Alfie Zappacosta will perform with his special guests, Horton music students. The concert starts at 7 p.m.
Zappacosta's family moved to Toronto from Italy when he was a baby. He picked up the guitar at age 9 and began playing in different groups while only a teen. Performing at Italian weddings opened him up to diverse musical influences.
He toiled through the 70’s in a variety of pseudo-disco units, then moved to Los Angeles living fulltime. Zappacosta then headed off in a solo direction. His self-titled debut was released in 1984, instantly met by critical praise.
He contributed to the African famine-relief project ‘Tears Are Not Enough’. He immediately hit the road to support the new record and the first single ‘When I Fall In Love Again’. ‘Nothing Can Stand In Your Way’, a ballad co-written by David Foster, became the second single the next spring, earning him his second gold album. He accepted an offer to star in 'Evita', winning critical praise for his role as Che Guevera while it ran in Halifax.
In 1988, he was approached to record a song for an upcoming movie starring Patrick Swayze. 'Dirty Dancing' not only ended up being a huge box office hit, but the soundtrack, for which Zappacosta wrote ‘Overload’ with Marco Lucciani, went on to sell over 20 million units. He has won two Junos and an American Music Award that year for ‘Overload’.
In 1993, following a gruelling tour, he decided to take some time off from recording to regroup and re-evaluate the whole scene, taking proper vocal lessons and learning classical guitar - a style he'd always admired but never mastered. He spent the better part of the next two years re-inventing himself, doing nightclubs across the country with a new supporting cast and wowing audiences with his unmatched personable flair and jazz/classical virtuosos.
He moved to Edmonton in 1994 after returning to his second love - theatre, starring in the lead role of "Jesus Christ Superstar" earlier that year. His talent on the theatre stage also landed him a role in "Hair" the same year.
Zappacosta fought pancreatic cancer and again took time off to again re-evaluate life in general. With his next album project the single ‘Adalina’ instantly solidified him as a bona-fide jazz star. As well as a successful solo, stage and teaching career, Zappacosta's songs have been recorded by many other artists.
Tickets are $25 in advance at TicketPro.ca or at Cochrane’s PharmaSave in Wolfville.