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Keep Calm and Pop On – River City Pops Brings Back the British Invasion

Calling all listeners of pirate radio! River City Pops: British Invasion lands on our side of the pond on June 16 for five performances!

Over the past 32 years, River City Pops has performed a wide range of themes. This year, the group is getting back to basics. British Invasion celebrates the music of British musicians who have left their own, indelible stamp on American music—from the early days of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones to modern artists such as Adele and Coldplay.

The obvious challenge was deciding what artists and songs to include. The choices are vast and British artists have flooded our airwaves and digital playlists with more music than can possibly fit in one show. So, RCP asked the question, “what absolutely must be included?”

The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Elton John, Queen, and The Who were easy choices. Beyond that, it was about the songs—iconic songs. They’ve come up with a selection that any fan of pop and rock music will appreciate. Nostalgic stuff from the ’60s and ’70s, as well as contemporary music you’d hear on today’s radio. They haven’t covered everything, but we think the mix is fun, compelling, and a suitably inspired tribute to British rock and roll.

Under the musical direction of Molly Kissinger, RCP is a pop/variety show choir that’s been entertaining family audiences in Austin since 1984. The group is composed of twenty-five voices—people of all walks of life who love to sing and perform!

RCP was originally created by former members of the University of Texas Longhorn Singers in early 1984. Directed by UT alumnus Cindy Couch, the first performance took place in May of that year. The chorus was arranged on risers in typical choir fashion and performed popular selections, singing with a bare backdrop, two microphones and a spotlight that was actually a physician’s examining lamp. Regardless of the meager accouterments, the show was a success and the audience loved it.

Since then, RCP has continued to evolve and satisfy audiences with rousing and inspired shows. This is the group’s second year in The Long Center and they’ve found it to be the perfect venue for RCP’s brand of entertainment. Large enough for big voices, a live band, and choreographed numbers. Intimate enough for the audience to feel involved. It’s an exciting show and we want to see people tapping their feet and singing to the music. That’s why they do it.

British Invasion runs from June 16 – June 19 in the Rollins Studio Theatre. The River City Pops has been entertaining family audiences in Austin, TX since 1984.

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