The Fort is proud to host the Yale Whiffenpoofs ’71 concert!
Date: May 20, 2022
Location: The heated, outside patio at The Fort restaurant
Enjoy dinner and cocktails while listening to the famous acapella group, the Whiffenpoofs Class of ’71. Make your reservations today and please put a note that you’d like to dine and hear the concert on the patio when making your reservation. See below for more information on the “Whiffs”!
The ’71 Yale Whiffenpoofs:
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Founded in 1909, the Yale Whiffenpoofs is the oldest college a cappella singing group in the nation. Launched by a quartet of men from the Yale Glee Club, they quickly established a unique singing style and met religiously every week to sing at Mory’s, a century-old Yale watering hole.
Cole Porter is probably the most famous Whiffenpoof, but it is Rudy Vallee who made the group famous with his 1927 recording of the Whiffenpoof Song. Written in 1907, the song is a humorous adaptation of a Rudyard Kipling poem, and the Whiffenpoof name was adopted from a mythical dragon-fish that appeared in Little Nemo, a Victor Herbert play on Broadway.
The Yale Whiffenpoofs typically sing in four parts – two tenor parts, baritone, and bass – and over the years the group expanded to fourteen members. The repertoire consists entirely of songs written and arranged by the group’s members. A new class of Whiffs is “tapped” every year, so the group is constantly refreshed by new voices and styles. Growing demand has resulted in numerous television appearances and an expansive tour schedule that has taken the group around the world, singing for the President in the White House, for the Dalai Lama in Tibet, and for penguins in Antarctica.
Since 1909, a cappella singing has exploded, with hundreds of groups singing on college campuses all over the country – Yale alone has 16 groups – and a growing number of award-winning professional groups like Chanticleer, Pentatonix, Voctave, Voces8 in London, and many others. Like American musical theater, a cappella singing is a twentieth century art-form that is thriving in the twenty-first century.
The Whiffenpoofs of 1971
In their senior year at Yale, the 1971 Whiffenpoofs sang regularly at Mory’s, gave concerts on football weekends and at campus events, and sang spontaneously in dining halls. They toured the US and Bermuda. Of all the Whiff groups in the past half-century, this group is one of the most cohesive vand active, singing together at reunions, charity concerts, and family milestone events. Their mellow sound, tight harmonies, and fun arrangements are a testament to more than a century of Whiff tradition.