Kroks to Play Carnegie

The Harvard Krokodiloes will perform at New York's Carnegie Hall on February 26 in a concert to benefit the New York Red Cross, officers of the a capella group announced yesterday.

The Kroks will perform with two other a capella groups--the Yale Wiffenpoofs and the Princeton Tigertones--in a sold-out concert that is expected to raise approximately $100,000 for the Red Cross, said Matthew B. Colangelo '95, the head of the Krokodiloes. The event will be hosted by Tony Randall, the star of the television show "The Odd Couple."

The Kroks held a similar benefit in 1989, when they sang with the Tigertones and the Wiffenpoofs in a concert sponsored by Interface Hunger Appeal, a group dedicated to relieving the effects of urban poverty.

Its success prompted this year's officers to perform for another charity, Colangelo said.

"The 1989 benefit worked so well that we wanted to try to do something on a similar scale this year," he said.


Colangelo said that after the 1989 concert, he spoke with members of the Princeton Tigertones about the success of the show.

The heads of the three a capella groups subsequently sent letters to a number of charities in New York looking for sponsors, Colangelo said.

"We were surprised and pleased that a group as large as the Red Cross wanted to sponsor us," he said.

The proceeds of this concert will go to the New York branch of the Red Cross, which runs several local homeless shelters and disaster relief pro grams.

"The concert has gotten a lot bigger than wethought it would" because of the large size andfinancial resources of Red Cross, Colangelo said.

The Kroks are no strangers to nationalpublicity. They performed at President Clinton'sinauguration in 1992.

"The Krokodiloes are really a unique group,"said Jason M. Sobol, a member of the Kroks. "It'sbasically a professional singing group run byundergrads."

Colangelo said that he hopes to do more highprofile benefits for causes like the Red Cross.

"It makes being involved in the group that muchmore staisfying, to do something like this andknow you're helping people," he said

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