mount Auburn Cemetery is now over, and I am so humbled and incredibly grateful for the all of the magic of the past two years. Most especially, I am eternally thankful to the incredible group of AMAZING people that came together to make this gigantic project possible — it has been an honor and a pleasure to collaborate with you, and I am so grateful to each and everyone one of your for sharing your time and talents to bring this project to life!:
Thank you SO MUCH to the wonderful Bree Harvey, Jessica Bussman, Jenny Gilbert, Corinne Elicone, Jennifer Johnston, Meg Winslow, CEO Dave Barnett, and everyone at Mount Auburn Cemetery for inviting me to take part in this incredible residency, and making the past two years such a magical experience of art, nature, and community! I’ve loved every moment of our collaboration, from our morning meetings in Bigelow Chapel, to rocking out to David Bowie songs at the Watertown Library — it has been an honor and a privilege to work with you all!
Thank you to my amazing mentor Xiao’an Li for all of your excellent advice, guidance, and expertise — you helped me every step of the way, from teaching me how to organize orchestral rehearsals, to connecting me with a team of amazing musicians, to even taping scores on the floor of WGBH when you realized they were falling off the piano! (I definitely owe you one!!) I am so grateful to you for sharing your knowledge — and friendship! — with me!
Huge thanks to our fantastic conductor Kristo Kondakçi for your wonderful leadership, your musical and conducting magic, and your kindness to each person each and every day. When you conduct, everyone in the room is smiling — the audience AND the orchestra! (And me too! :))
Many many thanks and hugs to the incredible musicians that collaborated with me on this project for the pop-up concerts, wine tasting concert, recording sessions, donor concerts, library concert, and spring/autumn residency concerts — it has been so wonderful to work with you and I am so thankful to you for bringing this new music to life!: Julia Okrusko, Christopher McClain, Anna Stromer, Nick Dinnerstein, Valerie Thompson, Mali Sastri, Katharina Giegling, Sonia Deng, Abby Swidler, Minjung Chun, Carrol Lee, Foxman McCarthy-James, Aron Zelkowicz, Nash Tomey, Arielle Burke, Elizabeth England, David Angelo, Susannah Telsey, Evan Leontis, Seth Grondin, Paul Jacobs, Sue Buzzard, Tudor Dornescu, Travis Rapoza, Dominick Douglas, Teresa Bloemer, Cherry Kim, Moisés Carrasco, Allison Parramore, Laura Pardee Schaefer, David Dziardziel, Keith Kirchoff, Molly Zenobia, Elizabeth Stefan, Subaiou Zhang, Sean Larkin, Oliver Chang, Harrison Klein, Elif Çakmut, Timothy Wisdom, Peter Moore, and Chess Albaneze!
Heartfult thanks to the amazing artists that created such beautiful audio and video for this two-year project — you all rock!: Antonio Oliart Ros (recording and audio engineering @ WGBH), Peter Moore (mixing/mastering @ Palace of Purpose), Rebecca Lee (documentary filmmaker), Lainey Schooltree (live concert audio engineer), and Jeremy Meserve (live concert filmmaker)!
Thank you so much to the fabulous Brianna Lueders for being so kind to be my musical assistant on the spring and fall residency concerts — you made everything run like a dream and you are awesome!
Thank you to all of the venues and organizations that collaborated with us for recording, concerts, lectures, and workshops!: Mount Auburn Cemetery (of course! :)), WGBH Studios, The Watertown Library, and Medford Calling!
And a VERY special thanks to everyone that has attended our events over these past two years — it was a delight to get to perform for you, and I am so appreciative of your kindness and support for new music!
So much love and my deepest thanks to one and all for this amazing two-year residency at Mount Auburn Cemetery!
On Thursday November 4th, join Mary Bichner and Planetary Orchestra for the final concert in Mary’s Mount Auburn Cemetery composer residency — and the world premiere of “Autumn Suite”!
For the past two years, Mary has served as composer-in-residence at the beautiful Mount Auburn Cemetery of Cambridge and Watertown, MA. Over the course of the residency, Mary composed twelve new pieces inspired by the cemetery’s beautiful landscape and landmarks at different times of year, and recorded the tracks alongside an 18-piece orchestra at WGBH Studios in Boston, MA. The tracks were released as a digital album entitled “Mount Auburn: Spring and Autumn Suites” on June 3rd, 2017 (you can download the album for free right here!).
The “Spirng Suite” was premiered live back in June, and the “Autumn Suite” will have its world premiere on Saturday November 4th at Mount Auburn Cemetery’s Story Chapel! Mary will perform alongside a fantastic 19-person ensemble who, in addition to the suite, will also play several of Mary’s previous pop and classic works re-imagined for chamber orchestra, and a new piece entitled “Spiral” by guest composer Chess Albaneze.
Tickets are now available, and can be purchased here!:
And here is the FB invite!:
Looking forward to the autumn, and looking forward to seeing you there! <3
11/04/17 FINAL COMPOSER RESIDENCY CONCERT: PREMIERE OF “AUTUMN SUITES”
When: Saturday, November 4th @ 2:00pm (doors at 1:30pm)
Where: Story Chapel @ Mount Auburn Cemetery (580 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge MA)
Tickets: $20 General Admission / $10 FoMAC Members (all-ages)
Ticket Link: http://mountauburn.org/mount-auburn-fall-suite/
FB Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/1795648524068262/
Performers: (performer announcements coming soon!)
