Piano Fes­ti­val strikes right note with new logo

New Ross Standard - - NEWS - By DAVID LOOBY

NEW ROSS PIANO FES­TI­VAL has a fresh, new look, with a bright new logo fea­tur­ing the quays and town of New Ross, with a mu­si­cal twist.

De­signed by UK based Mar­shall Light Stu­dio, the piano fes­ti­val logo and brochure is colour­ful and eye-catch­ing.

So­phie Light of Mar­shall Light Stu­dios said: ‘With the re-brand for the New Ross Piano Fes­ti­val we needed to high­light the fes­ti­val’s col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach, cel­e­brate the piano and en­gage both lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional au­di­ences. Our ini­tial re­ac­tion to vis­it­ing New Ross was its beau­ti­ful set­ting, with the river­side lo­ca­tion, lay­ered rows of pas­tel coloured houses rolling up the hill to­wards St Mary’s Church, and the his­tor­i­cal arched bridge. We de­signed a new logo that en­cap­su­lated the vi­brancy and char­ac­ter of New Ross by il­lus­trat­ing th­ese el­e­ments and shap­ing them within a grand piano icon.’

For the wider brand de­sign, Ms Light said the com­pany ap­plied a hand-cut pa­per il­lus­tra­tion style that is friendly and wel­com­ing, with a colour pal­ette in­spired by the New Ross sky­line.

‘ The il­lus­tra­tions play­fully over­lap el­e­ments of the piano with the town­scape, to cre­ate a mem­o­rable and unique brand iden­tity that is in­trin­si­cally linked to what is at the heart of the fes­ti­val – the town of New Ross and the piano.’

This year’s fes­ti­val gets un­der way on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 26, and runs un­til Sun­day, Septem­ber 30. The main con­cert on Fri­day, Septem­ber 28, at 8 p.m., presents Anne-Marie McDer­mott per­form­ing Bach’s Third English Suite, Alexan­dra Dari­escu with Svetlin Rous­sev (vi­o­lin) and Marc Coppey (cello) per­form­ing Shostakovich’s Sec­ond Piano Trio, fin­ish­ing with Finghin Collins per­form­ing Chopin’s 24 Pre­ludes.

The evening con­cert on Satur­day at 7.30 p.m. fea­tures Finghin Collins per­form­ing De­bussy and the world pre­miere of John Buck­ley’s Three Pre­ludes for Piano (a New Ross Piano Fes­ti­val com­mis­sion); Anne-Marie McDer­mott fol­lows with Svetlin Rous­sev and Marc Coppey in Men­delssohn’s Sec­ond Piano Trio, and Alexan­dra Dari­escu presents works by Beethoven and Chopin.

The clos­ing con­cert sees Alexan­dra Dari­escu per­form­ing French del­i­ca­cies by Ger­maine Taille­ferre and Mes­si­aen, Finghin Collins with Svetlin Rous­sev and Marc Coppey per­form­ing Schu­bert’s B flat ma­jor Trio, and Anne-Marie McDer­mott per­form­ing Haydn’s late C ma­jor sonata and Prokofiev’s 6th sonata.

In be­tween there are sev­eral con­certs fea­tur­ing an eclec­tic mix of piano ar­range­ments.

See www.newrosspi­anofes­ti­val.com for ticket in­for­ma­tion.

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