Whiffs Sing for Kids with AIDS in Benefit Concert at Alice Tully Hall

The Yale and Whiffenpoof Alumni Associations announce the a cappella all-star line up for the first annual “Ivy Light: Sing Out, Raise Hope, Eliminate Pediatric AIDS,” a benefit concert for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, to be held on December 18, 8 p.m., at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, in New York City.

The oldest collegiate a cappella group in the world, the Yale Whiffenpoofs — contestants this season on NBC’s a cappella show “The Sing-Off” — will share the stage with fellow
a cappella luminaries The Nassoons, from Princeton, and The Krokodiloes, from Harvard. Two-time Grammy nominee and R&B, pop, and dance-chart legend Deborah Cox will also perform fan favorites and jazz classics from her repertoire. Students from The Nightingale-Bamford School Chorus and The Spence School Glee Club will help open and close the performance. Event director Ethan Heard promises an evening of holiday favorites, jazz classics, and popular group hits.

Produced by Sam Hafer, “Ivy Light: Sing Out, Raise Hope, Eliminate Pediatric AIDS” marks the beginning of an annual benefit concert produced in conjunction with the Association of Yale Alumni and the Whiffenpoof Alumni Association to raise awareness and funds for women and children suffering from the plight of HIV/AIDS.

Ticket prices are $25 (student discount), $50, $75 and $100. VIP seats, featuring prime seating, backstage passes and a photo opportunity with Deborah Cox after the show sell for $200. For ticket information, contact the box office at CenterCharge 212.721.6500 or visit www.lincolncenter.org

The event is sponsored by The Donald R. Mullen Family Foundation, The Pierre New York - A Taj Hotel, The Whiffenpoof, Nassoon, and Krokodiloe Alumni Associations, The Association of Yale Alumni, Yale GALA, The Fund for Reunion/Princeton BTGALA, Harvard GLC, Yale Black Alumni Association, YAAMNY, Yale Club of New York City, The Nightingale-Bamford School Chorus, The Spence School, and Chris Ryan.

About the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
Elizabeth Glaser acquired HIV through a blood transfusion and unknowingly passed the virus on to her daughter, Ariel, and her son, Jake. Following Ariel’s death in 1988, Glaser joined with close friends Susie Zeegan and Susan DeLaurentis to create a foundation with one mission: to bring hope to children with AIDS. The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation is now a global leader in the fight against pediatric HIV and AIDS, and has reached nearly 10 million women with services to prevent transmission of HIV to their babies. It works at more than 5,000 sites in 17 countries to implement prevention, care, and treatment services; to further advance innovative research; and to execute strategic and targeted global advocacy activities in order to bring dramatic change to the lives of millions of women, children, and families worldwide.

About Deborah Cox
Cox is a Grammy nominated R&B singer. She held the Billboard all-time record for the longest running number-one single on the R&B chart (“Nobody’s Supposed to be Here”) in addition to multiple number-one club hits around the world. Having starred on Broadway in Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Aida,” playing the title role, she returns in 2011 to the stage as the lead in “The Josephine Baker Story.”

About the Yale Whiffenpoofs
Every year, 14 senior Yale men are selected to be in the legendary Whiffenpoofs. Founded in 1909, the “Whiffs” began as a senior quartet that met for weekly concerts at Mory’s Temple Bar, the famous Yale tavern. Today, the group has become one of Yale’s most celebrated and hallowed traditions, maintaining a performance schedule of 100 – 200 concerts annually in addition to recording an album and embarking on a three-month, 20-country world tour. The group has performed for the likes of Presidents Bush 1, Bush 2, and Clinton, Mother Teresa, Ella Fitzgerald, Gladys Knight, among others, in sold-out venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center, and for such events as the Rose Bowl, “SNL”, “The Today Show”, “The West Wing”, and NBC’s “The Sing-Off.”

About the Princeton Nassoons
The Nassoons have been touring domestically and internationally since the group was officially born in 1941. Recent destinations include Brazil, Germany, and France. The group is continuously devoted to song, fun, and camaraderie and has become one of Princeton’s most celebrated traditions.

About the Harvard Krokodiloes
Founded in 1946 at the historic Hasty Pudding Club, The Harvard Krokodiloes perform popular music from the 1920’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s. These 12 tuxedo-clad undergraduates tour the United States and the world, continuing the musical tradition of Harvard’s oldest a cappella singing group. The Kroks have sung in some of the finest venues in the world: from Carnegie Hall to Cape Town, from the Sydney Opera House to the White House.

Samuel G. Hafer
Yale Whiffenpoofs

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