THE MUSIC BOX
Harvard-Yale Glee Clubs
The Whiffenpoofs of 1950 are great. For about 15 minutes last Friday night they proved this at the annual Harvard-Yale Glee Club Concert in New Haven. Zipping through such songs as "Toot Toot Tootsic," "Saloon," "Baby Sister Blues," and "Crusin' Around," they brought life to an otherwise ordinary concert with their relaxed, informal, and technically fine style.
Harvard's Glee Club ran through its program with case and quality, but the dull essence of its classical numbers brought a limited response from the holiday-spirited crowd. The Club's "Gaudeamus, College Medley" arranged this year by Acting Conductor William F. Russell was easily its most interesting piece. College medley turned out to be the only field in which the Harvard Club was better than Yale's.
The New Haven songsters presented a series of short, snappy pieces with a tone perfectly suited to the occasion. The two standbys, "Little Innocent Damb" and "The Deitsch Company," complete with yodels, were sung with the usual glee.
Both clubs combined to open the program with "Ecce Jam Noctis" by George W. Chadwick, arranged for brass and woodwinds by Walter Piston. The work was very interesting, but it was hampered by the poor playing of members of the Yale hand and singing which was not nearly so polished as that in the rest of the program.