Villa Simonetta and the Enzo Jannacci welcome home. North and South. The music of La Scala unites the city. It was not just a sporting Sunday but the beginning of one four free days dedicated by the Theater in Milan and at the end of a complicated year for live events, before the summer break.
Philharmonic, orchestra, choir and corps de ballet scattered in 14 selected locations in Milan, from the center to the suburbs. Alla Renaissance villa in via Stilicone, once known as a place of delights, today the seat of the Civic School of Music Claudio Abbado is the Female Choir. The echo is no longer heard in the hall of honor, as the facade of the building still remembers (according to Stendhal, who passed a visit to Milan, the voice was repeated 40 times while a rifle shot up to 75). On the program Rachmaninov, Holst, Rutter and anonymous directed by Bruno Casoni with Marco De Gaspari at the piano, on the pebbles. The public, past the arches of the 15th century facade, in the C of the internal courtyard. There are the fans: In abstinence from music, like Maria Cristina Fumagalli and Roberto Lorenza from Sesto San Giovanni. We tried to book everything we managed to block (the concerts sold out in a short time, ed). Finished here we run to the Arcimboldi for the next one. There are waving fans waiting for the start, tight masks and religious silence, couples of chic gentlemen, subscribers to Piermarini who, they say, wanted to follow the last live musical moment before going on holiday to Venice, they tell. We have long since passed sixty but we had never been to Villa Simonetta, a great opportunity.
The choir in long black dress starts while Lavinia and Matilda (7 and 4 years old), sailor dress and blond curls, hint at a sitting dance. The oldest had to start the chorister course, we also often attend the concerts for children organized by La Scala, explains the mother. There are usually no small children at the home for adults in via Ortles, where the brass sparkles in front of the garden of the day center and the music has a special role, as confirmed by the title of Jannacci in 2014. Here too there are fans – a few less shirts, cigarettes lit during the concert – but the same emotion . I am here because I love life, music and I try to externalize my mood: I am happy, says Giuseppe, a guest of the Jannacci House since before Covid. Also Dario Ambrosi, a true Milanese, guest for over two years: I can’t wait for it to start, I’ve never been to La Scala. Brian Richard Earl, the director, kicks off by presenting pages by Georg Friedrich Hndel. I came here because close to home, on Wednesday I take my mother-in-law to the Theater, she is 90 and has never entered, Cristina points out. I think it is necessary to say thanks to La Scala, not everyone can afford occasions like these and professionals of this caliber. Even Camilla (23 years old and a past as a Piano City volunteer) says: I risked exhaustion to book everything I wanted to follow, it seemed incredible to me to participate in so many appointments for free. Between each change of music, the applause grows louder: trumpets, horns, trombones, bass tuba and timpani rise to thank the audience. Surprisingly, the brass ends with the Italian anthem and a touch of emotion.
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11 July 2021 | 22:15
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