MITO SettembreMusica is a fantastic jamboree divided into a series of concerts and performances that create a virtual link between Lombardy and Piedmont, a truly awe-inspiring September musical event featuring an intriguing blend of musical awareness and listening pleasure.
Always faithful to its own identity, this year, the MITO SettembreMusica Festival once again confirms its winning formula: a musical extravaganza of the highest order at affordable prices. Scheduled to be held between 5 and 23 September at its two historic locations – the cities of Milan and Turin – the red carpet of the sixth edition of the festival, boasting a double billing divided into a series of concerts, performances, talks with musicians and a great mix of disparate musical genres including classic, pop, jazz, ethnic and avant-garde music concerts, will be graced by the best of the international musical establishment.
The 2012 edition of MITO SettembreMusica kicks off on Wednesday 5 September at Turin’s Teatro Regio with Orchestre National de France, conducted by Daniele Gatti, for a tribute to Claude Debussy marking the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth. On 6 September Gatti and company head to Milano to open the festival there at the Teatro alla Scala. A whole series of performances will be featuring the music of Debussy, including symphonies, chamber music and a slew of piano works performed by talented young musicians. The festival will serve as a one-of-a-kind opportunity to listen to several of the world’s best- loved and renowned soloists, the most famous orchestras and the most prominent conductors: Yuri Temirkanov with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra (8 September at Teatro degli Arcimboldi), the young Andrea Battistoni (in the picture on the right) with the La Scala PhilharmonicOrchestra (16 September at Mediolanum Forum Assago), Sir Colin Davis and the English Chamber Orchestra 21Septemberatthe“G.Verdi”Conservatory),the Goldberg Variations by Bach performed by pianist Angela Hewitt (7 September at Teatro Elfo Puccini) or Haydn’s Seven Last Words by Christ conducted by Jordi Savall (18 September at the Basilica di San Marco), but also performances dedicated to two living composers, Luis De Pablo of Spain and Kaija Saariaho of Finland, singer-songwriter Paolo Conte (22 September at Teatro degli Arcimboldi), jazz sets by Paolo Fresu and Uri Caine (17 September at Piccolo Teatro Strehler) or the screenings of films including City Lights and The Gold Rush by Chaplin with a live performance of the original soundtrack (20 and 21 September at the’ Aula Magna of the Bocconi University).
Almost 200 appointments which will culminate in Milan with a fabulous end-of-festival party and Dj Sets scheduled to be held on 23 September in Piazza Città di Lombardia in front of Palazzo della Regione.
In the picture below Light Lyrics Soprano Silvia Colombini.
This year, the international, multi-ethnic and multicultural nature of MITO will set the seal on a series of appointments that will open the frontiers of the festival towards new worlds. A Balinese night is the title of the performance dedicated to the sounds and colours of the Island of Bali, reinterpreted by the Gamelan Orchestra with dancers and actors from the Sebatu Company (see photo), 11 September at Teatro della Luna in Assago. Guests of honour will include two countries boasting a rich musical tradition, namely Morocco and Romania: 13 September at the Piccolo Teatro Studio, the Moroccan ensemble Akhawat el-Fane el-Assil will stage The Hadra of the women of Chefchaouen, while on 20 September, the Festival will tribute Romanian composer George Enescu with an inspiring concert at Teatro Elfo Puccini.