The Alley Cats performed at Dallas Academy as a part of the school’s guest concert series for cultural enrichment which aims to bring live performances to the entire school community. Molly Grogan, a board certified music therapist and Dallas Academy’s Director of Music and Performing Arts, created a cultural enrichment program which invites guest artists to perform on campus. Ms. Grogan was surprised when she realized that many of her students had never heard a professional music group or seen an orchestra perform live. “So much of what children are exposed to today is pop music that depends on behind-the-scenes studio magic and not on the talent of the performers. I want them to learn that true music is created with practice, study, hard work, and a passion for the arts. I want my students to see what real talent looks like and the hard word that goes into creating a show. The Alley Cats did not disappoint!” In addition to the Alley Cats, Yale University’s women’s a cappella choir Whim ‘n Rhythm and Booker T. Washington’s chamber orchestra have both recently performed for Dallas Academy students. Ms. Grogan looks forward to introducing many more musical acts to the Dallas Academy community in the future.
The Alley Cats were founded in 1943 when, late one night, the four founding fathers climbed up to the very top of Saybrook Tower on Yale’s campus and serenaded their community by moonlight with the song “Sally in Our Alley.” That night started a Yale tradition that has lasted over seventy years. Since then, the group has released dozens of albums and toured the world eighteen times. Recently, the Alley Cats have performed for President Barack Obama, President Bill Clinton, Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden, Aretha Franklin, Martha Stewart, and Kristin Chenoweth. The group boasts a diverse repertoire which includes jazz, Motown, pop, and classical music. While the group has expanded their repertoire over the years, they are still steeped in tradition and begin every performance with “Sally in Our Alley.” While their talent and professionalism was evident to everyone in the Dallas Academy audience, the group still managed to pack the performance with lots of humor through choreographed dance routines, serenades to members of the audience, and particularly comical speaking interludes.
Dallas Academy was thrilled to host such an exceptionally talented, personable, and bright group of gentlemen for the school’s guest concert series. Dallas Academy looks forward to hosting many more performances in the future. To learn more about the Alley Cats and to hear samples of their music, visit www.yalealleycats.com/live/.