Founder / Director Project 142
Dick Leonard

Artistic Director
Scot Albertson – www.scotalbertson.com

To contact for Project 142
revdickleonard@hotmail.com or scot@scotalbertson.com

Bio

**NEW TESTIMONIAL FROM STEVE SANDBERG / CD RELEASE CONCERT JUNE 27, 2017**
“Project 142 has been essential in the development of my new project, the Steve Sandberg Quartet. In June 2016, Scot and Dick gave me the opportunity to test out a new idea (in a great venue, the DiMenna Center, featuring a world class piano) – presenting a concert where in the first half, I played classical piano repertoire, and in the second half presented a quartet playing original world class music, much of which was based on classical pieces (& featuring Zach Brock,Michael O’Brien & Mauricio Zottarelli). The concert got a rousing ovation, and I was inspired enough to spend much of the following year developing this idea. In June of 2017, Project 142 once again gave us an opportunity to play, this time in our CD release concert! I can’t praise Scot and Dick enough for their high quality of integrity, artist support, audience building and taste.” July 2017 – www.stevesandbergmusic.com – Pianist & Composer

**JULY 14, 2016 —
PROJECT 142 IS NOW A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION / 501(c)(3)!**

Tax Deductible Donations can be sent please to assist in our producing of future concerts & support of Artists / Musicians – receipt for tax records will be sent in response.
Checks made to please – Project 142 Concert Series, Inc.
Donations sent to:
Rev. Dick Leonard
142 West End Ave. Apt. 15V,
New York, NY 10023

**THANK YOU to everyone who has performed / attended Project 142 Concerts in the 7 years since inception at Dick’s home! As of August 26, 2017 (next Project 142 concert), event number 168 will be taking place with 5,000 plus concert supporters attending!**

WWW.PROJECT142.ORG

**Thank You for visiting the Project 142 Web Site**

PROJECT 142 – a New York City based concert series created by Minister Emeritus of All Souls Church Rev. Dick Leonard which offers / pays for intimate elegant recital halls for Musicians / Artists to perform their concerts in an artistic free environment & without commercial restraints (promotional / marketing support included & refreshments provided at all concerts). Concerts are open to the general public to attend specifically for their enjoyment. REQUIREMENTS for Musicians / Artists – mandatory self promotion of their concerts & a minimum audience of 20 (or more) must be achieved to validate the time, energy & resources of our sponsorship for each event. If less than 20 per concert, a $150.00 fee will be paid to Project 142 by the Artist to help with the cost of the concert production.

**June 27, 2017 – CONGRATULATIONS to STEVE SANDBERG & QUARTET (ALAYA) for their NEW CD RELEASE CONCERT with Project 142!** www.stevesandbergmusic.com

**March 18, 2017 – CONGRATULATIONS to the TRAUMEREI PIANO TRIO for their full house debut concert with Project 142!**

**September 25, 2016 – CONGRATULATIONS to BENJI KAPLAN for his NEW CD Release Concert with Project 142! CD Title: UAI SO – www.benjikaplan.com**

**June 22, 2016 – Steve Sandberg Concert – THANK YOU to Steve for his extraordinary full house concert!
Testimonial from Steve Sandberg for June 22nd concert –
“I want to Thank You for presenting me as part of Project 142. You were at evety point helpful, considerate, patient, & positive & I appreciate that so much! This turned out to be a very important event for me, as it was the first time I tried out this concept, which I believe I have been looking for all my life.
So thank you for giving me the opportunity & for being the catalyst for a really wonderful experience.”
Best Wishes,
Steve
www.stevesandbergmusic.com
Pianist & Composer

**May 15, 2016 – Eunbi Kim Solo Piano Concert –
Testimonial from Eunbi Kim for Eunbi’s beautiful concert of Fred Hersch Music –
“I want to sincerely Thank You for all your hard work in making my Project 142 debut concert a huge success! Thank You very much for a wonderful experience this past Sunday. Everything went so smoothly, & I truly appreciate your time & energy.”
All the best,
Eunbi Kim
www.eunbikimmusic.com
Teaching web site – www.silverbeestudio.com
Pianist & Composer
WATCH for Eunbi’s NEW CD RELEASE
in early 2017!!**

DEC. 2015 –
THANK YOU to all who have supported, performed & have attended Project 142 Concerts this year. 2015 has been a significant year with now 4,000 plus folks attending Project Concerts within 5 years & event number 134 having taken place. Thank You to Nicholas Russotto (Event Director at Concert Space at Beethoven Pianos) for his support. Concert Space is now closed for recitals / no longer exists. January 2016 Project 142 Concerts have been booked at DiMenna Center For Classical Music in NYC. Happy Holidays to all!**

THANK YOU to our benefactor for the financial support for 2013 & 2014! We will be entertaining interests for an additional benefactor(s) for the Project 142 Concert Series due to its future growth for 2015 & beyond. Contact either Dick Leonard or Scot Albertson please.

