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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.

Thank you for such a wonderful experience. Yesterday was seamless and comfortable. I’ve gotten nothing but positive feedback from the viewers regarding everything – the sound, the camera work, the professional production, you name it. I’m absolutely overwhelmed with the success of this type of performance and look forward to many more soon. Again, thank you for everything. What you’re doing is keeping the arts alive and well in a tough time for us all. Bravo.” – Sam Gray, Mendelssohn Violin Concerto


St. John’s in the Village Live & Recorded Streaming Series 2020

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 (New York, New York) – With all things chaotic, quiet and quarantined, St. John’s in the Village is teaming up with Musae and Denise Marsa Productions to create an exciting and viable new platform for musicians to continue to bring their music and talent to audiences safely while keeping their distance and continuing to earn income. The three partners introduce “Live Recording & Streaming from St. John’s in the Village.”

The goal is to present high quality live and recorded streaming and audio concerts, to keep the arts flourishing in the West Village. The team has put together a top of the line, portable studio with a full camera set-up that comes with an experienced live engineer who will be mixing the concerts audio and visual elements live. read full release on West View News

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. read full release

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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