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The Whiffenpoofs of Yale University are the oldest male collegiate acapella group in the US. Photo supplied

Yale’s Whiffenpoofs to perform in Siem Reap

America’s oldest male collegiate acapella group is heading to Temple Town. The Whiffenpoofs of Yale University will be performing a concert during a cocktail event at Victoria Angkor Resort and Spa on Monday and at FCC Angkor on Tuesday.

Founded in 1909, the group, whose line-up changes annually, is made up of 14 Yale students in their senior year.

Organiser Daniel Yu said the group was on a three-month world tour taking in 24 countries across six continents. They will come to Siem Reap after performances in Hong Kong and Bangkok.

Yu said the tour was an annual tradition for the Whiffenpoofs who had visited Siem Reap for many years because of its rich history and culture, including its beautiful architecture and delicious cuisine.

“This summer, we are excited to share our music again with Cambodians. Cambodia has always welcomed the Whiffenpoofs, and we love to sing for such an amazing audience,” he said.

Although the group is 106 years old, the Whiffenpoofs always try to incorporate new songs and arrangements into their repertoire every year.

“This year, we just recorded a new album, titled We Laugh and Sing, which features many new arrangements and contemporary songs, including a song by One Direction,” Yu said.

“In the coming years, the group will continue to develop new songs and arrangements in addition to our more traditional songs.

However, the one thing that has not changed over the years is our performance attire of white tie and tails.”

Next year, the Whiffenpoofs promise to come back again.

“Siem Reap has always been a highlight of our world tours, and I am sure that next year’s Whiffenpoofs would be glad to visit Siem Reap,” he added.

The event will run at Victoria Angkor Resort and Spa from 6:30pm to 8:30pm and tickets will cost $25 and at the FCC on Tuesday from 6pm to 8 pm and tickets will cost $12.



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