Whiffenpoofs: A Benefit ConcertApr 7, 2020 - 7:00pm
First United Methodist Church of Cocoa Beach - 3300 N Atlantic Ave, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931
* Flex tickets and All Access Passes will not be accepted for this special fundraiser.
The Yale Whiffenpoofs
The world-renowned and critically-acclaimed Yale Whiffenpoofs return to Cocoa Beach to present a riveting and entertaining special fundraiser with all proceeds going to your SCSO. The Whiffenpoofs' love of fine singing, fun and fellowship allows them to entertain any audience anywhere with perfect harmony, infectious enthusiasm and a timeless wit. The Whiffs are America’s oldest a cappella group. For over 110 years, they’ve entertained audiences around the world with their unique blend of sweet harmony and tongue-in-cheek humor. Maintaining a broad repertoire of exclusively original arrangements – jazz standards, ballads, show tunes, pop and rock music, and humorous numbers – the Whiffenpoofs are sure to please. Don’t miss this incredible performance.
Preceding this incredible concert is a silent auction starting at 6:00 pm with fabulous items to bid on to benefit your SCSO.
The Yale Whiffenpoofs, an undergraduate a cappella singing group at Yale University, is the oldest collegiate a cappella group in the United States, which was established in 1909. The Whiffenpoofs perform near the Yale campus and tour the United States and internationally. Established in 1909 and best known for "The Whiffenpoof Song", the group is composed of senior men who compete in the spring of their junior year for 14 spots. The Whiffs' best-known alumnus may be Cole Porter, who sang in the 1913 line-up; the group often performs Porter songs in tribute.
The Whiffenpoofs have performed for generations at a number of venues, including the Lincoln Center, the White House, the Salt Lake Tabernacle, Oakland Coliseum, Carnegie Hall and the Rose Bowl. The group has appeared on such television shows as Jeopardy!, The Today Show, Saturday Night Live, 60 Minutes, Gilmore Girls, The West Wing, and Glee. In December 2010, the group appeared on NBC's a cappella competition The Sing-Off.
During the school year, the Whiffenpoofs perform on Monday nights at Mory's, known more formally as "Mory's Temple Bar," circulating from room to room.
The Whiffenpoofs travel extensively during the school year and take a three-month world tour during the summer. The group's business manager and musical director, known in Whiff tradition respectively as the "Popocatepetl" and "Pitchpipe," are chosen by members of the previous year's group. An alumni organization maintains close ties with the group.
The word whiffenpoof originated in the 1908 operetta Little Nemo by Victor Herbert, based on the comic strip Little Nemo in Slumberland by Winsor McCay.