The Alfred State College Alumni Singers will present a "We Need a Little Christmas" Concert, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008, at 2 p.m. at the Alfred Town Fire Hall-Theatre, University Street. Anthony Cappadonia, director; Patricia Wiggers, accompanist. The concert is open to the public free of charge; light refreshments will be served following the concert.
The program will include the following selections: "We Need a Little Christmas;" "Little Town," Jerry Howe, tenor; "Baby, It's Cold Outside," duet: Carole Klotzbach, soprano, and Peter Klotzbach, bass; "Where Are You Christmas?" solo: Jennifer Griffith, alto; "Let It Snow;" and "Twelve Days of Christmas," Annie Peiffer, alto (audience participation welcome).
Additionally, a Christmas Carol Sing-Along will be conducted, featuring, "Silent Night, Holy Night," Bebe Cappadonia, soprano; "Someday," solo: Chris McCabe, soprano; "Winter Wonderland;" and "Jingle Bells."
The Alfred State Alumni Singers include Dave Bay, Webster; Elaine Burrows, Colden; Chris McCabe, Fulton; Bebe Cappadonia, Almond; Paula Graham, Rochester; Jennifer Griffith, Hornell; Jerry Howe, Dansville; Carole Klotzbach, Buffalo; Peter Klotzbach, Buffalo; Merri-Lou McKeever, Rochester; Annie Peiffer, Palmyra; Nancy Schrader, Newark; Todd Thatcher, Perry; John P. Thompson, Dalton; and Keith Zimmerman, Marilla.
The Alfred State Alumni Singers were formed in 1975 and continue to perform for on-campus concerts and community events throughout Allegany and Steuben counties as well as other venues. The group currently consists of 15 alumni from Western and Central New York. Patricia Wiggers from Hornell, NY, serves as accompanist for the group.
Anthony Cappadonia, professor emeritus, Alfred State College, served as director of choral activities from 1951-2007, retiring after celebrating his 56th year at the college. He was honored by the Alfred State College Council with the Outstanding Service Award in May, 2000.
Over the years, he directed All-County and All-State choral groups and authored many articles in The Choral Journal, a national publication. He is an accomplished composer, honored by the performance of his Alleluia, Prayer and Amen at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, in 2007.