Nassoon Alumni Concert

Come hear Nassoon alumni from the classes of 1954-1974 singing songs from the golden era of the Nassoons repertoire, including popular jazz numbers of the '30s and '40s, Show Tunes, and radio classics from the '50s and early '60s.

Nassoon Alumni (Classes 1954 - 1974)
in Concert
Friday, November 3rd, 2017
6:00 - 7:00 pm
St. Marks Episcopal Church
1625 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA 

Reception following the concert at
The Racquet Club
215 S. 16th St., Philadelphia
 $15/per person
Tickets are for the Concert & Reception. 
A cash bar will be available. 


About The Nassoons

The Princeton Nassoons is one of the world's finest collegiate performance ensembles. Formed as a close-harmony a cappella alternative to the University Glee Club in the late 1930's, their early days were spent practicing in the basement of Princeton's Murray-Dodge Hall. The yet-unnamed group mainly rehearsed for and performed small on-campus shows. However, the turning point came on a cool autumn New Haven evening in 1941.

Seven men, as the story goes, stood before the sold-out Princeton-Yale Weekend Glee Club Concert audience. Having obtained permission from the Glee Club director, they launched into a short set in the middle of the Princeton program. The dishearteningly lukewarm reaction of the audience began to take its toll on the ensemble who, in desperation, pulled out an arrangement which the Glee Club director had explicitly prohibited them from using.

Its racy lyrics and bawdy five-part harmonies, he feared, would offend the tender sensibilities of the stodgy New Haven audience. That song was Perfidia, and as the last robust chords echoed throughout the hall the audience rose to its feet in a chorus of applause, demanding an encore. The seven Princetonians had no choice but to launch into Perfidia for a second time - and the Nassoons were born. 

They have sung our signature four-, five-, and six-part harmonies alongside the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, the Lettermen, and Ben Folds. They tour the globe three times a year, sharing our music, dancing, and jokes with audiences that have included three U.S. presidents, royalty, vacationers in Cancun, screaming school children in Hong Kong, and socialites in Monte Carlo. The undergraduate Nassoons have 14 members this year.
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