Inauguration Concert in Piazza dei Signori Conducted by Ennio Morricone
ARCUGNANO AND VICENZA, Italy, Sept. 16, 2011 /CNW/ - At 9 p.m. on
September 18 the magnificent setting of the Piazza dei Signori,
Vicenza's pulsing heart, will be bathed in a beautiful white light that
will enhance the jewels of Palladian architecture, the Basilica and the
Loggia del Capitaniato, as well as the Torre Bissara, the Monte di
Pietà palace and the adjacent squares.
Elegant lighting designed to illuminate the square and the surrounding
buildings, but also to amplify their distinctive charm and beauty. A
sober and environmentally-friendly light which illuminates history but
also has an eye for innovation and energy saving. These are the
distinguishing features of Gemmo's work and gift to its home town,
where the company has been based for more than 90 years.
"We wanted to bring light into the heart of the town, where centuries of
history are reflected in the beauty of age-old lines, forms and spaces.
We hope this initiative will restore the splendour of Piazza dei
Signori as a vibrant centre of public life, a space for friends to meet
and spend time, and a place which conveys to visitors and tourists the
identity of Vicenza, a town steeped in a love of beauty and things well
made," said Irene Gemmo, President and Managing Director of Gemmo Spa.
"This is a fine example of entrepreneurial excellence set alongside our
outstanding architectural heritage, soon to be returned to the public
in contemporary garb," commented the Mayor of Vicenza, Achille Variati.
"I wish to thank Gemmo for this wonderfully intelligent act of
patronage which gives us a stunning setting that few squares in Europe
can rival. This lighting project will help turn Vicenza into a
prominent European cultural centre under the banner of innovation and
The project, which has the twin aim of making the area safer and more
available to the general public while highlighting the architectural
value of the monumental historical façades of the Piazza dei Signori,
adopts a discreet and non-invasive lighting technology that works by
reflection without dazzling the surrounding areas. This is accomplished
using LED floodlights that offer significant advantages in terms of
colour yield, energy savings (of around 30%) and limited maintenance
(LEDs last three times longer than high pressure sodium lamps).
The system envisages floodlights positioned on the roofs of the
buildings around the Basilica, with most beams directed from top to
bottom so as to minimize light pollution and reduce night time
intensity. Meanwhile the green of the Basilica's copper dome, visible
from the surrounding hills, will be picked off by a cooler light.
At 9 p.m. on Sunday September 18 the illumination of Piazza dei Signori
and the adjacent squares will be accompanied by a free open-air concert
of famous pieces by Ennio Morricone performed by the Orchestra Roma
Sinfonietta, conducted by the maestro himself, the soprano Susanna
Rigacci and the Nuovo Coro Lirico Sinfonico Romano of Tor Vergata
University of Rome.
Gemmo SpA is Italy's leading M&E systems, Public Lighting and Facility
Management operator. Founded in 1919 in Vicenza, Gemmo is today a
multinational company responsible for highly successful and innovative
high-tech projects around the world. Among its most important
achievements in the cultural and artistic sphere are La Fenice Concert
Hall and Opera House, the Royal Palace of Venaria Reale, the Library of
Alexandria in Egypt, Erice Cathedral and Lieges railway station. To
date Gemmo has realized projects in Italy, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay,
Egypt, Libya, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Romania, Turkey, Kosovo,
Bosnia, Russia, Eritrea and Saudi Arabia. In 2010 Gemmo employed 1600
people producing revenues of around 260 million euro, with average YoY
growth of 10%.
SOURCE Gemmo SpA
For further information:
Francesca De Sanctis
Hill & Knowlton