Milan becomes Piano City again

20-22 May. A weekend of piano music around the city

This year once again, pianos will invade houses, yards, stations, roofs, farmsteads, museums, schools, libraries, laboratories and parks around the city for the fourth edition of Piano City Milano.

The music won't stop for a 24-hour programme of concerts each day from Friday 20 to Sunday 22 May in a continuous love declaration for the piano and its music, from Bach to be-bop, from ragtime to Rachmaninov. he piano will sound in private homes, courtyards, squares, parks, stations and museums, as well as the Gam/Pac museum centre on Via Palestro and the Royal Villa gardens.

The opening session on Friday night will introduce 50 uninterrupted hours of music which will accompany the city through the weekend. The “glue” will be two night marathons, Pianonight on Friday and Pianorave on Saturday, which will finish with two evocative concerts, the first at sunrise with a view of Milan directly from the roofs of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, and the second in front of Palazzina Liberty in the suggestive Vittorio Formentano park.

Piano City Milano means bringing music everywhere, above all into areas which normally don't host any concert, turning visual fields upside down and turning Milano into a great concert hall. Pianos will be hosted in the most characteristic Milanese corners thanks to City Concerts, while the Guest Concerts are appointments which are self-produced, proposed and organized by various realities such as schools and associations.

There will even be appointments for kids from 0 to 12 in the Piano Kids programme: workshops and lessons for children.

Many of the events are free of charge, but some – especially on private premises – will require booking through the event website. Organisers advise you to check the website entry again if you find a concert booked out: you might find cancellations have opened a space. Other events will be free of both entry charge and booking as long as seats are available.

The event website offers a 43-page programme for download, but also an interactive map and a database where enthusiasts can filter by city zone, day and time of day to see what’s on.