Two cities, Milan and Turin, which are just as different in style and history as they are close geographically, united by a cultural bridge made of harmonies, the MITO SettembreMusica festival, scheduled to run from 3 to 19 September.
The twelfth edition, dedicated to dance, is an unmissable opportunity to discover the relationship between movement and sound, which have always been linked – albeit expressed differently over the years – from Renaissance and Baroque to modern ballroom dancing.
The first notes will be played on Monday 3 September in the Teatro Regio of the Piedmontese capital, and on Tuesday 4 in La Scala in the capital of Lombardy, by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the British orchestra which is one of the most prestigious in the world, with over seventy years of international concerts and tours behind it.
On the podium is the American conductor Marin Alsop, a stimulating and powerful influence who is known for her educational and training schemes aimed at people of all ages.
The opening performance Russian Ballets is true to MITO tradition, which always opens with a premiere: the composer Victoria Borisova-Ollas performs a piece by Robert Schumann, Träumerei, for the first time in Italy.
It is followed by Tchaikovsky's Concerto in D Major for Violin and Orchestra, Opus 35, played by the German violin star Julia Fischer, who has won over the public with her original interpretations from the classical repertoire. The finale will be Stravinsky's ballet The Firebird.
Over the following fifteen days there is a wide choice of over 120 performances. You can follow a chronological order, from the music of the 13th and 14th centuries to Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven, and from the 20th century with George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein to work by 140 living composers, including John Adams and Ola Gjeilo.
Geographic and stylistic variety is reflected by folk music arrangements of traditional Irish and Swedish melodies, in flamenco by Lucero Tena, tango by Astor Piazzolla, waltzes by Johann Strauss and gypsy rhythms..
The special guest at the festival is the star violinist Julia Fischer who has won over the public with her original interpretations from the classical repertoire
MITO holds a special place for young people and small children, and on the weekends has planned interesting opportunities to discover unusual ways to make music and put on theatre. The idea is to immerse the audience in a surprising, and not purely didactic, experience.
So you should not miss Drumblebee, the Luxembourg show with four exploratory percussionists, who try to make the moon fall from the sky with their drumbeats; Barefoot Journey, which starts from the courage of children who dance barefoot to train to live as adults; and for the first time in Italy, I love you Tosca, the opera by Giacomo Puccini reinterpreted for small children..
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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Motorcycle legends in Turin
The Venaria Palace is hosting an exhibition on the world of motorbikes, with inspiration, trips and adventure from 18 July 2018 to 24 February 2019
Harry Potter: the exhibition in Milan
Until 9 September the Fabbrica del Vapore is transformed into Hogwarts, the world of the little wizard created by J. K. Rowling