Already for its 10th edition, the MITO September Music Festival brings Milan and Turin together through music (hence MITO, which also means ‘myth’) and is well worth visiting. The festival is organized by the Association for the Milan International Music Festival and the Turin Culture Foundation. The event runs from 4th to 21st September, and lives up to its name, meaning myth, or legend.
The full program has a little of something musical for everyone: children’s workshops, lectures, and concerts at the Scala and the Regio- with a host of globally renowned musicians. Enjoy contemporary, ancient, sacred and profane music with performing groups such as the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and the Cappella Amsterdam directed by Daniel Reuss. Or perhaps the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Yuri Temirkanov with the famous Third Piano Concerto by Sergei Rachmaninoff, played by the young Federico Colli, winner of the 2012 Leeds International Piano Competition; maybe Zubin Mehta who conducts the Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Le sacre du printemps by Stravinsky and Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony (two milestones in the history of Western music); or what about an exclusive performance in Turin by the Budapest Festival Orchestra conducted by Iván Fischer with music by Bartók and Dvořák; in Milan Sir Antonio Pappano will conduct the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and the great cellist Mario Brunello will play music by Beethoven and Dvořák. The Munich Chamber Orchestra will play in both cities, with an eclectic program ranging from Mozart to Lutosłaswki, and the pianist Aldo Ciccolini will be returning to the stage with an all Mozart concert. In Turin Uto Ughi will appear with his Rome-based orchestra, while Gianandrea Noseda will be on the platform with the Orchestra of the Teatro Regio, performing a programme of music by Mahler. So, here is MITO in numbers: 209 events in 99 usual and unusual places – concert halls, auditoriums, churches, squares, courtyards, museums and palaces – of which 183 will be concerts. There will also be an area tailor-made for the music of Benjamin Britten and George Benjamin, two modern British composers.
Amongst the interesting things to be found in Milan there is Music Therapy day, which comprises a conference on the subject and a concert by the Orchestra Sinfonica Esagramma, conducted by Licia Sbattella, an orchestra formed of young people with mental health challenges; all of whom have attended courses in Orchestral Music Therapy.
What more is there? The supporters of MITO include both Turin’s and Milan’s Chambers of Commerce, Intesa Sanpaolo, Eni, Compagnia di San Paolo, and the event is sponsored by Enel, Pirelli, Risanamento SpA; the media partners are Corriere della Sera, La Stampa, Rai Radio3 and Radiotelevisione Svizzera; and the technical sponsors are ATM – Azienda Trasporti Milanesi, FAI – Fondo Ambiente Italiano, Fazioli Pianoforti, Tim and The Westin Palace Milano.