“A Visual Concerto for our City”

Celebrate the life, culture, history and beauty of our Richardson!

To celebrate our special city, the Richardson Symphony Orchestra is creating a stunning visual concerto titled “Richardson: Then & Now.” The new production will be the centerpiece of the RSO’s November 4, 2023 Masterworks performance at the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts.

“Richardson: Then & Now” will feature photographs you submit on a giant 440-square foot screen above the orchestra. The music you’ll hear to accompany this extraordinary new work is Christopher Farrell’s Continuum Performance, which perfectly captures the esprit de corps of our beloved city!

What does Richardson mean to you?

Words are not enough to describe all there is to love about Richardson, which means we need your photos to show all that makes our city a wonderful place to live. We want to see community celebrations, street fairs, and festivals, your favorite places, food, nightlife and sporting events, music-making, dancing and the Arts, treasured landmarks and murals, personal photos, volunteerism and church gatherings, images of our nearby park spaces, natural beauty and wildlife diversity, recreational activities (like biking, paddling and running), portraiture, and sweet acts of kindness among our residents. Your pictures are what we need to help orchestrate this special story of Richardson.

Please submit your photos for “Richardson: Then & Now”

Submit as many photos as you would like—both newly created and those you have already shot or inherited. Whether you’re an amateur or a professional, if you have pictures that capture the heart of Richardson, we want to see our home through your eyes.

STEP 1: Sign our electronic photo release. link HERE. Photographers retain sole ownership and unrestricted use of all photographs submitted. The release allows for the limited use of your images for this project. 

STEP 2: Use this link to upload your images. link HERE You may upload as many images as you’d like. You must use the following image name format: FirstName_LastName_Photo#

Photo Specs

  • Color images, horizontal orientation preferred
  • Black & white images and vertical orientation fine for historic photos and portraiture, respectively
  • JPEG or TIFF file format
  • Minimum resolution 3300 x 2200 pixels (higher-res is preferred)
  • Smartphone, scans, and DSLR photos are welcome
  • No watermarks on photos
  • All photos should be from Richardson and its surroundings
  • Format for image file names: FirstName_LastName_Photo#

The deadline for submission of images is Sunday, September 17, 2023!

Anyone whose photo/s are chosen to be a part of this project will receive a 20% discount to one of the concerts this season!

Westwater Arts will create this project for the RSO.

“Richardson: Then & Now” will be created by Nicholas Bardonnay, the Creative Director & CEO of Westwater Arts. Nicholas is a photographer and multimedia artist. His photography has been exhibited in galleries in London, Los Angeles, Portland and Hong Kong, among others. Since joining Westwater Arts in 2009, Nicholas has worked on more than 120 concerts with orchestras in cities across the U.S. as well as Scotland, England, Singapore, Canada, Poland, and Germany. His latest projects are MágicoNational Park Suite and Visions, which respectively celebrate Mexico’s vibrant culture, the legacy of the National Park Service, and America’s First Peoples. Nicholas will join us here in Richardson as technical and artistic director for “Richardson: Then & Now.”