The World Cup of whistling comes to Pasadena

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Carole Anne Kaufman, “The Whistling Diva.”

Carole Anne Kaufman, “The Whistling Diva.”

While a lot of folks whistle while they work, or whistle in Mayberry, or just whistle happily, there’s more serious whistling going on.

People will be puckering their lips and belting out tunes this Saturday, June 11 at the Masters of Musical Whistling international competition and concert at The AHIAH Center in Pasadena.

The organizer of the event and two-time world whistling champion is Carole Anne Kaufman, who goes by the handle “The Whistling Diva.”

She spoke to KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis about the history of man’s first musical instrument, and the resurgence of whistling in pop culture.