Opera House: Yale Wiffenpoofs, 1/9/20!

Opera House: Yale Wiffenpoofs, 1/9/20!

The Yale Whiffenpoofs are America’s oldest and most renowned collegiate a cappella group. The current incarnation returns to perform at Telluride’s historic Sheridan Opera House on Thursday, January 9, 7 p.m.

Please scroll down for a taste of what’s in store. (You will be listening to the group from 2016, but still…)

Every year, 14 senior Yale students are selected to be in the Whiffenpoofs, the world’s oldest and best-known collegiate a cappella group. Founded in 1909, the “Whiffs” began as a senior quartet which met for weekly concerts Mory’s Temple Bar, the famous Yale tavern. The group evolved to become one of Yale’s most celebrated traditions.

Singing a mixture of old Yale tunes, jazz standards, and other hits from across the decades, the Whiffenpoofs perform more than 200 concerts across six continents each year. Their signature stye– white tie-and-tails – paired with their obvious talents, enthusiasm, and humor, have become iconic for audiences all around the United States – and the globe.

Recent Whiffenpoof performance venues have included Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the White House, the Rose Bowl, and Lincoln Center.

The Whiffenpoofs have also reached a TV audience of more than 175 million through appearances on NBC’s “The Sing Off,” “The West Wing,” “The Today Show,” “60 Minutes,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Jeopardy!,” “Saturday Night Live,” and “Glee.”

The “Whiffs” have also performed for many sitting Presidents of the United States. Nonetheless, they always feel most at home at Yale, where their perennial engagement at Mory’s happens Monday night, when they close each performance with the historic “Whiffenpoof Song” (which itself has been covered by artists ranging from Elvis Presley to Bing Crosby, and Rudy Vallee).

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