DENVER (CBS4) – Shows like “Glee” and movies like “Pitch Perfect” have made singing groups all the rage but who would think of putting fireworks and a capella together?

The Civic Center Conservancy did when playing for its 5th annual Independence Eve celebration and asked MIX, the University of Colorado Denver’s premier a capella group, to kick off the evening.

Emma Wallingford and Renee Davis are part of the  a capella group "MIX" (credit: CBS)

Emma Wallingford and Renee Davis are part of the a capella group “MIX” (credit: CBS)

The group is made up of eight students at the university. Renee Davis and Emma Wallingford are two juniors who will be performing at the concert.

“We do all sorts of a capello, jazz, pop, oldies,” Davis said but she admits her favorite is gospel.

Wallingford also loves the variety of music the group performs and she is excited about the set list for Independence Eve.

“We’re doing a Sugarland piece that’s like a powerhouse,” said Wallingford. “It will definitely have a lot of energy.”

For Davis the chance to sing Katy Perry’s “Firework” for a crowd estimated at 100,000 is a definite highlight.

Both women were approached by a voice teacher who asked them to audition but both have been singing for years.

“I guess seriously my freshman year of high school,” Wallingford said, “but I was singing when I was a little tot.”

“I’ve singing since … my mom says since I could talk,” said Davis. “But I doubt it.”

Whenever they started, Davis and Wallingford agree they are excited to share the stage with the Denver Municipal Band the Hazel Miller Band.

“I’ve always wanted to see Hazel Miller because I’ve heard amazing things,” Wallingford said. “I’m a little star-struck.”

“We’re excited,” said Davis. “We’re practicing, we’re getting ready. We’re getting ready to be nervous and we just want to go out there and have a ton of fun.”

CBS4 is a proud partner of the Independence Eve event which kicks off at 8 p.m. on Thursday. CBS4’s Jim Benemann will be hosting.

LINK: Independence Eve Information


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