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Yale Comes to Vail for Thursday’s two-part program

Tracey Flower
VAIL CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily

Thursday’s Vail Symposium program “A Taste of Yale in Vail” will give both local residents and visitors two opportunities to experience Yale talent, first with a presentation on the works of photographer Robert Adams by Denver Art Museum Curator of Photography and Yale alumni Eric Paddock. His presentation will be followed by a performance of the unaccompanied voices of the famed Yale Whiffenpoofs. The evening is presented by the Vail Symposium, in partnership with the Denver Art Museum and the Colorado Yale Association.

“This program is representative of the Vail Symposium’s broader efforts to bring vital independent programs to the Vail Valley that have originated at great institutions in Colorado and throughout the country,” said Vail Symposium Board Member Jay Huffard.

Paddock will speak on Robert Adams’ exhibit titled, “Robert Adams: The Place We Live, A Retrospective Selection of Photographs,” which is currently on view at the Denver Art Museum. The exhibition features more than 200 black and white photos spanning Adams’ 45-year career, showcasing the artistic legacy of the American photographer and his longstanding engagement with the contemporary Western landscape. Adams lived and worked in Colorado for nearly 30 years. Many of his most acclaimed images were taken in the Rocky Mountain region. The exhibition, organized by the Yale University Art Gallery, is on view until Jan. 2, 2012, in the museum’s Gallagher Family Gallery.

Every year, 14 senior Yale men are selected to be in the Whiffenpoofs, the world’s oldest and best known collegiate a cappella group. The group will perform in Vail just two weeks after performances at the White House and Alice Tully Hall. Founded in 1909, the “Whiffs” began as a senior quartet that met for weekly concerts at Mory’s Temple Bar. Today, the group has become one of Yale’s most celebrated traditions. They sing everything from the traditional Yale fight song to jazz standards to Motown and often perform original pieces written for the group by one of its members. They take their repertoire across the country and around the globe, and their touring schedule of more than 200 shows annually is so industrious that many of them take a year off to focus solely on the Whiffs.

The program begins at 4:30 p.m. with Eric Paddock on Robert Adams, followed by the Whiffenpoofs’ performance at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $25 for the lecture and performance. Please call 970-476-0954 or visit http://www.vailsymposium.org to purchase tickets or for more information.

As the second oldest non-profit in Vail, the Vail Symposium has touched thousands of lives with its rich and varied history. Created in 1971, the Vail Symposium was conceived by community leaders to be a forum for discussions to help create a vision for the community. To stay up to date on all Vail Symposium programs join their Facebook group, follow them on Twitter or sign up for their newsletter.

Tracey Flower works as a communications associate with the Vail Symposium. She can be reached at info@vailsymposium.org.

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