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BPO event to shed light on Richardson Complex buildings, history

Let there be more light.

Having collaborated on a presentation of music from Wagner's "Ring," the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Buffalo light-mapping team Projex are working together again. They will be presenting a free event at 9 p.m. July 28 at the Richardson Olmsted Campus. JoAnn Falletta, the BPO's music director, is conducting. The evening will include music by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Berlioz, and Rachmaninoff.

The concert will take place on the South Lawn of the complex. As the orchestra performs, brilliant displays of color, images and light will illuminate the gracious 19th century Richardson buildings.

The event will also seek to shed light on the masterpiece's often misunderstood history. It will spotlight the beauty of the complex, designed in the late 1800s by the best talents America had to offer. The founders of the Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane hoped to create a place of beauty and solace for the mentally ill, reasoning that peace and an inspiring environment could prove restorative. With that goal in mind, they sought out one of America's greatest architects, Henry Hobson Richardson, along with the renowned landscape team of Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux.

Called "enlighten," the collaboration aims to spotlight the history of the Richardson as a place of healing and innovative treatment. It will feature music by famous composers who lived with mental illness and often found therapy in their work.

This event is free. More details will soon be available at enlightenbuffalo.com.

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