CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Mitchel Kawash has traveled to all seven continents with the Whiffenpoofs of Yale University, and he will come home to Charleston to sing with the group next week at the Clay Center.
The Whiffenpoofs, an all-male a cappella group, will be in concert with the Appalachian Children's Chorus at 2 p.m. March 25 at the Clay Center.
Kawash, a George Washington High School graduate, took a few moments from his busy schedule to talk about the yearlong adventure in a phone interview from Las Vegas.
"We are in Las Vegas, performing at a lot of schools here. Then on Friday, we're headed to Los Angeles to do a benefit concert with [actress and singer] Zooey Deschanel ['New Girl'] and Jesse Tyler Ferguson of 'Modern Family,'" Kawash said. "Then we're performing at the Lincoln Center on Monday."
The group, made up of 14 senior men from Yale, tours for a full year. Members take an academic leave for the year so they can travel without missing school.
How did Charleston get on the list?
"We try to go to the hometown of our members; a lot of people said they wanted us to come," Kawash said. "I believe it's the first time the Whiffs have performed in Charleston."
The group hooked up with the Appalachian Children's Chorus for the concert, Kawash explained, because ACC director Selina Midkiff and Kawash's parents, Steve and Perri, made the connection.
This year's group is the first to visit all seven continents, and Kawash chats with enthusiasm about Argentina, Europe, Asia, Africa and other far-flung places. He enjoyed a visit to Antarctica last summer, and lots of photos were taken for posterity in the snow with penguins.