Friday, January 4, 2008

Gentleman songsters on a spree

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click to enlarge The original 1909 Whiffenpoofs.

Oh, for the days when the phrase "collegiate" evoked images of school scarves, eating clubs and Scott Fitzgerald waving a pennant at the Yale-Harvard game, rather than keggers and spring break at Daytona. Seemingly time-frozen in those bygone days of youthful WASP gentility are the Whiffenpoofs; Yale's nearly hundred-year-old all-male glee club, who have been singing songs of genial whimsy in white tie and tails since 1909. Over the past ninety-eight years, the repertoire of the fourteen seniors who make up the group each year has expanded from time-tested favorites like the Yale fight song and "Daddy Was A Yale Man" to include contemporary classics like Leiber and Stoller's "On Broadway" and "Midnight Train To Georgia." The Whiffenpoofs perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday evening, at Trinity Episcopal Church (1329 Jackson Avenue.)


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