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Rolling Stones ‘Zip Code’ tour to include UT Arlington’s A Cappella Choir

Friday, May 29, 2015 • Media Contact: Bridget Lewis

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The University of Texas at Arlington A Cappella Choir will experience life on the big stage when its members perform with the Rolling Stones during the rock band’s “Zip Code” concert June 6 at AT&T Stadium.

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The Rolling Stones launched their 2015 Zip Code tour May 24 in San Diego.

Other excellent young adult chamber choirs in the region were considered, but ultimately UT Arlington’s A Cappella Choir was selected to accompany the legendary British band.

Over the past few decades, the choir has received many distinguished honors, appeared before the Texas Music Educators Convention, with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, at the national convention of the American Choral Directors Association and with the Manhattan Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. June 6 will mark the choir’s first time performing with rock royalty.

“We are really thrilled that our students will have the opportunity to perform with one of the greatest rock bands in the world,” said Karen Kenaston-French, associate professor of music and director of Choral Activities in the UT Arlington College of Liberal Arts. “This is great exposure for our students. And really, how many U.S. college choirs can say they’ve performed with the Stones in concert and in a venue as incredible as AT&T Stadium? It’s just a tremendous honor.”

The Rolling Stones kicked off their 15-city North American stadium “Zip Code” tour May 24 before a sold-out crowd at San Diego’s Petco Park.

The band treated their generations of fans to a special show with a set packed full of classic hits such as “Gimme Shelter,” “Paint It Black,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Tumbling Dice,” and “It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll,” as well as special gems from their extraordinary catalog.

In addition to Arlington, the tour will make stops in Columbus, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Orlando, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Raleigh, Indianapolis, Detroit and Buffalo, before wrapping in Quebec on July 15 at D’Été de Québec.

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The UTA A Cappella Choir performed a program directed by Karen Kenaston-French, associate professor of music, at Irons Recital Hall in 2014. Members of the choir will perform with the Rolling Stones in a June 6 concert at AT&T Stadium.

About the UT Arlington A Cappella Choir

The UT Arlington A Cappella Choir is the premiere choral ensemble of The University of Texas at Arlington and is directed by Dr. Karen Kenaston-French. Performing a diverse array of challenging choral literature from the Renaissance to the present, the A Cappella Choir presents several concerts each year, tours annually and periodically presents major works with orchestra. In 2013 the choir released its first CD, “The Road Home,” which has been broadcast nationally on NPR’s “With Heart and Voice.” The choir was named a finalist in the 2014 American Prize for Choral Performance.

About The University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of more than 50,000 students in campus-based and online degree programs and is the second largest institution in The University of Texas System. The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked UT Arlington as one of the 20 fastest-growing public research universities in the nation in 2014. U.S. News & World Report ranks UT Arlington fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. The University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is ranked as a “Best for Vets” college by Military Times magazine. Visit to learn more, and find UT Arlington rankings and recognition at