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Mary Bichner

November 9, 2013 @ 3:00 pm
November 9, 2013 @ 4:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery
580 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

What happens when you combine 18th-century elegance with catchy Brit-rock hooks? The unique Classipop stylings of Mary Bichner. The composer and vocalist will serenade us in Bigelow Chapel with a lively program of original classical-meets-pop works, beloved rock hits reimagined for a vocalist and string quartet, and a cherished repertoire with a modern indie twist. She will be joined by classical string ensemble Triple Strung, as well as special guest violist Anna Stromer, to create a beautiful and unique double-viola string quartet sound.

About the performers

Mary Bichner is an eclectic classical-meets-pop composer with the bizarre musical superpowers of perfect pitch (the ability to recognize notes and chords by name upon hearing them played) and synesthesia (a neurological condition that causes Mary to “see” splashes of specific colors when she hears their corresponding pitches sounded). Called a “musical genius” by CBS News, and invited to Harvard University’s prestigious neuroscience lab to be studied for her brain’s unusual wiring, Mary creates richly-colored compositions that delight classical enthusiasts and indie-pop rockers alike. She is honored to return to Mount Auburn Cemetery! Learn more about Mary on her website.

Triple Strung member Yu-Wen Chen, a native of Taiwan, has won recognition as an accomplished violinist in her native country while continuing to build a reputation in the U.S. In Taiwan, she won the Kao-Hsiung City Competition and has been heard on Radio E Classical, a station based in Taipei. Having an interest in unusual repertoire, Yu-Wen notably received an award for her performance of contemporary composer Ma Shui-Long’s string quartet. As an orchestral player, she was concert master of the YWCA Orchestra, an ensemble dedicated to performing Chinese folk music. Learn more about Yu-Wen on the Triple Strung website.

Triple Strung member Christopher McClain is a vibrant and passionate violinist who has concertized in venues across the United States, including Symphony Hall and Carnegie Hall. He has interest in a wide range of chamber music, from the early baroque works of Sainte-Colombe to contemporary string quartets by Glass and Reich. Christopher also finds time to practice the viola da gamba, his newest passion. Christopher received his Bachelor of Music from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. There, he gained a love for collaboration, working with choreographers, dancers, conductors, composers, singers, and actors, including Alonzo King and Lines Ballet. Learn more about Christopher on the Triple Strung website.

Triple Strung member Nick Dinnerstein works as a cellist in a wide variety of musical styles and settings. His performances range from recitals of romantic repertoire to concerts on period instruments, from work on new classical pieces to studio collaboration with songwriters and bands. Nick has twice participated as a guest solo artist at the Thailand Composition Festival and has had the pleasure of working with a number of award-winning composers, including Chen Yi, Harry Stafylakis, Samuel Zyman, and Narong Prangcharoen. As a performer in popular music, Nick has appeared on MTV as part of the Vitamin String Quartet, and has performed or recorded with musicians and bands that include Thirty Seconds to Mars, DJ Premier, and The Shills. Learn more about Nick on the Triple Strung website.

Special guest Anna Stromer is a Boston-based violist who has performed with Yo Yo Ma, Richard Stoltzman, Mark Wood, Mark O’Connor, Issac Delgado, The Dear Hunter, Wyclef Jean, and Thirty Seconds to Mars. Anna has also been working with the Vitamin String Quartet as part of their live performance string quartet and with them has performed on MTV Unplugged with Thirty Seconds to Mars and on the 100th episode of Gossip Girl. Anna is currently enrolled at Berklee College of Music where she is majoring in music business, and is excited to perform as part of a string quartet with the Boston Ballet for “Cacti” in May of 2014.


Funding for programs has been provided in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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