It’s time, once again,
for MITO SettembreMusica!

MITO SettembreMusica is back, brimming with music, musicians and ideas. Once again, the cities of Milano and Torino team up to showcase a wealth of grand cultural heritage, which at last we can share and enjoy after so much travail. In the wake of last year’s festival, which the pandemic failed to put the brakes on as we turned our fucus to artists and performers hailing exclusively from that great classical music hub known as Italy, this year MITO returns as a standard bearer on the international scene, the true hallmark of this one-of-a-kind music festival.

The fifteenth edition of MITO SettembreMusica is dedicated to Fiorenzo Alfieri (1943-2020)

The involvement of talent from all over Europe reflects the kind of global flavor and outlook – which we were forced to forsake last year – that a cultural event of such proportions symbolizes and strives for, now more than ever.


Chiara Appendino

Chiara Appendino
Mayor of Torino
Honorary President of MITO SettembreMusica

Giuseppe Sala

Giuseppe Sala
Mayor of Milano
Honorary President of MITO SettembreMusica

 

The time has come to restart

The time has come to restart, after months of hardship, pain and privation. In truth, unlike many cultural events, MITO SettembreMusica never came to a halt – not even last year. Fast forward to 2021, and here we are once again bringing audiences the great music they crave.

The respective City Governments of Torino and Milano kept believing in us, and the organizational teams from the Torino Foundation for Culture and the Pomeriggi Musicali Foundation of Milano strove under the artistic direction of Maestro Campogrande to come up with a program that continued to be a work-in-progress as the pandemic raged, despite the many uncertainties we were faced with, day in and day out. Given the context, the huge job of planning concerts and lining up artists was neither easy nor devoid of complications, as we were forced to deal with an array of ever-changing rules and mandates in uncertain times. As we go to press, indoor gatherings are limited to a maximum of 500 persons, and 1,000 for outdoor gatherings. However, the longing for live music, enjoyed in the company of other music lovers, is what keeps MITO SettembreMusica going. Of course, hats off and many thanks to all our loyal sponsors and partners – first and foremost IntesaSanPaolo, which, while sustaining a myriad of important initiatives in the battle against Covid-19, never backed down. They stood by our side, with generosity and conviction in support of this year’s edition of the festival, thanks to their firm belief that culture nourishes the soul.

Here is a good place to emphasize the importance of the social dimension that has always been a key feature of MITO SettembreMusica – our attention to children, who are our audiences of tomorrow, with weekend performances just for them; popularly priced tickets that everyone can afford; performances not only in downtown venues, but in theaters and spaces located in outlying districts, as we bring top-name artists to the people as part of a celebration of music that’s truly citywide. The theme chosen for the 2021 edition of MITO SettembreMusica is “Futures” – we’d be hard pressed to come up with a concept more apropos. As I said, it’s time to restart, and that means looking ahead, while keeping in mind that in the wake of the pandemic, none of us will ever be the same. From now on, the entire world must learn from past mistakes – those we fell prey to over the course of the past year and a half, responsible for so much pain and strife.

Attention to children, who are our audiences of tomorrow, with weekend performances just for them; popularly priced tickets that everyone can afford; performances not only in downtown venues, but in theaters and spaces located in outlying districts: this is MITO.

This year’s festival brings back the tried-and-true MITO SettembreMusica formula, the kind of success story that our audiences have come to demand. Each concert presents and illustrates a fil rouge that unites great music from the past with contemporary pieces, including a host of world and Italian premieres. No doubt, the emotions and sentiments evoked will come in handy as we set about reformulating the world we’d like to live in, in this case thanks to the examples and works of so many past artists and composers that succeeded in renewing and revamping tradition as they bequeathed to us their visions of the future.

And if you take a close look, the little bird drawn with musical symbols – the MITO SettembreMusica logo – appears to be gazing at the horizon where our future lies. A future alive with music that spurs us onward and inspires, filling us with the rhythms and energy we need to envision and create a better, brighter world. In the meantime, MITO SettembreMusica 2021 is yours to enjoy!


Anna Gastel

Anna Gastel
President of MITO SettembreMusica