The Whiffenpoofs, Yale University's world-famous a cappella singing group, will perform this fall at UC Merced. It will be the group's first visit to the San Joaquin Valley, and their first performance at any UC campus.
The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8 in UC Merced's Dr. Lakireddy Auditorium. Tickets can be bought at arts.ucmerced.edu. Admission is $20 for the general public, $15 for UC Merced faculty and staff and $10 for UC Merced students and children under 12.
The group, which first formed in 1909, is the oldest and best known a cappella group in the United States. The Whiffenpoofs sing a wide range of songs, including traditional ballads, show tunes, Motown classics, jazz standards and alternative rock hits.
It's comprised of 14 male singers from Yale's senior class. The singers go through intensive auditions during the spring semester of their junior year. The students selected to join The Whiffenpoofs tour the United States during their senior year, singing more than 200 concerts.
The Whiffenpoofs have maintained a tradition since 1909 — singing "The Whiffenpoof Song" at the end of every concert. The most recognizable line from it is, "We are poor little lambs who have lost our way. Baa! Baa! Baa!" The song has been recorded by Rudy Vallee, Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley, Louis Armstrong and many others.Sun-Star staff