Seniors at Moldaw Residences had an outstanding auditory experience as The Whiffenpoofs performed for them in Palo Alto Thursday, October 24. The renowned a cappella group of male college seniors from Yale sang a variety of hits from over the decades, traditional Yale songs and original compositions.
“It is always a pleasure to see an audience enjoy our performance, and we treasure the ability to make music with some of our closest friends,” said Bobby Dresser, one of the members. “The great thing about performing for seniors is that they have a special connection to the songs we love to sing. ‘The Whiffenpoof Song,’ ‘I'll Be Seeing You’ and ‘Nature Boy,’ among others, are a few such gems written decades ago. It's always more fun to sing for an audience that has lived your music.”
The Whiffenpoofs of Yale are considered the oldest collegiate a cappella group having been performing for more than 100 years. The 14 seniors travel across the nation and the globe touring numerous countries from Iceland to New Zealand each year. They have been entertaining audiences of all ages and have a passion for sharing their musical abilities with others, so they were excited to do that for seniors at Moldaw.
“We were thrilled to host such a remarkably talented group of young men here on our campus at Moldaw,” said Miki Raver, lifestyles director at Moldaw Residences. “Their vocal abilities are absolutely incredible, and it was such an enjoyable and enriching experience for all who attended.”
The Whiffenpoofs have performed on Saturday Night Live, the hit show Glee and the Sing-Off. After their performance, attendees had an opportunity to meet and greet the singers and purchase their CDs.
“More than anything else, we hope that our performance is moving in some way. Whether it be musical satisfaction, a sense of nostalgia, or outright laughter, we love to see our audience leave with something new,” said Dresser. “Singing is our passion, and we hope that passion is infectious.”