By Tom Cesarini | Little Italy Heritage
Today’s Little Italy has become a neighborhood with mass appeal through its myriad food establishments and cultural offerings.
To add to the region’s cultural and artistic fare, Little Italy will soon be featuring a concert series. Convivio will produce Stellar Sounds Outdoor Concerts and bring an array of musical talent to Amici Park.
We are proud to present our first concert next May featuring “Arrival From Sweden: The Music of ABBA.” For nearly 25 years, Arrival From Sweden has captivated audiences and sold out arenas worldwide. Pre-sale tickets for this performance will be available later this month.
Stellar Sounds Outdoor Concerts will run May through October and will include a new outdoor performance venue at Amici Park and located in the heart of the Italian quarter’s cultural scene (including the new Piazza della Famiglia and Amici House Cultural and Visitor Center).
The venue will feature different types of seating and experiences including VIP lounge seating and VIP table seating (along with dinner by RoVino), bistro table-style seating, and regular seating. Hotel packages will also be available through our sponsors, Doubletree Hilton and Porto Vista, to create a special evening of music and hospitality.
Our objectives are to bring quality musical talent to Little Italy to include all genres of music (while also featuring Italian and Italian American artists) to appeal to a wide audience and expose San Diego residents and visitors to music, arts, and culture under the stars.
Our goals are to contribute to and enhance our city’s cultural landscape through a large-scale concert series, and to raise funds to benefit Convivio arts, culture, and education programs and also benefit our partner, Washington Elementary School Foundation (for the school’s homeless children — 25 percent of the school population).
To complement the concert — as part of our Films al Fresco series of outdoor movies also held at Amici Park — we will be screening “Mamma Mia!” and its sequel in the months leading up to the concert to get everyone ready for the spectacular show!
For more information and to get pre-sale tickets later this month, go to conviviosociety.org.
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—Tom Cesarini is the executive director of Convivio. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.