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‘Ballet Of Lights’ Illuminates South Broad Street

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Some of Philadelphia’s more architecturally interesting buildings are set to come alive in a ballet of lights. Tuesday night, Eyewitness News got a sneak peak.

What people see and hear on South Broad Street is about to change. The typical sights and sounds of S. Broad are getting some major competition from a light and music show that simply has never been done before on the Avenue of the Arts and it’s due in large part to Alfred Borden.

Borden is the lighting maestro behind the Susan G. Komen Lights For The Cure that turns the Philadelphia skyline pink for the entire month of October as part of Breast Awareness Month.

Along with students from the University of the Arts, Borden set up a light show on the south side of City Hall.

“When people walk down the street we hope that it grabs their attention and brings them into the world we’re trying to create,” said U of Arts student Evan Leigh.

The new lights on City Hall are tied into the existing colored lights on the Avenue of the Arts, and it’s all set to music for an hour long show, designed to tell the story of Philadelphia.

“The music starts with the Colonial period, moves through all of the war years, the revolution and the Civil War, up to the Industrial Revolution and right up to current times,” said Borden.

The new light show starts Friday, April 15, in conjunction with the 3 week long Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts.

“It’s really an unbelievable opportunity for us to have our voices be heard, as well as, really represent Philadelphia in the best way that we can,” said student Caleb Auston.

The temporary light show ends May 19th.

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