enLIGHTen celebrates Richardson Olmsted Campus renewal in video, sound, and art
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Friday, July 28, 2017 at 9pm
(Rain date: Sunday, July 30)
More information available at enLIGHTenbuffalo.com!
BUFFALO, NY – In celebration of the successful completion of the first phase of redevelopment at the Richardson Olmsted Campus and as a special thank-you to the community for its support, the Richardson, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and Projex join forces to fill the night with music and light. On Friday, July 28 at 9 p.m., the entire community is invited to the grounds of the Richardson at 444 Forest Avenue to witness this free event -- a first for Western New York.
enLIGHTen is a synthesis of music, architecture, and video mapping, celebrating the rebirth of the Richardson Olmsted Campus and honoring its history. For one night only, the iconic Richardson Towers become a canvas for telling the story of the building in light and images. Keith Harrington, the Buffalo artist who is the driving force behind Projex, has spent months designing this show with his nine-person team: project manager Erin Habes; Lead Graphic Designer Jeremy Maxwell; Graphic Designers and Animators Seth Hughes and Brent Patterson; Graphic Designer and Assistant Project Manager Holly Quin Rounseville; Animators Rob Imbs and Danielle Matyevich; Graphic Designer Thomas Mcnamara; and intern India Seychew.
The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a program synced to the light show, featuring music by many of the greatest composers the Western world has ever known, including Tchaikovsky, Handel, Beethoven, and Mahler. All of the composers featured in the program lived with mental illness and some found solace in their work. Stefan Sanders, the BPO’s Resident Conductor, will lead the orchestra for enLIGHTen.
The story opens as an homage to the stately Richardson and the fertile 100 acres of land upon which it sits. The “grand old oak tree” plays a central role in the story. Having stood sentry over the Richardson and surrounding land for more than 145 years, this tree serves as the mighty symbol of nature’s endurance. Lighting designers John Rickus and Carlie Todoro-Rickus create a luminous experience on the Richardson Olmstead Campus to further immerse the audience in the enLIGHTen experience.
Accompanying the musical compositions, PROJEX brings to life the works of local artists from Charles Burchfield’s landscapes to Julian Montague’s interpretation of Beethoven, to the bold murals of Jessie and Katey commissioned by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery that have become a symbol of Buffalo’s renewal.
The public is encouraged to come any time after 7 p.m. and to bring a picnic to enjoy. For the safety and comfort of everyone, no pets (other than service animals), tables, or bicycles are permitted on the event grounds. Bicycle parking is available outside the gates. Event parking is available on the Buffalo State College Campus and throughout the neighborhood. Disabled parking and seating are also available.
In the event of rain, the concert will be held on Sunday, July 30 at 9 PM.
Visit enLIGHTenbuffalo.com for updated information.
enLIGHTen is sponsored by M&T Bank. The BPO’s performance at this event is made possible in part through a Regional Economic Development Council Arts Implementation grant from the New York State Council on the Arts. Additional support for the event is provided by the Ralph C. Wilson Legacy Funds at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, Iroquois Bar Corporation, Buffalo Audio Visual, and National Grid. Wegmans has provided in-kind support of the event. The Buffalo News, WIVB, and Buffalo Rising are the media sponsors of this event.
About the Richardson Olmsted Campus
One of Buffalo's most iconic buildings and a National Historic Landmark, the 145-year-old Richardson Olmsted Campus reuse has started with a hotel, conference center, and the Lipsey Buffalo Architecture Center, key features of a massive rehabilitation and adaptive reuse project.
The Richardson Olmsted Campus is dedicated to redeveloping the entire campus with the following priorities:
- Campaign to raise $10 million for the Lipsey Buffalo Architecture Center and to ensure the future of this Richardson treasure;
- Rehabilitation and reuse of 10 unused buildings on-site;
- Support the success of Hotel Henry Urban Resort and Conference Center
- Continue stewardship of the Richardson Olmsted Campus
About the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
As Buffalo's cultural ambassador, the Grammy Award-winning BPO led by JoAnn Falletta presents Classics, Pops, Rock, Kids, Youth and summer concerts reaching more than 200,000 people each year.
The BPO was founded in 1935. During the Great Depression, the orchestra was initially supported by funds from the Works Progress Administration and the Emergency Relief Bureau. Over the decades, the orchestra found outstanding leadership with conductors including Lukas Foss, Michael Tilson Thomas, Julius Rudel, and Semyon Bychkov. Countless distinguished guest performers have graced the stage, including Igor Stravinsky, Isaac Stern, Aaron Copland, Van Cliburn, Renee Fleming and Yo-Yo Ma.
Since 1940, the orchestra's permanent home has been Kleinhans Music Hall, a National Historic Landmark designed by Eliel and Eero Saarinen with an international reputation as one of the finest concert halls in the United States.
Projex combines more than ten years of electronic music experience with elements of video, music, projection and art. Using light mapping technology, Projex blurs the lines between audio and visual.
Projex is known for its poetic approach to storytelling through manipulating digital media, music, and video projection. Projex has shared the stage with Bonobo and Diplo among others, and most recently, Flux Pavilion at the world-renowned Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
Buffalo is the canvas where Projex drops electronica, produces multi-sensory art installations, and enhances environmental surroundings with light mapping projections. Projex is constantly evolving, creating and inspiring through sight and sound.
About Buffalo Audio Visual
BAV is a multiple-award winning Audio Visual Rental, Staging and Production Company. Founded in 1988, BAV has been servicing a prestigious list of National Association, Corporate, and Government clientele and exceeding their expectations with an unmatched level of service, experience, industry knowledge, and attention to detail. BAV is the gold standard in conference and event production.
Travelling throughout the United States and Canada, BAV offers the complete package of conference, meeting, and special event services including state of the art audio, video, computer, and lighting equipment as well as custom scenic stage set designs. Its management and staff take the time to understand our clients' goals, missions, objectives, programs, and personnel and actually function as an extension of their staff, rather than being just a vendor.