Milan, Turin host 11th MITO Settembre Musica festival

3-21 Sept. MITO Settembre Musica festival on the theme of Nature.

Divided as ever between Milan and Turin, this year’s programme of 140 concerts by world class musicians will focus around the theme of Nature.

Venues alternate between traditional concert halls and non-traditional, decentralized locations, with some performances by the same artists in different settings. Many performances feature free admission, while popular-priced tickets for the rest of the shows means access to great music for diverse and wide-ranging audiences.

Each performance will be preceded by a brief introduction designed to enhance the listening experience for novices and experts alike. In the programme, performance titles and short descriptions will help concert-goers make their choices based on personal tastes and interests.

This year again, MITO SettembreMusica continues its commitment to children, with a veritable festival within a festival: another round of children's concerts to encourage a joyful and playful listening experience. 

Highlights include the Open Singing events, with some 25,000 singers filling Milano's Piazza del Duomo and Turin's Piazza San Carlo. Musical scores will be distributed free of charge to allow one and all to sing along.  Another outdoor event is the performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony by the Italian Youth Orchestra in the same two piazzas.

Referring to fears of terrorist attacks on public gatherings, MITO artistic director Nicola Campogrande urges everyone to put aside their hesitation.  “Come into the piazzas,” invited Campogrande, “not just to defend our culture, but because it makes us all feel better.”

The full programme of 19 days of concerts in both cities is available on the festival website.