Harmony and Understanding will rock the holiday season when Tyler Junior College’s Harmony and Understanding song and dance troupe hosts its free fall concert “Rock this town” at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday in Jean Brown Theatre.

“This one is different, because we typically have been in Wise Auditorium,” Director Andrea Trent said. “It’s a more intimate setting and better accommodates a smaller group.”

The concert will feature a combination of pop, rock, rockabilly and holiday music.

“It was a lot of work to put together, but we’ve all worked really hard to put on a great show,” said musical theater major Kelsey Kilgore.

The group has a fun show planned, with the runtime coming in at just an hour.

“We practice about six hours a week between the singing and the choreography, and then we’re out in the community three times a month,” Ms. Trent said. “It’s a big commitment, but they get a lot of excellent experience.”

Ms. Trent said the group’s main focus is providing the best possible training for potential professional performers.

“Ms. Trent has spent a lot of time whipping us into shape,” Jamichael Kilson said. "We also had a very good choreographer, Ms. Carolyn Hanna. I think she did a great job. She was very patient with us and willing to stay after if we didn’t understand something.”

Ms. Kilgore agreed.

“You have to have a passion for it,” Ms. Kilgore said. “You have to have the commitment to come up here and practice and work outside of these rehearsals.”

The group has three more performances after their fall concert. Ms. Trent said the group also can be booked for performances.

Harmony and Understanding features Brandon Bell of Arlington; Kristina Butler of Burleson; Julianne Casey of Whitehouse; Kelsey Kilgore of Flint; Jamichael Kilson of Tyler; Jerod Rogers of Winona; Holly Tarkon of Trinity; Cedtrese Williams of Houston.

For more information, visit tjc.edu/harmonyandunderstanding





Cory is a multimedia journalist and member of the Education Writers Association, Criminal Justice Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors. He has appeared on Crime Watch Daily and Grave Mysteries on Investigation Discovery.

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