Milano becomes Piano City for a weekend

19-21 May. From classical to rock, all across the city.

This year, for the seventh time, pianos will invade houses, yards, stations, roofs, farmsteads, museums, schools, libraries, laboratories and parks, on trams, on boats and on bicycles across Milan.

The music won't stop from sunset to dawn and from dawn until sunset in a continuous love declaration for the piano, its music and for the city as Milan becomes Piano City from 19 to 21 May.

Pianos will be hosted in the most characteristic corners in the City Concerts category, while the Guest Concerts are self-produced, proposed and organized by various realities such as schools and associations. For the little ones (from 0 to 12), the Piano Kids events include workshops and lessons.

This year’s edition will open with a concert by Canadian pianist and Grammy Award winner Chilly Gonzales, who will play on the main stage of the GAM Modern Art Gallery in Via Palestro on the evening of 19 May. Equally at home with classical, rap and electronic music, Gonzales also holds a Guinness world record for the longest ever solo piano performance at 27 hours, 3 minutes 44 seconds.

Among other unique events, English composer and pianist Michael Nyman has been commissioned to conduct a new version of The Otherwise Very Beautiful Blue Danube Waltz on 50 toy pianos, played by children taken from the audience. There will be six opportunities to play under his baton at the Piano Center on 20 and 21 May.

Full details of the weekend’s programme, ranging from classical to rock, from ragtime to pop, are available on the Piano City Milan 2017 website.

All the performances are free of charge, although some may be open only as long as places are available, and a few require prior booking on the website because of limitations of space.