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If you have a passion for music, and you are wondering what to do in Turin, the MITO festival is the ideal event for you. Held between the 2nd and 22nd of September, MITO celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2016, and promises to offer a musical feast.
Held in both Turin and Milan, the festival is centred around classical music, but the program isn't limited to traditional concerts and operas.
In Turin, the festival includes experimental saxophone trios, jazz and tango percussion ensembles as well as classical interpretations of pop standards from artists like the Mamas and the Papas. There will also be participatory events, allowing guests to share in the music-making, like the Open Singing event in the Piazza San Carlo, which marks the end of the festival.
In fact, choral singing is one of the greatest highlights of this Turin music festival. On Choir Day, you will be able to choose between 21 choirs at 11 different concert venues - more than enough to satisfy any lover of choral harmonies. There are performances of medieval music, baroque and 19th century pieces, along with pop and cutting edge avant-garde selections too.
However, if you just want to soak up the beauty of classical music, you can attend performances of masterpieces by big names like Schubert, Debussy and Vivaldi. Concerts take place at some of Turin's most beautiful music venues, including churches like the Chiesa di San Filippo as well as theatres like the Auditorium Giovanni Agnelli.
MITO is not the end of the story if you are heading to Turin in September. There are plenty of other cultural events in the city, including the Torino Danza Festival, a special exhibition about the Beatles' encounter with India at the MAO, Museo d'Arte Orientale, as well as collections from the artists Mario Merz and Giovanni Anselmo.
Many of the events at MITO 2016 are free of charge, but visitors need to collect an admission token at the venue 45 minutes before the performance. Visitors can buy a pass for other events, with 5 concerts priced at 60 Euros, and 240 Euros for special seating at 17 of the festival's events.
In September, Turin is a paradise for culture fans, and MITO is the centrepiece. If you adore the beauty of choral and classical music, this fantastic Turin music festival is not to be missed.