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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


“Lyra” Single Released Today


(Album art by: Kristilyn Ink)





Guess what — “Lyra” is released today! You can download it as an MP3 via pay-what-you-wish-pricing (featuring AMAZING album art by the incredible Kristilyn Ink) on Mary’s Bandcamp page, watch the GORGEOUS video created for it by the Museum of Science Boston’s award-winning planetarium team on Mary’s YouTube page, and download the sheet music (also via pay-what-you-wish pricing) at the Sheet Music Shop.


“Lyra” is a pop song for alto, piano, and double-viola string quartet about recognizing someone in your present as being a soulmate from a past life, but living with the pain of THEM not recognizing YOU (which seemed a fitting theme for Valentine’s Day). The chords used in the song are meant to synesthetically match the colors of the stars found in the Lyra constellation, as well as the Ring Nebula, via Mary’s personal synesthesia color palette.


“Lyra” was composed as part of Mary’s ongoing collaboration with the incredible Museum of Science, Boston as part of their Synesthesia Suite: Live concert series, and was premiered at the Charles Hayden Planetarium on November 30th 2017. Here’s the BEAUTIFUL video that the Museum’s award-winning planetarium team made for the 2017 concert, which you can now view anytime you want on Youtube!:





Thanks to one and all, wishing you a space-y Valentine’s Day, and hope you enjoy “Lyra”! <3


New Single, “Lyra”, To Be Released on Feburary 14th

Photos by Jonathan Beckley (www.jonathanbeckley.com)




Sunday, February 14th 2021 will bring the release “Lyra”; a pop song for alto, piano, and double-viola string quartet about recognizing someone in your present as being a soulmate from a past life, but living with the pain of THEM not recognizing YOU (which seemed a fitting theme for Valentine’s Day). The chords used in the song are meant to synesthetically match the colors of the stars found in the Lyra constellation, as well as the Ring Nebula, via Mary’s personal synesthesia color palette.


“Lyra” was composed as part of Mary’s ongoing collaboration with the incredible Museum of Science, Boston as part of their Synesthesia Suite: Live concert series, and was premiered at the Charles Hayden Planetarium on November 30th 2017.


Staring Feburary 14th, you will be able to download the track (featuring gorgeous album art by the incredible Kristilyn Ink) on Mary’s Bandcamp page, watch the synesthesia-inspired music video (created by the amazing planetarium team at Museum of Science, Boston) on Mary’s YouTube page, and download the sheet music (so you can make your own cover version, if you wanna) via the sheet music shop. Both the audio track and sheet music will be via pay-what-you-wish pricing, and links will posted here on the news page starting at midnight on the 14th.


Thanks to one and all, and wishing you a space-y Valentine’s Day! <3


Sheet Music Shop Now Open


(photo by: Mount Auburn Cemetery)



Happy New Year, everyone! A bit of a surprise — the Mary Bichner Sheet Music Shop is now open and online! You can access the shop via the following link:



https://www.marybichner.com/shop



Currently listed in the shop are twenty of Mary’s pop and classical works for soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, and/or baritone with piano; SATB vocal ensemble or choir; as well as a few chamber music works for double-viola string quartet and woodwind quintet. Large ensemble and orchestra works will also be added in the coming months!



Best of all, all scores are available via pay-what-you-wish pricing (including free). Woohoo! <3


Happy New Year to one and all, and hoping your 2021 is filled with health, happiness, and — of course — music!


New versions of “Finale” and “Love-Song” included on Christina Goh’s “Nectar!” album, released today


(Photo by: Christina Goh)



“Nectar!”, the new album by composer, vocalist, poet, and performer Christina Goh, is released today!



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.



Mary is honored that two new duet versions of her previous compositions, Finale (originally released on “Now the Spell is Broken”) and Love-Song (originally commissioned by The Friends of Mount Auburn for Mary’s two-year composer residency at Mount Auburn Cemetery) are included on the album. These never-before-released versions feature beautiful vocal and poetry performances by Ms. Goh on both tracks.



To purchase your copy of “Nectar!” please visit the official Christina Goh site for complete information:



http://www.christinagoh.com



Thank you so much to Ms. Goh for inviting Mary to take part in this incredible new album, and to everyone who joins us for “Nectar!” :)



Inclusion on Christina Goh’s new “Nectar!” album (release date October 9th, 2020)






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:




https://conceptmusic.christinagoh.com/nectar




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!


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