Welcoming the Whiffenpoofs – March 2017
Beautiful harmonies reverberated in the beautiful First and Franklin Church as the Yale Whiffenpoofs descended on Baltimore for an afternoon of a cappella magic. Representing a homecoming for Whiffenpoof Marylanders Solon Snider (Musical Director from Severna Park) and Zachary Johnson (from Huntingtown), the concert was beautiful from start to finish. The concert featured the camaraderie and humor typical of a Whiffenpoofs concert, but there was even more: the audience was treated to a special world premiere of a piece written specifically for this concert by Solon’s former music composition teacher and Yalie, Judah Adashi. Here’s a quote from Judah about the piece: “The new piece is called “For Martin,” and sets a short poem by my friend Keith Snipes, an actor, narrator, and writer who I fortuitously met in summer 2016. Keith and I share a passion for words and music connected to the Civil Rights Movement, past and present. I had nearly given up on finding the right text for this particular project when I happened upon this poem, which Keith wrote and posted to Facebook on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day this year.” The audience was treated to the musical stylings of Boh Re Mi, Baltimore’s premiere co-ed a cappella group (featuring Yalie and YAAM Board member Justin Lowenthal) to open the show. Special thanks to Terra Ziporyn Snider, Solon’s mother and an active member of YAAM, for organizing the performance and reception.