Alfred State is pleased to present the 61st Annual Alumni Choral Spring Concert, directed by Anthony Cappadonia, professor emeritus of music at Alfred State. The concert will be held on Sunday, April 29, 2012, at 2 p.m. in the Orvis Activities Center Auditorium on the Alfred campus, and is free of charge and open to the public.
This year’s concert will also serve to dedicate the Anthony C. Cappadonia Auditorium, honoring Cappadonia’s 56 years of teaching and directing instrumental and choral groups at Alfred State. A ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1:15 p.m. will precede the performance, and the official dedication will occur during the concert’s intermission. Performers for the concert include the Alfred State Voices, Alumni Jazz Singers, ’87 Collegiate Quartet, ’57 Varieties – Instrumental Jazz Combo, Alfred State Alumni Choir, and a finale by the combined alumni and College choirs.
Musical selections range from vocal classics like “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” to contemporary pieces, such as “The Circle of Life,” “Cole’s Song,” “Java Jive,” “Steppin’ Out With My Baby,” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” The finale song, “The Blessing of Aaron,” will be dedicated to the memory of loved ones.
Each spring, alumni from across the United States return to Alfred to attend the Annual Choir Alumni Weekend for rehearsals, a dinner/dance, and this concert. The Alfred State Concert Choir Alumni Organization was formed in 1957 and maintains an active membership of over 500. This organization has supported the college concert choir with donations and fundraising efforts over the years to provide scholarships for college choir members, and established the Anthony C. Cappadonia Scholarship Fund to be used by the college to assist future students.
The Alfred State Alumni Jazz Singers, formed in 1974, perform for on-campus concerts, weddings, and community events throughout Western New York. The group consists of approximately 16 alumni who rehearse once a month from August through April each year.