“Mount Auburn: Spring and Autumn Suites” is released TODAY! Hooray! <3 You listen to the album in full, and download a free digital copy, right here!:
ALBUM DOWNLOAD LINK: https://marybichner.bandcamp.com/album/mount-auburn-spring-and-autumn-suites
And, there are a just few tickets left (less than ten!) for today’s album release concert, here is the link!:
Thank you Mount Auburn Cemetery for creating and supporting this incredible project, and thank you to all of the wonderful musicians of both the recording sessions and today’s concert, as well as our awesome audio team!:
ALBUM MUSICIANS: Kristo Kondakçi (Conductor), Katharina Giegling (Concertmaster), Sonia Deng (Violin), Abby Swidler (Violin), Christopher McClain (Viola I Principal & Viola soloist), Minjung Chun (Viola I), Carrol Lee (Viola II Principal), Foxman McCarthy-James (Viola II), Aron Zelkowicz (Cello principal), Nash Tomey (Double Bass Principal), Arielle Burke (Flute), Elizabeth England (Oboe), David Angelo (Clarinet), Susie Telsey (Bassoon), Evan Leontis (Soprano), Mali Sastri (Tenor), Seth Grondin (Bass [vocals]) and Paul Jacobs (Piano Soloist).
CONCERT MUSICIANS: Kristo Kondakçi (Conductor), Sonia Deng (Concertmaster), Tudor Dornescu (Violin), Travis Rapoza (Violin), Christopher McClain (Viola I Principal & Viola Soloist), Dominick Boyle (Viola I), Anna Stromer (Viola II Principal), Teresa Bloemer (Viola II), Cherry Kim (Cello Principal), Moisés Carrasco (Double Bass Principal), Allison Parramore (Flute), Laura Pardee Schaefer (Oboe), David Dziardziel, (Clarinet), Susannah Telsey (Bassoon), Keith Kirchoff (Piano Soloist), Mali Sastri (Vocalist & Guest Composer), Molly Zenobia (Vocalist)
AUDIO AND TECH: Antonio Oliart Ros (Recording), Peter Moore (Editing, Mixing and Mastering), Lainey Schooltree (Live Concert Sound Engineer), Xiao’an Li (Consultant)
Thanks to one and all — and Happy Spring! <3 <3 <3
“Mount Auburn: Spring and Autumn Suites”, the album of new works composed by Mary during her two-year composer residency at Mount Auburn Cemetery, will be released on Saturday June 3, 2017! To celebrate the release of this album, Mount Auburn will be hosting a concert on the same day, Saturday June 3rd at 2:00pm, featuring the live premiere of the Spring Suite performed by an 18-piece orchestra (including Mary!), as well as several of Mary’s previous pop and classic works re-imagined for chamber orchestra.
Tickets are now available, and can be purchased here!:
Complete details are below. We hope you can join us!:
COMPOSER RESIDENCY ALBUM RELEASE & CONCERT: JUNE 3 @ MOUNT AUBURN CEMETERY
When: Saturday, June 3 @ 2:00pm
Where: Story Chapel @ Mount Auburn Cemetery (580 Mount Auburn St., Cambridge MA 02138)
Tickets: $20 General Admission / $10 FoMAC Members (all-ages)
Ticket Link: http://mountauburn.org/2017/mount-auburn-spring-suite-concert-with-composer-mary-bichner/
FB Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/290811531345563/293752297718153
Performers: Mary Bichner (Composer / Vocalist), Kristo Kondakçi (Conductor), Sonia Deng (Concertmaster), Tudor Dornescu (Violin), Travis Rapoza (Violin), Christopher McClain (Viola I Principal & Viola Soloist), Dominick Boyle (Viola I), Anna Stromer (Viola II Principal), Teresa Bloemer (Viola II), Cherry Kim (Cello Principal), Moisés Carrasco (Double Bass Principal), Allison Parramore (Flute), Laura Pardee Schaefer (Oboe), David Dziardziel, (Clarinet), Susannah Telsey (Bassoon), Keith Kirchoff (Piano Soloist), Mali Sastri (Vocalist & Guest Composer), Molly Zenobia (Vocalist)
Details: Please join us for the world premiere of Mary’s new work, “Mount Auburn: Spring Suite”! Over the past year, Mary has written music inspired by the landscape of Mount Auburn and words from resident poets. She will perform as part of an 18-piece chamber orchestra for this concert in Mount Auburn’s beautiful Story Chapel!
Happy National Public Gardens Day! 🌸🌼🌹 To celebrate, here is a streamable MP3 of “Garden Gossip”, the first single from Mary’s forthcoming “Mount Auburn: Spring and Autumn Suites” album! This piece, a musical setting of the Frances Sargent Osgood poem of the same name, was composed by Mary as part of her two-year residency at Mount Auburn Cemetery:
The full album will be released on June 3, 2017. Mary will also be premiering the works in concert as part of a 19-piece chamber orchestra on the same day — tickets for the concert are available here!
Many thanks to Mount Auburn, and to all of the wonderful musicians who brought this track to life!: Kristo Kondakci (conductor), Mali Sastri (vocalist – Honey-Bee), Evan Leontis (vocalist – Lily), Katharina Giegling (concertmaster), Sonia Deng (violin), Abby Swidler (violin), Christopher McClain (viola I), Minjung Chun (viola I), Carrol Lee (viola II), Foxman McCarthy-James (viola II), Aron Zelkowicz (cello), Nash Tomey (double bass), Arielle Burke (flute), Elizabeth England (oboe), David Angelo (clarinet), Susie Telsey (bassoon), Antonio Oliart Ros (recording and audio engineer), Peter Moore (audio mixing/mastering).
Thanks for listening, and more will be shared soon! <3