Saturday, March 11, 2023 - 7:00pm
1400 Commodore Blvd., Melbourne, FL 32935
The Yale Spizzwinks [?]
The critically acclaimed and world famous Spizzwinks return to Central Florida to present a fun and exciting program. The Spizzwinks love of fine singing, fun and fellowship allows them to entertain any audience anywhere with perfect harmony, infectious enthusiasm and a timeless wit. Recent performances include audiences at ESPN, Carnegie Hall, Disney World, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Severance Hall, and the White House. Maintaining a broad repertoire of exclusively original arrangements from the past 95 years – jazz standards, ballads, show tunes, pop and rock music, and humorous numbers – the Spizzwinks are sure to please. No Spizzwinks performance would be complete, however, without a generous dose of our choreography and unique brand of humor. It is this perfect blend of humor, musicality and showmanship that leaves audiences the world over begging for more. In recent years, their fan club has grown to include Senator John Kerry, Magic Johnson, Henry Kissinger, Kelsey Grammer, George Pataki, and Fred Savage.
*Season passes and flex tickets are not accepted for this special program.
The Spizzwinks(?) are America’s first underclassman a cappella group. In an age before iPods or reality TV, when the only way to hear singing without instruments was in the shower, we showed the world that a bunch of college guys sporting sweet harmonies and a perplexing name was a winning combination. That’s right – we liked a cappella before it was cool.
Like all great stories, the Spizzwink(?) saga begins in 1906 in Iowa, when the state was in the oppressive grip of a massive, inexplicable Corn Blight. Inexplicable, that is, except to one man: a small-town postmaster by the name of Frank Johnson. Mr. Johnson proclaimed to anyone who would listen that the Great Iowa Corn Blight was the handiwork of an insect known as the Spizzwink, which, coincidentally, only he could see. Few took heed of his warning, and the legend of the mythical Spizzwink would have been lost, but for a young boy with a sweet voice from that small town in Iowa, whose greatest ambition was to someday attend Yale University…
Flash forward to the winter of 1913, where four Yale freshmen – including a certain young man from Iowa – met at Mory’s Temple Bar, Yale’s historic tavern, to decide upon a name for their new singing group. This new group had been created to provide audiences with a light-hearted alternative to the Whiffenpoofs, Yale’s older, all-senior a cappella group, who were known as much for their stodginess as for their musical excellence. After an evening of drinking and thinking (and perhaps more of the former than the latter), our hero glimpsed a strange sight across the table: the ghost of his old postmaster, Frank Johnson. Inspiration struck, and the young singer exclaimed, “That’s it, boys! We’ll call the group the Spizzwinks!”
Later that year, the editor of Yale’s yearbook was unsure of the spelling of the fledgling group and added a question mark in parentheses as an editorial mark. The group liked the look of “The Spizzwinks(?)” and the parenthetical question mark is still with us today.
Since our historic beginning at Mory’s, the Spizzwinks(?) have proudly carried on a tradition of musical excellence and camaraderie as one of America’s oldest male choirs. With one eye towards our one hundred year history and the other towards the future, we seamlessly fuse tradition and innovation to bring audiences a unique and unforgettable concert experience.