The Milan Symphony Orchestra turns 30 and presents the 2023-2024 season

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For the thirtieth time the Symphony of Milan presents itself to the public with a schedule of appointments that unfolds from Autumn 2023 to Summer 2024, a musical network that has as its main path a Symphony Season that has 26 programs, flanked by numerous collateral reviews which enrich the artistic offer of the Milan Symphony Orchestra: 7 appointments for “Crescendo in Musica”, 4 for “Musica da Cameretta”, 3 concerts by the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Milan, 3 Small Concerts, 6 appointments of the “POPs ”, 3 for the “Music & Science” series and 7 Chamber Music concerts at the Gerolamo Theater. 2023 is an important year for the Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Choir Foundation of Milan because it marks the 30th anniversary of the Symphonic Orchestra and the 25th anniversary of the Symphonic Choir and to celebrate this important milestone, the Mahler Festival is staged at the Milan Auditorium: “A project never performed in Italy so far, the execution of all the Symphonies and lieder cycles involving the great Italian Symphony Orchestras, for the first time all together”, as stated by the General and Artistic Director of the Giuseppe Verdi Symphonic Orchestra and Symphonic Choir Foundation of Milan, Ruben Jais.

the history of the orchestra

It was 1993 when a great director and teacher had the initiative to found an orchestra formed by the best graduates of the conservatories of Italy and the world. Vladimir Delman baptized a new orchestral team in the Verdi Hall of the Milan Conservatory: the Great Symphony Orchestra of Milan was born. For thirty years the music of the Milan Symphony has been the soundtrack of the city, it has spread the culture of symphony wherever possible, with the perpetual goal of reaching as many people as possible in the name of the great democracy of symphonic music, within everyone’s reach and not the preserve of a few. Powerful enough to change anyone’s mood, beautiful enough to offer people a different horizon. For thirty years the Orchestra has been a promoter of musical culture, progressively breaking down the boundaries between genres, placing itself with a strongly inclusive attitude towards symphonic music in the broadest sense, welcoming, experimenting, contaminating, always looking for new and interesting forms of communication of our precious symphonic heritage.

mahler festival

“Vladimir Delman, founder of our team, used to say that only after thirty years of activity can an orchestra be called such. It is with this load of responsibility, but also with the joy of having reached such an important milestone, that, with the presentation of the new season, we officially enter the celebrations for the thirtieth year since the foundation of our orchestra”. The words of Ambra Redaelli, President of the Fondazione Orchestra Sinfonica e Coro Sinfonico di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, summarize the spirit with which the home institution at the Auditorium of Milan faces the 2023-2024 Season, whose most important moment is undoubtedly represented from the Mahler Festival, an unprecedented musical initiative aimed at celebrating the first thirty years of activity of the Milan Symphony Orchestra and the first twenty-five years of the Milan Symphony Choir. Three whole weeks dedicated to Gustav Mahler’s repertoire, at the Milan Auditorium, from 22 October to 13 November 2023, the complete symphonies and Lieder for orchestra by the Bohemian composer. November 13 is an emblematic date: on November 13, 1993, in fact, Maestro Vladimir Delman, creator and founder of the Orchestra, raised his baton to conduct the newborn Great Symphony Orchestra of Milan, from that memorable concert the Orchestra has evolved to become what it represents today for its city and for Italy. Furthermore, for the first time we find the most important Italian symphony orchestras summoned, in a Festival that could be elevated to an emblem of the great symphonic culture of our country.

The Musical Direction

Also for the 2023/2024 season, the Milan Symphony Orchestra joins some of the biggest names on the world scene around which the artistic offer at the Milan Auditorium is modulated: Andrey Boreyko holds the role of Resident Conductor of the Orchestra Symphony Orchestra of Milan, Alondra de la Parra and Jaume Santonja will once again be the two Principal Guest Conductors of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano, Resident Artists, Lucas and Arthur Jussen for the 2023-2024 Season, Kolja Blacher is the Director of the Chamber Orchestra and Nicola Campogrande, who starting from the 2023-2024 Season, is the new Composer in Residence of the Milan Symphony Orchestra.