“Society of Orpheus and Bacchus”

a Cappella concert

Jan. 8




Yale Singing Group —Yale SOBS

Jan. 8 at 7pm

The Yale SOBs, a men’s a cappella singing group from New Haven and the second-longest-running collegiate a cappella group in the nation, will appear in concert at the Piedmont Center for the Arts on Tuesday, January 8 at 7 p.m.

They will be joined by the Troubadours, Piedmont High School’s a cappella vocal ensemble, which is celebrating its 50th year. 

The Troubadours will open with a short set, followed by a full program by the SOBs. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and are available at the door.  

History of Yale SOBs

On All Hallows’ Eve in 1938, twelve of the sweetest voices at Yale converged on Mory’s Temple Bar to form an a cappella group unlike any other. This group went without a name until they capitalized on a backhanded compliment received at a party: “These SOBs are good!” These groundbreaking singers invoked the talents of Orpheus, minstrel to Olympus, and the legacy of Bacchus, god of revelry, knowing quite well that good music and good spirits are essential to the success of any party. Since that fateful night, the Society of Orpheus and Bacchus has seamlessly fused the ancient traditions of music and revelry with the hip attitude of every rock band that has made thousands of teenagers scream for an encore.

The Society of Orpheus and Bacchus (SOB) is the second-longest-running collegiate a cappella group in the nation, with an enormous repertoire spanning more than seven decades. Their music includes traditional, jazz, blues, rock and roll, and original compositions. The SOBs pride themselves on injecting a healthy dose of comedy into our performances to make each concert engaging and unique. 

They have performed throughout the world, from the White House to the shores of Aruba to the Pushkin Museum in Moscow. Their blend of musical excellence, spontaneity and laughter has kept audiences around the world entertained for 80 years.