Award-winning singer and PBS/WNET host Cristina Fontanelli is set to present her program of Italy’s best-loved songs, arias, Neapolitan and Christmas classics during her second annual San Diego performance of “Christmas In Italy.”
The concert is planned for 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9 at the Joan Kroc Center for Peace and Justice on the USD Campus.
Fontanelli will be accompanied by piano, two mandolins, guitar and accordion in order to evoke the authentic Italian flavor of the music.
Called a “vocal genius” by the “New York Sun,” Fontanelli’s show is a love letter to her Italian heritage and a tribute to her grandparents, who kept Italian traditions alive in their new country.
The San Diego program will also feature award-winning classical mandolin artists Chris Acquavella and Oscar Ramos, together with guitarist Joe Amato and the Italian Cultural Center of San Diego’s Children’s Choir.
“I decided to begin this tradition of performing holiday favorites and well-known songs and arias because of my concern that these musical ‘gems’ are being lost and to teach them to younger generations,” Fontanelli said in a released statement.
The Joan Kroc Center for Peace and Justice is located on the USD Campus.
Tickets can be purchased through brownpapertickets.com/event/259581 or by calling 800-838-3006.
Tickets range from $38 to $48 (Group discounts available). Parking is free.
To learn more, visit www.cristinafontanelli.com.