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MITO International Music Festival in Milan and Torino Posted by on Sep 17, 2021 in Culture

Ciao a tutti! 

It is already mid-September, which I find sbalorditivo (bewildering). I wanted to share a festival I wish I could be at in Milano/Torino now, and that is the MITO International Music Festival, or MITO SettembreMusica.

The festival runs during the month of September, this year from Sept 9 – Sept 26, and is a cultural collaboration between the cities of Milan and Turin that host a series of classical concerts. Performances range in size from grand assemblies in churches and concert halls to smaller ensembles in the cities’ piazzas. You’ll find nightly programs in each city which feature works from Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, and more.

From the site:

“Torna MITO SettembreMusica con la sua carica di musica, di musicisti e di idee. Torna quell’asse tra le due città di Milano e Torino inteso a valorizzare il nostro patrimonio culturale, che finalmente riprendiamo a condividere e a fruire insieme. E dopo l’edizione dello scorso anno, tutta italiana, tutta volta a valorizzare e impiegare i talenti del nostro Paese, per troppo tempo rimasti fermi a causa della pandemia, quest’anno il festival riguadagna quella dimensione e quella vocazione autenticamente internazionali che lo hanno sempre caratterizzato.

Il coinvolgimento di talenti dall’Europa diventa quindi simbolo di quell’apertura alla dimensione globale della cultura a cui siamo stati costretti a rinunciare nell’ultimo anno, ma della quale oggi sentiamo più che mai forte la necessità.”

“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 focus 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 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.”

To read about the history of the MITO SettembreMusica, click here. 

This years theme is “futuri” (futures):

La pandemia ci ha costretto a concentrarci sul presente. Perché per mesi il nostro futuro è stato ipotecato, interrotto. In molti casi addirittura cancellato in modo drammatico. Non ci è rimasto che vivere giorno per giorno, nell’incertezza, esitando ogni volta che ci toccava fare previsioni, fissare impegni, muoverci verso percorsi articolati. Ci hanno soccorso, tra gli altri, gli artisti. E tra loro, in particolare, i musicisti.

La musica classica, per sua natura, riunisce l’eredità del passato e il respiro del presente; e li consegna al futuro.

Siamo ancora feriti dalla pandemia, non ci sono dubbi. Ma cominciamo a vedere una luce in fondo al tunnel. A questo, a condurci e ad accompagnarci verso il domani, vuole servire MITO 2021. Con fiducia e speranza.”

“The pandemic forced us to focus on the present. Because for six months our future was mortgaged, interrupted. In many cases, even erased dramatically. All we could do was live for the day, amid uncertainty, hesitating every time we set about making plans, scheduling appointments, and moving along once well-defined pathways. Among others who came to the rescue were the artists. And among them, musicians in particular.

Classical music, by nature, brings together legacies of the past and the quintessence of the present, as it bequeaths them to the future.

Sure, open wounds remain, the toll taken by the pandemic. But we’ve begun to see the light at the end of the tunnel. And that’s where an event like MITO SettembreMusica comes in – to help take us there, to guide us toward tomorrow. With faith and hope.”

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So dove sarò il prossimo settembre, e voi? I know where I will be next September, what about you?

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