International level performances at openings and events
Young musicians performing on every third Thursday evening
Concerts and special projects for children and families
International Outreach Concerts
Brera/Musica is an innovative interdisciplinary project created by the Brera Gallery to explore the relationship between the visual arts and music. The idea for the project was inspired by Franz Liszt’s ‘Deuxième Année de Pèlerinage’, the most important musical document that addresses the convergence of these two art forms.
Many museums and galleries offer concert series, however, Brera/Musica goes one step further in integrating the project into the artistic, academic and intellectual fabric of the gallery’s work and vision. The project has four main activities: international level performances throughout the year at openings and other events; international outreach concerts; concerts and special projects for children and families; young musicians performing on every third Thursday evening of every month in front of chosen paintings with carefully selected repertory.
The Archivio Storico Ricordi, one of the world’s most important musical archives and key component in the Brera cultural hub, has become a major partner in the Brera/Musica project. The collaboration will see the Archive’s commitment to the Brera/Musica goals contributing access to its unique collection with the aim of realising the performance of archival repertory together with supporting exhibition material for concerts and events.
Brera/Musica has produced important media material that captures the breadth of the project’s content and vision starting with the ‘Sposalizio’ video performed in front of Raphael’s ‘Sposalizio della Vergine’ (The Betrothal of the Virgin), the masterpiece that inspired the Hungarian composer on his first visit to Brera in 1837 and the opening work of the 2nd Year of Pilgrimage (Italy) by Franz Liszt – Italian painting, sculpture and poetry transformed into music.