Scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Community Cultural Center at 50 Chapman Place, the concert will feature songs from a range of genres sung in the Whiffenpoofs signature a capella style. The oldest all-male college a capella group in the United States, the Whiffenpoofs were founded in 1909 and have been featured on a number of television programs, including “The West Wing,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Jeopardy!,” “The Gilmore Girls” and “The Sing-Off.” “Last year’s Whiffenpoofs were on the season finale of ‘Glee,’ which is pretty exciting,” said group member Benji Goldsmith, 21. [Sample Our Free Breaking News Alert And 3 P.M. News Newsletters] Every year a new crop of seniors is selected for the group. Goldsmith is one of 14 selected for the current group and serves as music director. “I conduct the group in performance and lead rehearsals but also sing,” Goldsmith said. “We all feel so lucky to be a part of this group, it’s definitely an honor and we really kind of don’t take it for granted.” Not only is acceptance an honor, it’s also a full-time job. The entire group has taken a yearlong leave of absence from Yale, which is not formally associated with the Whiffenpoofs, although Goldsmith said the University does frequently hire the men to give concerts. The group began as a senior quintet that met weekly at Mory’s Temple Bar in New Haven , where they still sing every Monday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. “We spend so much time traveling and touring and doing performances that we are actually taking time off from classes, which is something that has become somewhat standard for people doing the Whiffenpoofs over the last decade,” Goldsmith said. In terms of what listeners can expect from Friday’s show, “our repertoire is pretty diverse in terms of genre,” Goldsmith said. “We’ll probably do a concert of some of our classics, which range from jazz to pop, to some kind of soul, R&B, and then some old standards.
Posted: Thursday, October 3, 2013 10:00 am | Updated: 2:59 pm, Thu Oct 3, 2013. Concert venues on campus pigeonholes potential artists By TAYLOR VINCENT Assistant Features Editor Purdue Exponent Although some students may question why concerts for artists such as Lady Gaga are not held in larger capacity venues such as Mackey Arena, Director of Convocations Todd Wetzel says its not a viable option. In recent memory, one such concert in which location was a pivotal point was the Avicii concert in Elliott Hall of Music in April 2012. Talk of the concert, presented by the Student Concert Committe (SCC), centered around whether it was best to bring a dance-oriented artist, such as Avicii, considering the space available to the Purdue community. President Mitch Daniels addressed the venue space issue in an early September meeting with The Exponent. Daniels said, Surely the question has been looked at. I would always start from if thats what the customer, (in) this case the person attending the concert, would prefer, then why not? Wetzel said an outdoor space was not an option at the time, which forced the SCC to question the value of bringing an artist with an extravagant setup conducive to an outdoor location. The students were wrestling with the question, Is it better to have EDM and even do it in Elliott as opposed to not having it at all? So they made a big bet on bringing Avicii … except it was big seating … It was clear that it didnt measure up (to an outdoor event), Wetzel said. Concert venues are limited at Purdue, and with a wide variety of tastes to cater to, the SCC must configure price, artist, genre and many other factors as to who to bring to campus.