MITO SettembreMusica 2018
The name MITO SettembreMusica itself sums up and reveals the uniqueness of this music festival: It is a bridge that links two nearby yet very distinct northern Italian cities, Milano and Torino. To get from one to the other it’s only a 50-minute train ride. Yet despite the advent of quick connections and globalization, both cities remain closely bound to their respective roots, and maintain styles and traditions that make them so different. Visitors are amazed and enticed by each city’s unique flavor and atmosphere. This year audiences can look forward to basically the same program for Milano and Torino, with slight variations that bring out the best in both host cities. Many Torino- and Milano-based musical groups have performed at MITO SettembreMusica over the years and taken advantage of the opportunity to create exchanges and build friendships – that’s just another way this festival connects the two host cities. 2018 marks the third year for Maestro Nicola Campogrande as Artistic Director. Thanks to his leadership, MITO SettembreMusica has consolidated a renewed format, where the focus is on classical music and an exploration of the vast world of contemporary classical music. Each concert has been thought out to provide an insightful mix of music based on this year’s theme, Dance. Performances feature well-known pieces and lesser known ones, and some even showcase pieces commissioned by MITO. All of them are sure to spark the curiosity of audiences, thrill and win them over. The allusion to the kermis revolves around a broader discussion that will also entice audiences. Active listening experiences become connected as they inspire new ideas, thoughts and debates that derive from music and lead back to music; they generate not only pleasure and emotion, but awareness and in-depth elaboration of those sensations.
In all, 16 days of music in each host city, for a total of 125 performances that have been conceived for people to enjoy in the truest sense of the word. A celebration of music for the people, open to all, there for all to revel in. This is by no means any elite, aristocratic ritual! MITO prides itself in being a totally accessible festival – from very affordable ticket prices to the choice of venues, many of which are not usually home to classical music. Afternoon and evening shows make up the bulk of this year’s performances, with children’s shows on weekends.
MITO audiences are always on the go, and it’s not uncommon for friendships to strike up from one concert to the next, with heartfelt exchanges of opinions of the music and the sensations it inspires. That’s just another way MITO breaks down barriers.
I’d like to thank all the many volunteers who have worked so hard and so enthusiastically to make this festival happen. They, too, know that music is a language of universal beauty.
All this is MITO, a formula for success.
Anna Gastel
President of MITO SettembreMusica
 
I Sindaci
MITO SettembreMusica makes its annual return, proof once again of the constructive collaboration between two major Italian cities, which, through music, have redefined that way the two cities engage in dialogue with the public and with the local areas playing host to the festival. MITO brings music to every corner of Milano and Torino, showing how this form of art, an expression of human sensitivity and a sign of civilization, can point the way to new solutions for community, dialogue and awareness.
MITO SettembreMusica has always been known for its interdisciplinary spirit, and this year’s focus is on Dance. But also on dancing – the body rhythmic, bodies moving harmoniously together. We’re certain this combination will “move” tens of thousands of locals and tourists to the concert venues. To the pleasure of anyone who wants to dance in their minds from one piece to the next, or those who may not resist the temptation to move their bodies to the music during the special dance performances, even if it’s just a little toe-tapping.
MITO 2018 promises to be one big, kaleidoscopic Suite in which dances past and present become a social metaphor, a source of inspiration, a platform for exchange and discovery. All played out not only on some of the cities’ finest stages, but in some non-traditional venues as well. MITO means connecting with people and collective growth around values of diversity.
 
Chiara Appendino
Mayor of Torino
 
Giuseppe Sala
Mayor of Milano
 
Honorary Co-Presidents of MITO SettembreMusica
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