Brooklyn Heights residents who hope to save the historic landmark Promenade have engaged the famous Harvard Krokodiloes to perform a benefit concert January 11 at the Heights Casino. The public is invited to support the cause, hear the Kroks unique blend of acapella harmony and humor, and even dine with them afterwards in the elegant dining room of the Heights Casino, founded in 1904.
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KROKS HAVE A LUMINOUS HISTORY
The Kroks are rooted in the Hasty Pudding Club, founded in 1770 and recognized as the oldest collegiate social organization in the United States. The club was built upon traditions of brotherhood, wine, and verse, a combination which led four of the more musically minded members, in 1946, to carry those traditions into the world of close harmony. Inspired by the stuffed crocodiles mounted upon the wall of the Pudding’s Upstairs Bar, these pioneering songsters adopted the Greek word for crocodile, and the Krokodiloes were born.
Since then, this group that is limited to twelve undergraduate men has been bringing the popular music of the Great American Songbook to audiences across the country and around the globe. The Krokodiloes pride themselves on their musical excellence and professional approach to their performance. Their fine musicianship and youthful energy, combined with their unique blend of snappy choreography and witty humor, have made them instant crowd-pleasers wherever they roam.
Among the luminaries the Kroks have entertained are Ella Fitzgerald, Yo-Yo Ma, Princess Grace and Princess Caroline of Monaco, King Bhumibol of Thailand, Elizabeth Taylor, Julia Roberts, and Leonard Bernstein, ’39 (who composed music for the group). They have performed on National Public Radio, “Good Morning America,” “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson,” and on television internationally.
The Krokodiloes also have a long library of recordings dating back to the inception of the group. Their musical repertoire has varied somewhat in the group’s seventy-year history, and today, the Kroks proudly pursue a repertoire loosely defined by “the Great American Songbook and beyond.”
From Cambridge to Cape Town to Carnegie Hall, each year the the Kroks show the world a polished, professional product, fine-tuned in the course of performing over 200 concerts every year. The Kroks have spread their musical goodwill to over 100 countries and performed for kings, queens, presidents, ambassadors, and distinguished guests in all corners of the globe. The Kroks have also made Bermuda their Spring Break home for over 40 years, entertaining at the finest hotels and restaurants. The Kroks have also recorded over 30 albums and performed in the finest concert halls across the world including the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and the Sydney Opera House.
ABOUT THE BENEFICIARIES:
A Better Way NYC (formerly Save the Promenade) is a grassroots group committed to identifying alternatives to the NYC DOT’s proposed BQE redevelopment plan, which would replace the Brooklyn Heights Promenade with an elevated six-lane highway. The plan would cause irreparable damage to the NYC community and its economy, while shrouding neighboring areas in hazardous pollutants and destroying a national historic landmark. We are seeking to partner with key government officials, environmental and engineering experts, and legal advisors, while mobilizing community partnerships to ensure long-term sustainable improvements to New York City’s transportation infrastructure.
For more information, please visit: https://abetterway.nyc/
The Brooklyn Heights Association, is the organized voice of the Heights. We work to preserve our historic buildings, protect the views, advocate for thoughtful urban planning, and promote safety and security on our streets. When there is a threat, we help to organize the community’s response. Whether you rent a studio, own a brownstone, or live in a high-rise, we work to protect everyone’s stake in this neighborhood. That’s why membership in the BHA is so important. The more members we have, the stronger our voice; the more financial support we generate, the more impact we have in pursuing actions to protect and advance the community’s interests; and the more volunteers we enlist, the more we can accomplish as a neighborhood.
For more information, please visit: https://thebha.org/support-us/
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