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The Library Society is delighted to welcome back the Yale Alley Cats, the incredibly talented, world-renowned, all-male a cappella singing group from Yale University, making music around the world since their founding back in 1943. The group will perform classic and contemporary songs, all just with the power of their impressive voices. This event is free and open to the public, and an RSVP is required. To RSVP, fill out the form below with your full name, number of attendees, and email address.
About the Yale Alley Cats:
On a brisk autumn night in 1943…the Alley Cats ‘founding fathers’ climbed to the top of Saybrook Tower and serenaded campus with their traditional opening number, “Sally in Our Alley.”
Since then, as Yale’s classiest a cappella group, the Cats have created over 200 original arrangements from jazz standards to Motown, from timeless oldies to contemporary chart-toppers. They’ve released several dozen albums, held seventy-four annual Champagne Jamborees, and performed for public figures such as President Barack Obama, her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Martha Stewart, and Jay Leno. In true Cat fashion, as the first Yale a cappella group to tour internationally, they bring their unique brand of refined all-male harmonies, stylistic expertise, and witty charm to destinations around the world.
Their musical repertoire, all arranged by current or former Alley Cats, reflects both their tradition and diversity. It has grown over 77 years to include a mix of everything from the Temptations and Michael Jackson to Sam Smith and Alicia Keys. They add modern pieces while staying true to their roots in jazz standards from the likes of Gershwin, Ellington, and Porter. The complex arrangements and acknowledged musicality allow them to perform for any audience, from ambassadors to elementary schoolers, making for an always exciting Alley Cat experience.