International Festival of Sacred Music in Milan

International Festival of Sacred Music


sacred music in milan

 For those interested in information about the International Festival of Sacred Music in Milan summer 2014 click here

Sacred music in Milan, festival of early music, will take place in some of the most beautiful and renowned churches of Milan, offering a great opportunity to visit them while enjoying a moment of great sacred music in Milan, guaranteeing an unforgettable experience.

The festival will start on Tuesday 15th July, with the wonderful concert Salve Regina performed by the ensemble Accademia Bizantina in the magic setting of the Basilica di Santa Maria della Passione, second only to the Cathedral in size, and rich in art treasures. Also the concerts Ambrogio e Gregorio: una giornata con il canto proprio della Chiesa (July 27th, all the day), Concerto a due organi (July 29th), A due chori (August 4th), Da Pérotin a Pärt (August 16th, performed by the renowned Hilliard Ensemble), and the great final concert Juditha triumphans by the ensemble Les Talens Lyriques (August 28th) will take place in the Basilica.

Among the many art treasures guarded in this church, it is impossible not to mention the Sala Capitolare del Bergognone, an important ceremonial space decorated with incredible frescoes. Here, the American lutenist Robert Barto will perform the concert Il liuto nel mondo germanico on August 13th.

The second concert of the season, O Radiant Dawn, will be performed by the British singers Stile Antico in the astonishing Santa Maria delle Grazie on July the 22nd: an unmissable opportunity to see the famous church next to the Last Supper of Leonardo Da Vinci in a peculiar setting.

Later in summer, great concerts will take place in the 15th century church of San Bernardino alle Monache, an hidden treasure in the middle of Milan. Here, the concerts Bach Padre e Bach Figlio, Flammende Rose and Jean-Philippe Rameau will take place respectively on July 31st, August 6th and August 27th. Always in August, on the 25th, it will be possible to assist to an “all-Bach-performance” by French organist Michel Bouvard in the wonderful Basilica di San Simpliciano, located in one of the most charming areas of the city, Brera.

The concert La Famiglia Bach (on August 8th) will offer to the public the chance to visit the Chiesa di San Sepolcro, where the famous Biblioteca Ambrosiana is located, while on August 12th the Basilica of San Vincenzo in Prato, one of the most ancient in Milan, will be the venue for  Il Barocco italiano e Tedesco.

There are further concert in  August. On August 18th, the concert will be in a not-so-known location in Milan, Santa Maria Annunciata in Chiesa Rossa church. This modern church holds the last work by the famous contemporary artist Dan Flavin. On August 20th, the beautiful setting of San Pietro in Gessate will be the scenario for an amazing performance of musical works by Monteverdi and Frescobaldi recently rediscovered.

 On August 10th there is the incredible opportunity of 6 guided visits to the Coro di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore (voted as Milan best attraction on Tripadvisor), paired with musical moments performed by the students of Milan’s Istituto di Musica Antica – Civica Scuola di Musica. Reservation required.

Milano Arte Musica is thus one the best way to enjoy Milan during summer. MilanoCard holders are entitled to a free copy of the festival booklet (around 170 pages, including musical programmes, texts of sung parts, artists’ biographies, artistic and historic explanation of the concert venues).

All the churches are well connected with Milan public transports, free for MilanoCard holders; here you can find a list of public transports useful to reach the different venues:

Locations Milano Arte Music

Basilica di Santa Maria della Passione and Sala Capitolare del Bergognone

via Conservatorio 16 MM San Babila, tram 9, 23, bus 54, 61, 94

Basilica di Santa Maria delle Grazie

Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie MM Cadorna, tram 1, 16, 27, bus 50, 58

Chiesa di San Bernardino alle Monache

via Lanzone 13 MM S. Ambrogio, tram 2, bus 50, 58, 94

Chiesa di San Sepolcro (Biblioteca Ambrosiana)

piazza San Sepolcro MM Duomo, tram 1, 2, 3, 12, 14, 15, 16, 27

Coro di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore

corso Magenta 13/15 MM Cadorna, tram 1, 4, 16, 27, bus 50, 57, 58, 61, 94

Basilica di San Vincenzo in Prato

piazzetta Beria di Argentine angolo via S. Calocero MM S. Agostino, tram 2, 14, bus 94

Chiesa di Santa Maria Annunciata in Chiesa Rossa

via Montegani angolo via Neera MM Abbiategrasso, tram 3, 15, bus 79

Chiesa di San Pietro in Gessate

piazza San Pietro in Gessate MM San Babila, tram 9, 12, 23, 27, bus 54, 60, 73, 77, 84, 94

Basilica di San Simpliciano

piazza San Simpliciano MM Lanza/Moscova, tram 2, 4, 12, 14, bus 43, 57, 61, 94

For more info about the festival, please visit

With MilanoCard you will get a free booklet of the event!

Here you can find all the locations and dates: calendario Cappella musicale Milano Arte Musica 2014

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