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MITO: a 90 miles music festival

The MITO the music festival which happens simultaneously in Milan and Turin will take place from the 3rd to the 19th of September.

MITO a brief history

Founded in 1978 by Giorgio Balmas the MITO was born to promote classical music through the use of uncommon spaces to enjoy it. Hospitals, courtyards, railway stations, schools, public parks, factories and many other places where usually music (and classical music) is not played become the scenery of unforgettable concerts.

The two cities that are 90 miles apart from each other thus become two huge concert halls where in every corner for 16 days music can be heard and listed to. Take a seat in the backyard of a museum to enjoy a piano playing or climb up the stairs to the rooftop of a building to listen to a string concert.

MITO: who will be there

Thanks to its enormous success the program of the MITO now includes also performances of jazz, blues, rock and other music genres by well know international artists. The rich schedule of appointments features conductors like Myung-Whun Chung, Yuri Temirkanov, Zubin Mehta, Marin Alsop, John Axelrod and Daniele Rustioni. Among the soloists there will be Martha Argerich, Katia e Marielle Labèque, Alexander Romanovsky, Olli Mustonen, Giovanni Sollima, Daniel Müller-Schott, Mario Brunello, Rachel Harnisch, Nils Mönkemeyer, Sean Shibe, Tine Thing Helseth, Alessandro Taverna and the ensemble Third Coast Percussion. The whole program is then enriched by the performances of international orchestras like Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and the La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra.

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MITO: the program

The long lists of events during the MITO Music Festival includes 128 events and premieres that explore this year’s main theme: geography.

“In a global society like today, which has erased borders and promoted mobility, the traditional categories of cultural identity and geographical belonging have turned into fluid values in constant redefinition. In this scenario, music can help us reconstruct a connection between symbolic landscapes, emotions, spaces of life and memory, making a journey both physical and imaginary to discover places, traditions and languages that have marked the different cultures of the world”


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