St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington, Conn., will open the 2011-2012 Concert Series with the return of The Yale Whiffenpoofs on Saturday, September 24 at 8 p.m.

   Every year, 14 senior men are chosen to be part of this historic a capella group at Yale University in New Haven. The origins of The Whiffenpoofs can be traced to 1909 when a few Yale Glee Club members began to gather at Mory’s Temple Bar on a weekly basis to sing together. The tradition continues today as one of the oldest, and most well known, collegiate singing groups returns to St. John’s, Washington.

   The 2011-2012 Concert Series presents  six concerts this season, all world class performers and ensembles representing a broad range of music and musical styles. Christoper Morrongiello and Marcia Young will mark the 400th anniversary of the King James Version on October 22 with a concert of 16th century music. Elisabeth von Trapp, Maria and Baron von Trapp’s granddaughter, will perform favorites from The Sound of Music, Puccini arias, American gospel and more on March 24, 2012.

   The Galvanized Jazz Band will bring hot Dixieland, New Orleans jazz, blues, rags, stomps, struts and spirituals on May 12, 2012. Tempesta Di Mare will present American baroque music on September 15, 2012, and finally, The Borealis Wind Quintet, a highly esteemed chamber ensemble closes the series with classics, opera arias, and commissioned works for piano and winds.

   Tickets for each concert are $40 per person, or season subscriptions (for all six concerts) are $210.

   Music lovers are encouraged to help underwrite the costs of the Concert Series at various levels by becoming sustainers, supporters, sponsors and benefactors.

   All concerts will be held at 8 p.m., Saturday evenings, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 78 Green Hill Road, Washington, Conn. For more information, please call 860-868-2527 or visit the Church’s website at