America’s oldest university a cappella group is coming to Japan!Concert “The Yale Whiffenpoofs in Japan” that plays traditional harmony will be held from July 30th

Members of The Yale Whiffenpoofs 2022

The oldest history of the American university a cappella group formed in 1909

Every year, members of the Whiffenpoofs, the world’s oldest university a cappella group, are selected from among the fourth-year students at Yale University, a prestigious university in the American Ivy League. “Whiffs”, which began in 1909 with five fourth graders gathering weekly at Yale’s famous bar “Mory’s” as a quartet to perform songs, is now the most traditional activity on campus. It is one of.

5 of the first members5 of the first members

— More than 100 years ago, one night in New Haven, a town in Connecticut where frost pierces the skin, five glee club members escaped the cold and Mollies (Mollies Temple). Gathered at the bar). Luis Linder, a well-known music lover at the bar, warmly welcomed five people. Four of these five were quartet quartets selected from the Glee Club and performed their singing voices at numerous graduate events. They hated limiting themselves to public performances and began to meet weekly at this Mollies to create harmonies with songs they really liked. This gathering soon became a tradition for singers.

Performing around the world with various old and new repertoires

2009 member. A photo of my visit to Kyoto.2009 member. A photo of my visit to Kyoto.

Today, The Yale Whiffenpoofs is made up of 14 fourth-year students from Yale University who are auditioned each year to add new arrangements to their long-held repertoire and perform. While taking a year off from school, the members will show the harmony to many people while traveling around the United States in the first half and around the world in the second half. The arrangement based on jazz and the singing voice of 14 people have produced many fans in various places.

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The Whiffenpoofs Song

To the tables down at Mory’sto the place where Louis dwells
(At Mollies’ table, where Lewis is)
to the dear old Temple Bar we love so well
(To our favorite old temple bar)
sing the Whiffenpoofs assembled, with their glasses raised on high
(The Whiffenpoofs gathered and raised the glass at the highest)
and the magic of their singing casts its spell
(The magic of their song casts that spell

The origin of this Whiffenpo of Song came from 1907 when two members took a winter tour of the Glee Club.
I was playing with a funny parody of the poem “Gentleman Rankers” by the English novelist Radyard Kipling. After that, at Mollies, this became their theme song, “Every time we get together, we always stand up and sing with respect.” Even now, more than 100 years later, the song, which is always sung at the end of the concert as a proof of tradition, is covered by various artists such as Rudy Valley, Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley and Louis Armstrong.

History of coming to Japan

The history of The Yale Whiffenpoofs in Japan began in 1982. The committee secretariat, host families and all other volunteers continue to work. The grassroots activity of young people, who are the true bridge between Japan and the United States, is now one of the most traditional visits to the Whiffenpoofs world tour.
Staying in Japan, which has a history of 40 years, is a very cozy and humane experience where each member stays at a homestay. In Japan, with the help of host families and many other people who support the concert, Whiffs creates a huge summer storm every year and travels to the next country.

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2015 members and host families2015 members and host families

1980s members and host families1980s members and host families


The Yale Whiffenpoofs in Japan 2022

This year in 2022, concerts will be held in three cities: Tokyo, Yokohama, and Kyoto. The Yokohama performance will be performed at the concert hall of the Japanese member’s alma mater for the first time in the history of The Yale Whiffenpoofs. In addition, after the concert, we are planning a roundtable discussion where you can ask questions directly to the members.
All tickets are sold online in advance for adults 3,000 yen, junior high and high school students 2,000 yen, elementary school students and younger 1,000 yen (Kyoto performances only, elementary school students and younger tickets are not available). Concert and roundtable set tickets for Yokohama performances can be purchased for an additional 500 yen above.
The Tokyo performance on July 30th will start at 14:00, the Yokohama performance on July 31st will start at 13:30, and the Kyoto performance on August 3rd will start at 19:00. It will be.

[Comments from the organizer]
We are making preparations so that more people can enjoy the music of Whiffenpoofs while giving consideration to measures to prevent the spread of infection. In the last few years, lifestyles have changed drastically, and many people may be facing a situation where it is difficult to take time to relax. In addition, the chances of listening directly to the performances of overseas artists are decreasing. We would like you to spend a rich time with the supreme harmony of Whiffenpoofs.

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Concert overview

Tokyo performance
Date and time July 30, 2022 13:30 Opening 14:00
place Seiryo Hall
2-16-2 Nagatacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0014
* Please use public transportation to visit the venue.
price Adult ticket: 3,000 yen
Junior high and high school students ticket: 2,000 yen
Elementary school students and younger tickets: 1,000 yen
Where to buy tickets 
Yokohama performance
Date and time July 31, 2022 13:00 opening 13:30 opening
place Seiko Gakuin Junior and Senior High School La Munehall
100 Takinoue, Naka-ku, Yokohama 231-0837
* Please use public transportation to visit the venue.
price Adult ticket: 3,000 yen
Junior high and high school students ticket: 2,000 yen
Elementary school students and younger tickets: 1,000 yen
* Round-table set tickets are 500 yen plus each of the above
Where to buy tickets
Kyoto performance
Date and time 18:30 on August 3, 2022 Start at 19:00
place Kyoto Kuretake Culture Center
7-35-1 Kyomachiminami, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto 612-8085
* Please use public transportation to visit the venue.
price Adult ticket: 3,000 yen
Junior high and high school students ticket: 2,000 yen
Where to buy tickets

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