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March 25, 2004

Fairfield Living

The Yale Whiffenpoofs, the famous male a cappella singing group, will perform at First Church Congregational on Saturday, April 17 beginning at 6 PM. Founded in 1909, the Whiffenpoofs have grown from their humble beginnings as Monday night crooners at Mory's Temple Bar (a Yale institution in itself, dating back to 1848) to claim a permanent niche in American culture. Cole Porter, Yale Class of 1913, highlights the list of noteworthy Whiffenpoof alumni, which also includes Senator Prescott Bush, father of former President George Bush. Rudy Vallee (Whiffs of 1927) gave "The Whiffenpoof Song" nationwide recognition when he recorded a solo version of the ballad in the 1930s, and later, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald (made an honorary Whiffenpoof in 1979), Bing Crosby, and Elvis Presley followed suit with their own recordings.

In recent years, satisfied clients have included the likes of Presidents Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Bill Clinton, Mother Theresa, and the Dalai Lama, in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Rose Bowl, and for events such as the World Series, Saturday Night Live, NBC's Today Show and The West Wing. A cappella arrangements of jazz standards, classic ballads, traditional Yale songs, and recent popular hits continue to delight audiences all over the world and they will surely do so in Fairfield on April 17th.

Posted by acapnews at March 25, 2004 9:23 AM

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