Reprinted with permission from Alyssa Evans, Mad Meg Creative


HOUSTON (October 9th, 2017) – Rice Village District is bringing back their historic Christmas tree
lighting on Wednesday, November 29 from 6-8 p.m. The shopping center is putting a modern
twist on the holiday event by pairing it with a star-studded a cappella competition inspired by
the popular movie franchise, Pitch Perfect.

Emcee of the competition will be famed Dancing with the Stars professional and Emmy nominated
choreographer, Tony Dovolani. Judging the competition is Houston’s own Freddy
Cruz of 104.1 KRBE, Chloe Dao of Project Runway and Houston Chronicle Music Critic, Joey

Six a cappella groups from across Houston - Space City Sound Chorus,  
Rice University Philharmonics, UH Rhapsody, UH Acabellas , Docappella and the
all-female group Six of One - will compete for 1st place. The groups will compete in two rounds
and perform a holiday set where they will be scored on song choice, choreography and vocal
performance. The Sing-Off will take place in front of the Christmas tree at the corner of
University and Morningside Drive. The winner of the competition will get to light the Christmas
tree and will receive a donation to their group.

“My heart has been in Houston since Hurricane Harvey. I’m excited to spend time with
Houstonians and raise money for United Way through a real-life Pitch Perfect competition,”
says Tony Dovolani. “I can’t wait to see the talent Houston has to offer!”
Tickets to the Sing-Off are free, but there is a suggested donation of $10. VIP tickets can be
purchased for $50 and ticket holders will partake in a photo opportunity with Tony Dovolani
and enjoy the performance from a VIP viewing area. All proceeds from the Rice Village Sing-Off
will go to United Way in conjunction with Rice Village’s Make a Difference campaign. Tickets
can be purchased at

For more information regarding the Sing-Off, please contact Alyssa Evans at 713.591.2075 or More information also can be found at, Facebook, and Instagram.

About Rice Village

Rice Village is a historic Houston outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment district near Rice
University featuring more than 40 retail and restaurant options such as Athleta, Bluemercury,
D’Amico’s, Italian Market Café, Hemline, Hopdoddy Burger Bar, Kendra Scott Jewelry, Lily Rain,
MAC Cosmetics and Urban Outfitters. Bounded by Kirby Drive, University Boulevard, Times
Boulevard and Morningside Drive, Rice Village has been a part of the Houston retail landscape
since 1938. Trademark Property Co. manages the project, including development, leasing and
property management services.

About Trademark Property Co.

Trademark Property Co. is an operator, investor and developer of award-winning, mixed-use
town centers, specialty, community, power centers and enclosed regional malls. Celebrating its
25th anniversary in 2017, the Fort Worth, Texas-based Trademark has invested in, or developed
over 11.5 million square feet of retail and mixed-use assets worth over $2 billion. Trademark’s
experienced team of 120 employees is responsible for approximately 6.8 million square feet of
retail and mixed-use projects currently in operation or development/redevelopment, including:
Alliance Town Center (Fort Worth, Texas), Burr Ridge Village Center (Chicago, Ill.), Glades Plaza
(Boca Raton, Fla.), Hillside Village (Cedar Hill, Texas), La Palmera (Corpus Christi, Texas), Market
Street Flowood (Flowood, Miss.), Market Street – The Woodlands (The Woodlands, Texas), First
Street Napa (Napa, Calif.), Perkins Rowe (Baton Rouge, La.), Rice Village (Houston, Texas),
Saddle Creek (Germantown, Tenn.), The Shops at La Palmera (Corpus Christi, Texas), Victory
Park (Dallas, Texas), Watters Creek (Allen, Texas), Waterside (Fort Worth, Texas), and
WestBend (Fort Worth, Texas). For more information, visit or
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