The play of light. Relationship between music and light,
between listening and seeing.

This year’s MITO SettembreMusica program explores, imaginarily, the relationship between music and light, between listening and seeing. Such relationships are sometimes rendered explicit by composers – indications like chiaro or scuro or luminoso appear in many scores created in different places and in different ages. At times those relationships are the result of external reflections that come about during listening. Like all encounters, the synesthesia between sound and imagery creates added value, which is to say, the availability of an array of moods when it comes to both creating and listening to music. Considering the different lights concealed in the music selected for our program means playing and singing with a whole new awareness, as we offer concert-goers a complete listening experience.  

The idea, the play of light has been applied to the creation of a program that purposely contains a host of masterpieces, cornerstones of classical music. Considering the complicated and dramatic times we’re living in, we think it’s important to reach out to the music that has made history, so that it might accompany us and reassure us – cultural bedrock, as it were, for sure footing. Thus, we fire them up and color them with new interpretative intentions, and present them in specially designed concerts, many of which also feature accompanying world or Italian premieres. A program that’s been carefully thought out and executed.

The idea, the play of light has been applied to the creation of a program that purposely contains a host of masterpieces.

In offering audiences the opportunity to hear some of the greatest music ever written, we’ve also included a special section dedicated to the string quartet. For the first time, MITO SettembreMusic has its own resident ensemble. As always, besides major downtown theaters and concert halls, a great many performances will be held at venues located throughout both host cities, for a kind of festival within a festival, featuring fourteen leading Italian pianists. They’ll be bringing us musical monographies of some of history’s greatest pianists. Concerts like “Beethoven’s Piano”, “Chopin’s Piano” and many more promise to be in-depth explorations of great composers’ poetics, styles and techniques.

A kind of festival within a festival, featuring fourteen leading Italian pianists bringing us musical monographies of some of history’s greatest pianists.

There’s also new light shed on concerts designed for children and their families. Kids ages 6 and up can look forward to afternoon performances in grand style, featuring three masterpieces of musical literature – Peter and the Wolf, Babar the Elephant and The Carnival of the Animals – with three newly revised scores, two of which were commissioned by MITO. For children 5 and under, there’s the MUSA project, an immersion in music that’s nothing short of a reawakening.

In times as hard as these have been, it’s comforting to know that the energy and beauty of music are still there for us, echoing through our hearts and souls. How sweet it will be to return to the packed concert halls. We can’t wait to see you.  


Nicola Campogrande

Nicola Campogrande
Artistic Director