Before embarking on a 20-country world tour, the Whiffenpoofs of Yale University — the oldest collegiate a cappella group in the nation — made a stop in Pittsburgh.
On Friday, they entertained at the Carnegie Science Center, took a tour of The Andy Warhol Museum and ended the day with a concert for the Yale Club of Pittsburgh at the Pittsburgh Golf Club.
Culled from 15 other singing groups on campus, the Whiffenpoofs consist of seniors who are chosen in their junior year. In recent years the group, which was founded in 1909, has made television appearances on “Glee,” “Jeopardy!” and “Saturday Night Live.” Those Yale men drew raves for their exquisite harmonies as well as their tap dancing, juggling and witty repartee.
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“I really think this is the most talented group of Whiffenpoofs in 10 years,” said Otto Chu, Yale Club president and organizer of the event. Dr. Jim Lim thought they were the best since the class of 2000 when he was Whiff. “Of course everybody thinks their year was the best,” he said smiling.
If Cole Porter were around, he might argue that the 1913 Whiffs rocked. To honor its most famous member, the group included a Cole Porter number. It also sang an original Whiffenpoof number “Time After Time,” written in 1968, and ended with the famous “Whiffenpoof Song,” stirring nostalgia for New Haven.
SEEN at a post-concert reception were Les Becker; Dr. Fred and Katy Sherman; Ian and Lucy Rawson; honorary consul of Belgium Anne Lackner with Vince; Chris and Laurie Mellon; Alice Hirsch, president of the Harvard Club of Western Pennsylvania; Donald Bonk, president of the Penn Alumni Club of Western Pennsylvania; and Rich Brean, president of the Princeton Alumni Association of Western Pennsylvania.