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LD Jerry Appelt predicts “new lighting standard” with impression X5 at Das Sommernachtskonzert

Following its premiere in 2004, the Vienna Philharmonic’s Summer Night Concert (Das Sommernachtskonzert) has quickly become a highlight in the Austrian capital’s cultural calendar. And no wonder. For the combination of a world‐class orchestra under the direction of top conductors, in front of the unique backdrop of Schönbrunn Palace, attracts more than 80,000 spectators. On June 16, 2022 it was that time again—and once again,

in front of a full audience.

As lighting designer and DoP, Jerry Appelt has been a constant factor in the production of this classic event for five years. In this role, he designs the entire space, decor and orchestra lighting. Jerry loves the sophisticated combination of orchestral lighting, TV lighting and general staging ambience.

When it comes to lighting the stage, the designer has long since found his favourite rig. While impression X4 was still responsible for a large part of the orchestra lighting in previous years, this year he couldn't resist the temptation to use the brand new GLP impression X5.

No fewer than 62 of the German manufacturer's next‐generation wash lights were used, both as orchestra backlights and for the low sides.

Jerry is highly enthusiastic about the latest generation of GLP's impressions: "In terms of colour range, the X5 is a huge step forward, thanks to the outstanding Lime chip. In particular, when lighting the personnel, for which one likes to fall back on pastel tones, it looks spectacular. It is precisely these skintones, which are often difficult to generate from LED engines, that particularly characterises the basic mood of a light show. The impression X5 does a sensationally good job in that respect.”

Photos © Max Parovsky


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