A Sunday nite during the summertime on the Saugatuck River – always a pleasant place to be, especially when the weather is as picture-perfect as it was last Sunday, when the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts celebrated their inaugural concert, featuring Jose Feliciano.
After 10 months of construction, following four years of planning, the venerable Levitt was reborn — from its informal, circa 1970’s porta-potty family green on the river to the world-class performing arts center that we see today. A $9,000,000.00 project funded, in part, by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, as well as sponsors and donors, yielded state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems, guest amenities and an idyllic River Walk.
The Levitt Pavilion in Westport, the flagship of a number of like-kind outdoor, on-the-lawn amphitheaters around the country, has been a major part of the Westport, Connecticut Summer Scene for over 40 years. With Sunday’s concert, it heralded in the next 40 seasons of 50+ free concerts to the public ranging from up-and-coming local talent to veterans behind the microphone; from children’s programs to celtic bands, rock and country bands, jazz, classical, reggae and marine bands, and more…all free. All summer long.
Jose’s concert was his gift to the Levitt and so therefore his gift to the community; they say it was the biggest music event Westport had ever seen! Over 2000 guests filled the newly sodded lawn as tickets were gone by the day after they were made available to the public. A highly-anticipated event and its maiden voyage was picture perfect.
Beginning with a ceremony of acknowledgements and thank-you’s from architects, public representatives, board members and Mimi Levitt, herself, and culminating with a ribbon cutting photo-op, it was official:
Jose Feliciano, the first artist to take the stage, confirmed that that moment had finally come: the Levitt was back!