About the Festival
‘Geography’, seen as a journey into music through space, different languages, traditions and destinations is the core theme of the 13th edition of MITO Settembre Musica, the music festival revolving around the two cities of Milan and Turin. For 17 days, over 128 concerts, spread between the two cities, offer the ideal chance to discover the repertoires of some of the most significant national music schools that have marked a turning point in the modern music production, ranging from Europe to North and South America, as well as the Far East. In this vision, music is seen as an ideal link connecting symbolic environments, emotions, living spaces and memory.
Following a well-established tradition, the festival opens in Milan on 3 September at Teatro alla Scala in Milan and on 4 September at Turin’s Teatro Regio with a special concert by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Zubin Mehta featuring the participation of Martha Argerich at the piano. Aptly titled ‘Mundi’, the concert brings together contrasting sounds such as Beethoven’s Second Concert for Piano with the biographical theme of Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique.
The music programme
Not just a journey through different physical destinations, but also into time. This year’s programme for MITO Settembre Musica embraces a vast period spanning from Palestrina to Bach, from Händel to Beethoven and Brahms, up to the 20th-century maestros like Gershwin and Bernstein. Particular attention is also given to modern music featuring over 127 tracks by living musicians among Steve Reich, James MacMillan, Geoffrey King, Chick Corea, Pascal Proust, Gavin Bryars, Caroline Shaw, Rolf Martinsson and Julia Wolfe. Many of the concerts that make up the programme have never been performed before.
Let’s sing along together!
Following the success of the MITO Open Singing initiative held in 2016, the festival has been enhanced by the Giorno dei Cori and Open Singing projects. On 7 September in Turin and on 8 September in Milan, participants will receive printouts of lyrics and musical instructions for free and will be invited to sing along with a choir-guide (the Italian Youth Chorus) and a thousand choir members who will mingle with the audience, under the baton of conductor Michael Gohl.
Tickets and Information
Tickets for the afternoon shows and for kids: 5 euro.
Tickets for the open concerts: 3 euro
Tickets for the night concert span from 10 to 30 euro.
For additional information, please visit www.mitosettembremusica.it