Beloved by music fans, MITO returns once again this year, the festival that unites Milan and Turin in a whirlwind of musical notes. From the most refined music - ancient, classical and contemporary - to the more innovative sounds of jazz, but also pop and rock, sound is the star in the heart of the city. A month of concerts is ready to take off in the theatres of downtown and on the outskirts of the city, with national premiers and projects created specifically for the occasion. Such is the case with Futuro, the opening concert which brings to the stage, for the first time in Italy, Pilgrims by American writer and musician Ned Rorem. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for music in 1976, Rorem transports us to better days with his composition for strings. Directed by Daniele Rustioni, the magic violin of Francesca Dego and the instrumentalists of Milan’s Giuseppe Verdi Symphonic Orchestra continue the journey with the music of two of the greatest composers of all time - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky with Souvenir d’un Lieu Cher Op. 42, and Antonin Dvořák with the celebrated Serenade for Strings in E major Op. 22. Then there’s a selection that works perfectly for the theme of this year’s festival - Spiriti - which explores the relationship between music and the supernatural, posing unavoidable questions and offering richly provocative responses.