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Joseph Leonard’s Romanza

Joseph LeonardJoseph Leonard: composer, pianist and organist

Leonard was born in Mannheim in 1903. He escaped Nazi Germany in 1936 in spite of life-long blindness.  I write about him now because his composition, Romanza, will have its premier in a music program on May 10th, 2017. The performance will be part of the final concert in the  14th season of Newton Senior Center Chamber Ensemble, (NSCCE).

This premiere performance by NSCCE has special significance for me because Joseph Leonard was my uncle and he wrote this composition in 1962 as a wedding gift for my husband David and me.  Photos included in this post show Joseph as a young man in performance, (photographer unknown) and Joseph with me, (Photo below by Joanne Leonard) c. 1962 in Hollywood CA, where Joseph lived at that time.

 

Details of Concert featuring Romanza

Where:

Scandinavian Living Center

206 Waltham Street

West Newton, MA 02465

When:

May 10, 2017 9:30 AM-11:30 AM

Sponsored by: Newton at Home and Scandinavian Living Center. This event is part of Newton Festival of the Arts

Tickets: $20 for Brunch and Concert

Registration: Call Newton at Home at (617)-795-2560 or email programcoord@newtonathome.org

For More Information: Visit Newton at Home website at newtonathome.org

Joseph Leonard’s blindness was not an obstacle to his musical accomplishments and I am thrilled that his work will be performed spring 2017! To learn more about Joseph Leonard, go to http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/tf18700458/

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