Special Projects

Upcoming Event: Panel Discussion & Premiere of CHRISTOPHER STREET LIBERATION DAY 1970

Composer Leonard Bopp’s “Christopher Street Liberation Day 1970” to Premiere Sunday, June 28 @12pm EST
Music Celebrating 50 Years of Marching for Equality and Gay Rights

 (Monday, June 1, 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.

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The Story

“Live Streaming from St. John’s in the Village”

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 (DMP) 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. Artists can feature their concerts in 360 Virtual Reality or in the traditional format. Filming with the 360 camera will be important for distancing especially with choir and vocal groups where they can be placed throughout the church space during performances. There will also be a 30-minute soundcheck prior to the concert beginning before the concert goes live whether pre-recorded or virtually live. Artists may stream their concerts on their own platforms (their Facebook pages or YouTube channels) or on St John’s own YouTube channel. (www.youtube.com/stjvny). read full release

Fr. Graeme Napier

We feel it is important to create an affordable, easy, sophisticated live streaming experience for both the audience and the talent. We spared no expense when configuring the portable studio and believe it will be a valuable and important part of Arts at St. John’s in the Village during the sequestering and even after this virus epidemic is a part of our past.” – Yachtz Radcliff, Musae



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