The proposals for the weekend in Milan

“The Befana got angry” on January 6 at the Magnet space

Friday 6 January

The sacred and profane ‘Christmas Oratorio’ with the Baroque in the Auditorium

On the occasion of the end of the Christmas holidays, from 6 pm in the Largo Mahler Auditorium, the Milan Symphony Orchestra will once again present a masterpiece of Baroque music, the Christmas Oratorio (Weihnachts-Oratorium) for soloists, choir and orchestra BWV 248 by Johann Sebastian Bach. The instrumental and vocal ensemble laBarocca offers the monumental sacred composition in integral form. Profession of faith and popular spirit, the Christmas Oratorio, composed in Leipzig, where Bach was Cantor for more than ten years, for the Christmas liturgy of 1734 -1735, is presented as a cycle of six cantatas, one dedicated to each of the six holidays between Christmas Day and Epiphany. For the musical creation, Bach made extensive use of the adaptation, with new text, of passages taken from previous compositions, both of sacred and profane subjects.

‘The Befana got angry’, children celebrating at the Magnet space

The Epiphany has arrived and while everyone is happy only one person is always desperate and angry: the Befana! Yes, because in theory everyone loves Santa Claus, everyone wants Santa Claus, and no one cares about her who always arrives last, her shoes are all broken, she brings coal and takes away the holidays. And so she refuses even to leave the house. A parody of this Christmas figure so dear to children is staged in the show ‘La Befana si è angry’, by the Ditta Gioco Fiaba, at 4 pm in the Magnet space in via Adriano, for children aged 4 and up. It will be two slave caregivers of this somewhat special old lady who will do their best to resolve the situation between psychologists, trained cats and Santa Claus who is now ready for the holidays. A comic and interactive show about the Epiphany, with candies for everyone at the end.

Saturday 7 January

‘The Witness-Climate Change’, Vadukul’s photos at the Sozzani Foundation

Max Vadukul – born in Nairobi in Kenya, in 1961, of Indian parents – is one of the very few photographers of his generation to continue the tradition of reportage artistic photography. His projects are often linked to naturalistic and cultural aspects that open up to interpretations on several levels. His images are visually structured as an element of mediation between the identification of a narrative theme and his highly personal creative language. The author at the center of the exhibition, at the Sozzani Foundation in Corso Como, is Max Vadukul ‘The Witness, Climate Change’, a reportage of twenty large-format images entirely dedicated to the environment and the effects of climate change. Vadukul has documented some of the world’s most polluted areas with a hypnotic and inspiring gaze that speaks the truth and asks questions.

The exhibition-comparison-debate ‘Unknown Unknowns’ at the Triennale

The ‘Unknown Unknowns’ exhibition at the Triennale is unique of its kind. The thematic review, curated by Ersilia Vaudo, astrophysicist, is the nerve center of the 23rd International Exhibition, conceived as a space for open and plural debate and comparison, where different experiences, cultures and perspectives can converge. ‘Unknown Unknowns’ – the organizers explain – seeks to answer a series of questions about what we still “don’t know that we don’t know” in various fields: from the evolution of the city to the oceans, from genetics to astrophysics. A profound experience which, involving designers, architects, artists, playwrights and musicians, gives us the possibility of overturning our idea of ​​the world. A path with soft and permeable contours that presents more than one hundred works, projects and installations by international artists, researchers and designers.

Sunday 8 January

The Austrian baritone Markus Werba in recital at La Scala

Markus Werba, baritone Austrian born in Carinthia in 1973, he began his studies at the Klagenfurt Conservatory and then continued in Vienna with Walter Berry. His career got off to a startlingly fast start after being cast by George Strehler for William of So do alla production that was to inaugurate the Nuovo in 1998 Little Theater of Milan and the last directed by the maestro. Now he returns once again to La Scala where he is at home for the new year with one of the greatest musical masterpieces of all time, Winterreise by Franz Schubert. Werba, a very sensitive and ductile interpreter, is accompanied by Michele Gamba, as a pianist, fresh from the success of last season’s Rigoletto. Last spring Werba was among the protagonists of “Ariadne aut Naxos” by Richard Strauss again at the Piermarini.

milan weekend – MALPENSA24

The proposals for the weekend in Milan – MALPENSA24