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Italian Opera Festival in Orange County – Oct. 25, 26 & 27

Date 10.24.2013

Second Annual Italian Opera Festival in Orange County

The Italian American Opera Foundation will produce the second edition of the Italian Opera Festival from October 25, 26, 27, 2013 in the marvelous location of the Soka Performing Art Center.

Honorary Chairman for the Italian Opera Festival is Bruno Serato from Anaheim White House.

Festival also features an Italian Village that will bring the global allure of Italy to Orange County and pay tribute to Italian heritage while providing guests a glimpse of a unique culture that they may have never experienced before through the celebration of Italian MUSIC, FASHION, ART, FOOD AND CULTURE.

The Italian Village will take place October 25 through the 27, 2013 in the same location and in parallel with the Italian Opera Festival.

Festival Program:

Date: 10.25.2013
Time: 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Location: Soka Performing Arts Center – 1 University Drive Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Ensemble Camerata Barocca “Claudio Monteverdi”
Maria Solozobova, soloist and conductor

Date: 10.26.2013
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Location: Soka Performing Arts Center – 1 University Drive Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Orchestra Sinfonica del Tuscia Operafestival and Progetto “Gioventù all’ Opera”;
Stefano Vignati, conductor

Date: 10.27.2013
Time: 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Location: Soka Performing Arts Center – 1 University Drive Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Ensemble Camerata Barocca “Claudio Monteverdi”
Stefano Vignati, conductor; Ramin Bahrami, soloist

For more information and to purchase tickets, CLICK HERE.

Italian CSET Exam Offered in Los Angeles on Saturday, Nov. 2

Date 10.22.2013


Location:         UCLA – 1305 Rolfe Hall, Los Angeles, CA 90095
Fee:                $138

Fondazione Italia is an Italian Assessor Agency that has been approved to administer the language portion (Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking) of the Italian California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) in Los Angeles.

Any teacher wishing to teach Italian at a public middle or high school must pass both sections of the Italian CSET along with completing a credentialing program.

To register by mail or online, or for more information about the exam including test overview and sample questions CLICK HERE.

Scholarship to Study Italian Language and Culture in Camerino, Italy

Date 10.15.2013

The Dante Alighieri School, supported by Camerino University, has a long tradition in teaching Italian language and culture to foreign students. The School is located in the historical center of Camerino, a beautiful university town in the central Italy, rich in history, art and culture. They offer a wide range of courses and programs to all age students and are the official partner of Perugia’s University for Foreign Students CELI and DILS exams.  The University of Camerino, established in 1336, is one of the oldest universities in Italy and assures its students high academic quality, high quality of life and technologically advanced services in harmony with nature.

4-Week 50% Scholarship and 2-Week Free Housing Scholarship being offered through Fondazione Italia!

You may apply for both scholarships. Winners will be selected at random. Deadline to apply is December 31, 2013.

Click Here to download an application.

Eros Ramazzotti in Concert at the Greek on Oct. 17

Date 10.11.2013

Eros Ramazzotti at the Greek Theatre

Thursday, October 17 at 7:30 pm

Don’t miss this opportunity to see Italian singer and songwriter, Eros Ramazzotti in concert promoting the release of his new album “Noi”.

Click here to purchase tickets.

5th Annual Taste of Italy on October 12

Date 10.06.2013

The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles presents

The 5th Annual Taste of Italy

Saturday, October 12 at 5:00 pm

in Historic Little Italy – Downtown Los Angeles

Taste of Italy is Los Angeles’ premier cultural-gastronomic event, featuring award winning restaurants and wineries with fantastic music and entertainment in a spectacular setting. This event benefits the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles, slated to open early 2014.

Friends of Fondazione Italia receive a $5 discount off the ticket price! Use discount code: ITALORG5

Click here to purchase tickets.

Italian Family Festival & Columbus Celebration at Bowers Museum

Date 10.03.2013

Bowers Museum and the Italian Cultural Arts Council are proud to announce the Italian Family Festival and Columbus Celebration

Sunday, October 6 at 10:00 am
Bowers Museum
2002 N Main St  Santa Ana, CA 92706

In an effort to sustain Italian heritage and culture, the Orange County American Italian Renaissance Foundation is dedicated to preserving the heritage of all American Italians in Orange County and annually conducts a Columbus Celebration at the Bowers Museum. This year, the Columbus Celebration will be held in conjunction with the Italian and Mediterranean Family Festival.

