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Leonard Bopp is a conductor, composer and trumpet player who works on solo and collaborative projects that span from the classical repertoire to contemporary music. Leonard is the founder and conductor of the Blackbox Ensemble, a New York-based new music ensemble devoted to social engagement through contemporary music performance. A graduate of Williams College and Juilliard Pre-College, Leonard currently studies conducting with Kenneth Kiesler at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.

Artist Website: LeonardBopp.com

A Special Event: Panel Discussion & Premiere of CHRISTOPHER STREET LIBERATION DAY 1970 Streaming Sunday, 6.28.20 @ 3PM EST #CSLD1970

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Leonard Bopp’s “Christopher Street Liberation Day 1970” to Premiere Sunday, June 28

New music honoring 50 Years of Pride featuring panel discussions with LGBTQ pioneers, community, and cultural leaders

(Thursday, June 11, 2020 – New York, New York) Early Saturday morning on June 28, 1969, police staged a raid at the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City’s Greenwich Village neighborhood. Unlike the many previous raids that had taken place at the Christopher Street establishment, this one inspired the bar’s patrons to fight back. The Gay Liberation Front (GLF) was formed shortly after the riots. On June 28, 1970, a year after the riots, the Christopher Street Liberation Day in New York and the Christopher Street West Association in Los Angeles, a part of the GLF, marked the anniversary of the Stonewall riots, with the first Gay Pride Parades in United States history. The Stonewall Riots, as the days-long protest became known, is credited as the spark that ignited the modern-day LGBTQ-rights movement. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first NYC Gay Pride March on June 28, 1970.

To celebrate the anniversary, composer, conductor, and trumpet player Leonard Bopp has composed Christopher Street Liberation Day 1970, using the text from an archived GLF flyer as the libretto. The flyers were handed out prior to the historic first march. Leonard Bopp’s Christopher Street Liberation Day 1970, written for countertenor and string trio, will have its premiere broadcast on Sunday, June 28, 2020 at 3 PM EST. It features countertenor Luke Paulino, Jeff Pearson on violin, Jay Julio on viola, and David Newtown on cello. The project started at the invitation of Fr. Graeme Napier, Rector at St. John’s in the Village, in New York City’s Greenwich Village. In June 2019, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, St. John’s Revelation Gallery hosted an LGBTQ art exhibition and Fr. Graeme invited the young composer to create a special piece for the opening night reception. The performance was filmed and will be featured on the broadcast.


Special thanks & credit to “ONE Archives at the University of Southern California Libraries” for the use of the flyer. Learn more about ONE Archives.

*Please note, all ticket purchases for $25 or more will receive a free copy of the music recording (MP3) upon purchase. Artist is donating 5% from all ticket sales and donations to RFTCA.org Tickets available through MUSAE here

Credits & Musicians:

Composer: Leonard Bopp; Countertenor: Luke Paulino; Cello: David Newton; Viola: Jay Julio; Violin: Jeff Pearson; Filmed & Recorded by Excelsior Images; Mastering & Cover Art: Janosch Roth, Lautstumm Recording Studios; Photo: Leonard Bopp; Curator: Fr. Graeme Napier; Executive Producer: Denise Marsa Productions

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