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

We’ve always been accustomed to welcoming in the return of MITO SettembreMusica as a way to mark the start of a new season of music in Torino and Milano at the end of each summer. The festival has always been a very special way of bringing the two host cities back to life with sounds and ideas. As far as 2020 is concerned, the presence of MITO takes on a whole new meaning. Making music once again really does mean coming back to life, and taking a stand as we overcome the difficulties we’re faced with. In doing so, at this year’s edition of MITO we’ll be mindful of all the guidelines and regulations put in place to protect audiences, performers and staff. There will be fewer concerts this year, and fewer spectators allowed inside each venue. But even in these troubled times, MITO pledges to bring us the high quality that has always been this festival’s hallmark, and promises to engage audiences more than ever.

This year, heralding the return of MITO means reclaiming a dimension of our lives that has been sorely missed of late by all of us. This year’s edition has been made possible by a commitment that goes well beyond the emergency that we’ve all had to come to terms with, a commitment that represents a bridge to the future buttressed by our cultural heritage.

MITO pledges to bring us the high quality that has always been this festival’s hallmark, and promises to engage audiences 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

 

It is with great pleasure and pride that we bring you this year's edition of MITO

The international music festival MITO SettembreMusica is present and accounted for. The decision to go on with the show was made during the challenging period of lockdown, and was a key priority for the administrations in both Milano and Torino, supported by the festival’s long-time sponsors, and carried out with extreme commitment and determination by everyone involved, from our artistic director Nicola Campogrande to the organizers at Fondazione per la Cultura Torino and Fondazione I Pomeriggi Musicali of Milano. That the festival would be held at all was not to be taken for granted, even if it was slated for September. In the meantime, as we know, many other events have seen their cancellation as a result of uncertainty and restrictions imposed on live performances.

This year’s theme, spirits, had already been decided upon before the Coronavirus pandemic struck, yet now it appears especially evocative. In a time of crisis, the indomitable spirit of our people was strong and united. We longed for the salvation of both body and spirit. The spirit that feeds on culture – literature, esthetics and music. One could hear it from windows and courtyards – music being played and sung during lockdown. Music freeing the soul.

The experience of making and listening to music together and the interaction between performers and audiences make each performance a unique and different event. Over the course of the festival’s fifteen days, with shows every afternoon evening, loyal audiences on the go from venue to venue will once again have the chance to exchange news and views on MITO events. It is with great pleasure and pride that we bring you this year’s edition of MITO. We’ll be taking all the necessary precautions as the music flows from the downtown areas to decentralized venues. And we continue to have a special regard for children, with performances designed especially for them. Ticket prices have been reduced as an incentive during a delicate period as far as the economy goes, in the hopes of reaching out to as many people as we can for a spiritual rebirth.

Ticket prices have been reduced as an incentive during a delicate period as far as the economy goes, in the hopes of reaching out to as many people as we can for a spiritual rebirth.

This year’s edition of MITO promises a winning mix of unique performances, with great music from the past as well as contemporary sounds and premieres, all connected by an appeal to anyone who loves the kind of music that enthralls and engrosses. And this time around, the little bird in our logo is singing against the backdrop of a new dawn glowing with magical colors. May this betoken ever higher flights of our spirit thanks to music. Enjoy!


Anna Gastel

Anna Gastel
President of MITO SettembreMusica