This year, the Italian Arts Council will honor Vince Ferragamo.


10:00 am ITALIAN CULTURAL ARTS COUNCIL invites you to its Annual Columbus Day Celebration with Honoree Vince Ferragamo!

The event features color guard, anthems, speakers, a wreath ceremony, representatives of the Italian Consulate, and community dignitaries.

12:00 pm THE SICILIAN BAND featuring Tony Ciaramitaro, performs songs from Italy and around the world. Sing-a-long and dance to these romantic and uplifting traditional and modern tunes.

1:00 pm FRANKLIN HAYNES MARIONETTES, fun for the entire family.

1:30 pm TIERRA FLAMENCA performs the fiery dances of Southern Spain.

2:00 pm THE SICILIAN BAND returns for your listening and dancing pleasure.

This event is free.

Authentically EATalian: Healthy Lifestyle Made in Italy at CicLAvia on Oct.6

Date 10.01.2013

The Italian Ministry for Economic Development has launched, Authentically EATalian, an initiative which promotes the Mediterranean Diet as a genuine and a nourishing diet that contributes to leading a healthy lifestyle and overall physical well being.

The biggest event connected to the Authentically EATalian campaign will take place on October 6 in Los Angeles at CicLAvia/Heart of LA, where the Italian American Chamber of Commerce West will host a Piazza Italia hub on the SE corner of Spring Street and 1st Street from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Bring your family and join Authentically Eatalian at Piazza Italia during CicLAvia as they pervade the heart of downtown LA with Italian flavors and flair!

Exhilarating activities await you and your kids at the Piccolo Chef and the LA Galaxy booths. Get your OM on with NAAM’s mini yoga classes.

Sunday, October 6
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

(booths will start serving food at 11:00 am)

Tickets available for purchase on site – CASH ONLY

For more information on the CicLAvia event, CLICK HERE
To learn the latest on the Authentically EATalian program, CLICK HERE

Special Preview of Opera Based on Italo Calvino’s Novel, Invisible Cities, at the IIC

Date 09.28.2013

Be among the first to have the wireless headphones experience at this special evening before the opening night of Invisible Cities, a new opera based on the novel by Italo Calvino!

Don’t miss the chance to see a special preview of Invisible Cities at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura!

Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 8:00pm
1023 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Opening on October 19 in downtown LA, Invisible Cities is a 5 senses experience that will accompany you through a journey in historic Union Station, isolating singers and dancers from pedestrians and passersby while soaking in LA’s architectural gem.

At the IIC, the cast of the highly-anticipated world premiere opera will perform excerpts of the work. The evening concludes with a performance of composer Christopher Cerrone’s solo percussion piece Memory Palance, performed by Ian Rosenbaum and heard entirely on Sennheiser wireless headphones!

Space is limited: RSVP by 9/30 to

For More info on the opera and to purchase tickets visit

Annual Feast of San Gennaro Los Angeles – Sept. 27, 28, & 29

Date 09.26.2013

Annual Feast of San Gennaro Los Angeles is this weekend!

September 27-29, 2013
1651 N. Highland Ave.
(between Hollywood Blvd. & Sunset Blvd.)

The Italian Feast of San Gennaro Los Angeles celebrates Italian culture, food and entertainment, and features live music, street performers, strolling musicians, a kid’s corner, and many rides and games. In addition to sampling wine from local wineries and food from some of Los Angeles’ best Italian restaurants, guests are invited to learn recipes from the cooking stage and play bocce ball and bingo with some of Hollywood’s Italian American celebrities and much more!

$5 Adults / Kids Free

Kids “La Befana” Acting Workshop at the Italian Cultural Institute Starts Sept. 28

Date 09.20.2013

This year, children in Los Angeles can celebrate the night of the Befana with a special workshop held at the Italian Cultural Institute. Children will learn about acting, pantomime, use of voice and movement, basic stage techniques, how to work with direction …while having a great time!

Classes start on Saturday, September 28
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Italian Cultural Institute
1023 Hilgard Ave Los Angeles, CA 90024
Final Show in December
Must be at least six years old.

Fees: $290

For more information and to register please call (310) 824-7408.