Tyler, Texas (FOX51) — Tyler Junior College’s premier performance groups Harmony & Understanding and the TJC Jazz Ensemble are busy prepping “Holiday Pops,” a showcase of high-energy, musical numbers to celebrate the season.
Performances are 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, December 6 and 7, in Wise Auditorium on the TJC main campus.
Admission is free.
The production is under the direction of Andrea Trent, TJC voice professor and director of Harmony & Understanding, and Heather Mensch, TJC professor of jazz studies and director of the TJC Jazz Ensemble.
This marks the first time the TJC groups have collaborated on a holiday spectacular.
“Traditionally, we do a Pops Show prior to Thanksgiving,” Trent said, “but with the ‘Nutcracker’ ballet relocating to the Cowan Center this year for its 25th anniversary, we seized the opportunity to move the performance date to December and put on a holiday show.”
She said the show is inspired by the Christmas Extravaganza concerts by popular jazz guitarist Brian Setzer and his Orchestra and includes selections combining jazz, traditional and popular genres.
Harmony & Understanding members are: Taylor Chapman, Forney; Irene Duran, Jacksonville; Michaela Ellis, Tyler; Maya Foster, Tyler; Adam Jimenez, Canton; Jamichael Kilson, Tyler; Kristen Miller, Weatherford; Johanna Ramsey, Winnsboro; Nicholas Sheffield, Tyler; and Kashyra Thompson, Texarkana.
TJC Jazz Ensemble members are: Josh Alderete, Pasadena; Jacob Church, Orange; Max Dannenberg, Mineola; Jeff Dees, New London; Grant Ewing, Tyler; Angel Galvan, Tyler; Michael Heatley, Tyler; Joshua Kennedy, Palestine; Jose Lopez, Commerce; Sean McBrayer, Huntingdon, Pa.; Shiloh McGraw, Tyler; Forrest Morgan, Tyler; Austin Phelps, Palestine; Austin Sandefur, Avinger; Brian Sanders, Tyler; Joseph Schmidt, Kilgore; and Kendall Smith, Fort Worth.
Sound technician is Cody Taylor, of Bastrop.
For more information on TJC music programs, go to www.tjc.edu/music.