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December, 2011:

Celebrate the Holidays with Celtic Music and Help Provide Scholarships for ASC Students.

Take the time to enjoy Christmas with music and help the Adams State College music department raise money for scholarships as the Alamosa Live Music Association assists in presenting a Celtic Christmas Celebration concert with local band Tripping Upstairs, Adams State music faculty and students at 7:30 p.m. On Friday, Dec. 16, in Leon Memorial Hall, on Richardson Ave. near 2nd St., on the ASC campus in Alamosa, Colo.

Music during the concert will combine the style of a traditional Irish band with the sounds of the season. Tripping Upstairs will be joined by a vocal octet who will add a special touch to the evening.

“We are particularly attracted to the old modal carols, like the Wexford Carol and Masters in this Hall, which work well with this instrumentation,” Tripping Upstairs flutist and ASC music department chair Dr. Tracy Doyle said.

All proceeds from the event will benefit scholarships for Adams State College music students.

“Music scholarships allow the department to support the wonderful students we have here, in addition to attracting new students,” Doyle said.

Join the Adams State Friends of Music at the $100 level, or above, and receive two free tickets to the Celtic Christmas Celebration and an invitation to a private reception.

ALMA is co-sponsoring the Celtic Christmas. Tickets are $10 ALMA, $12 general public, and $15 at the door, and can be purchased at the Adams State Music Department Office or at the Green Spot, 711 State Ave. in Alamosa. For more information, please contact the Music Department at 719-587-7621.

Community Invited To Sing-Along With Don Richmond And ALMA To Celebrate The Season

Christmastime in Alamosa

It’s the most wonderful time of year, as the song says, and the Alamosa Live Music Association (ALMA) invites the community to celebrate by joining in or just watching and enjoying as Don Richmond hosts a sing-along featuring traditional carols and other music of the season, Sun., Dec. 18,at 6pm in Milagros Coffeehouse on the corner of State Ave. and Main St. in Alamosa, CO. Songbooks will be provided to facilitate singing!

“As far as I’m concerned, we should all be singing a good bit of the time all the time – it’s good for us and I think it can help keep us sane,” Richmond said. “There is still something real and fine buried underneath all the craziness and hype that take place around the holidays, and this is a great way to celebrate that with our community,” he continued. ALMA and Milagros are providing complimentary cookies and beverages at the sing-along.

Although Richmond is a virtuoso of many instruments, enthusiasm and good cheer are more important than musical ability to join in the fun on this night. A willingness to participate and have a good time is the only admission requirement for the event, but attendees are encouraged to join in the seasonal spirit of giving by donating canned goods or money for the Food Bank Network of the San Luis Valley.

Folks in the San Luis Valley have long taken part in celebrations this time of the year when the nighttime stops getting longer and the days finally once again start to lengthen, as have cultures around the world and through the years. Likewise, local people have traditionally joined together to make music as a community. This event is opportunity for area residents and visitors to joyfully participate in and carry forward winter traditions by joining together in song.