INAUGURAL CONCERT SPONSORED BY FOREST HILLS CEMETERY
A CONCERT — Premiering a new piece composed by Mary Bichner
Vento Chiaro will also be performing works by Beach, Bernstein, and Maslanka
Sunday, May 6th at 3PM
Forsyth Chapel at Forest Hills Cemetery
Admission: $20 adults, $10 students / seniors
Vento Chiaro’s The Boston Project is 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, Vento Chiaro has commissioned Mary Bichner to write two pieces about sites on the Freedom Trail. They join together to celebrate Boston’s rich history through Mary’s synesthesia-inspired compositions and Vento Chiaro’s engaging performances.
Mary Bichner is an orchestral classical-meets-pop composer with the remarkable 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.
Vento Chiaro was founded at the Peabody Conservatory in 1997. The ensemble places a strong emphasis on breaking down the traditional barriers that exist between performers and audience members. Vento Chiaro’s mission is to establish the woodwind quintet as a virtuosic ensemble through engaging performances of the highest level of artistic expression, cultivating a sense of community with audience members, and collaboratively exploring works of all time periods with particular emphasis on the art of contemporary composers. In addition to presenting their own recital series in the greater Boston area, Vento Chiaro performs in locations throughout New England and across the country. Their self-titled debut recording on Ongaku records received critical acclaim from Fanfare Magazine and Music-Web International, and they have frequently appeared on WGBH radio. Vento Chiaro has garnered top prizes in prestigious chamber music competitions including the silver medal at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and the Saunderson Award at the Coleman Chamber Music Competition. The ensemble was also a recipient of several grants from the Free For All Concert Fund which supported a series of free, accessible hour-long concerts and presentations in non-traditional venues throughout the Boston metro area. In addition to performances of the standard repertoire, Vento Chiaro regularly collaborates with living composers and performers. They have premiered works by Justin Casinghino, Robert Dick, Howard Frazin and Michael Gandolfi and have other commissioning projects in the works.
Ona Jonaityte, Flute
Elizabeth England, Oboe
Chi-Ju Juliet Lai, Clarinet
Anne Howarth, Horn
Sam Childers, Bassoon
Composer Amy Beach (1867 – 1944), whose music will also be performed, is interred at Forest Hills Cemetery.