NEW GUIDELINES for 2015 Artists / Musicians: as written within the Bio Page, all Artists / Musicians must guarantee an audience of 20 or more for their events due to our sponsoring of Project 142 Concerts. One week prior to their concerts, contact Scot Albertson with their audience projection. If less than 20 people projected, then Project 142 reserves the right to cancel the event. On the day of a concert, if an audience of less than 20 occurs, the Artist / Musician will pay $150.00 at the end of their concert to Project 142 to help defray the cost of sponsoring that concert.

THANK YOU to Dick Leonard & All Souls Church for providing their gorgeous Church & hospitality for our August 4 & August 6, 2014 Concerts.

Web Site Entry from Dick Leonard – April 30, 2014 –

Le Parker Meridien Hotel here we come!
Project 142 is on the move! Our musical experiment, begun 4 years ago in my smallish apartment at Lincoln Center, has moved first to Klavierhaus near Carnegie Hall last September, then to a temporary space at Unity Church, while Klavierhaus itself moved to W. 52nd St.
We expected to take Project 142 to W. 52nd St. this Spring. Instead, Klavierhaus has engaged a room on the 1st floor of the fashionable Le Parker Meridien Hotel at 119 West 56th St. for its performance space. We’ve been invited to have our programs there beginning June 1st. That move will take advantage of a transient hotel population, in addition to the audience we have been getting through our web site.
Monday Night April 28, 2014, several milestones were passed. Our 70th Event brought 44 enthusiastic participants, including our 1800th attendee. Alden Gatt, a recent graduate of the Eastman School of Music & Staff Member at All Souls, gave us a marvelous evening of lesser-played piano pieces by Prokofiev, R. Schumann, Shostakovich, Ravel & Weill, all of which he had thoroughly mastered. His Teacher from Eastman was present, and it looks again as though Project 142 may be able to connect in a meaningful way with Eastman, a school I briefly attended.
It was an exciting evening all way around, made possible by our anonymous benefactor & the hard work & vision of Scot Albertson, our Program Director. Thanks also goes to Nicholas Russotto of Klavierhaus, who has assisted us all the way through the transformation of both Project 142 & Klavierhaus. (end of April 30th entry)

Project 142 is a Concert Series created by Retired Minister & Musician (Violin & Trombone) Dick Leonard. Dick is Minister Emeritus at All Souls Unitarian Church in New York City. Dick is a graduate of Yale & former President of the Yale Band Alumni & performed twenty years with the Riverside Orchestra as a Violinist (played on a dozen instruments in total). The Series was originally known as PROJECT 142 / 15V. Dick offered his home on Manhattan’s West Side free to Artists / Musicians as a non-commercial space to perform concerts. Dick also supplied sandwiches, soft drinks & ice cream bars to guests free. The philosophy of this Series is as long as the Artist / Musician can self promote their Concert & guarantee an audience of 20 or more, they are welcome to a free space to perform & be a part of the Project 142 Family. The Series began in 2010 & Dick generously hosted 1,500 people plus as guests (Dick hosting 61 Music Events). Summer of 2013 found that the Series had outgrown Dick’s home. Dick enlisted the aid of Vocalist / Performer / Producer Scot Albertson (www.scotalbertson.com), who had performed four times in Dick’s home, to find a new space for the growing Series. Fall of 2013, the next home for Project 142 was found & concerts resumed at Klavierhaus Recital Hall in midtown Manhattan / New York City (www.klavierhaus.com). 2014 Schedule is in full progress & this debut web site was created by Scot & Eric Witzer of Etched Creative (made public Feb. 21, 2014). All Concerts can be viewed on this new web site for informational purposes & to help the Musicians connect with their audience. To contact in reference to booking as a Guest Artist / Musician, email Scot: scot@scotalbertson.com.

Etched Creative – www.etched.us ay