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The series returns with a dazzling line up of world-renowned performers.

NORFOLK, Va. - (Oct. 29, 2003) - Tidewater Community College and Virginia Arts Festival have partnered to bring four diverse and dynamic performances to the 2003/2004 TCC Performing Arts Series at the Roper. Cowboys, comedians, composers and conductors will grace the stage of the beautifully restored state-of-the-art TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in downtown Norfolk.

Riders In The Sky, Dec. 20, 8 p.m., $30/$20
Grab your partner and saddle up the horses for these singing cowboy legends. Riders In The Sky are America's favorite cowboys who have delighted audiences with their stellar harmonies, side-splitting comedy and some "mighty fine" family entertainment. Creators and hosts of the popular Rider's Radio Theater program on National Public Radio, Riders In The Sky preserve the romance and tradition of singing cowboys. A must see for families!

Chicago City Limits, Jan. 24, 8 p.m., $30/$2
This comedy troupe has raised improvisational theater to an art form. Chicago City Limits has remained New York's longest-running comedy for more than 22 years. Seen everywhere from HBO to the Superbowl, this group entertains with one edgy, uproarious moment after another. A rare opportunity to enjoy such talent!

Chris Norman Ensemble, Feb. 21, 8 p.m., $30/$20
Flutist, piper and composer Chris Norman bridges centuries of traditional music with his talented and versatile quartet. Norman is clearly in a class by himself, and many critics have named him the world's finest wooden flute player.

JoAnn Falletta & Friends, May 6, 2004, 7:30 p.m., $30/$20
As musical director of the Virginia Symphony, JoAnn Falletta has been hailed by The New York Times as "one of the finest conductors of her generation." Ms. Falletta shares her talents in an intimate setting at the Roper conducting a chamber music program that highlights wind

Tickets may be purchased for the whole series with a 15 percent discount off single-priced tickets or for each performance. Tickets are available at the Virginia Arts Festival Box Office in MacArthur Center, through any Ticketmaster Outlet or by phone 671-8100.

The TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center is located at 340 Granby St. in downtown Norfolk. For more information, call 757-822-2822 or visit

The Virginia Arts Festival, created in 1997, is an annual springtime performing arts extravaganza. The organization's mission is to draw national and international attention to the region as a cultural destination and to showcase the region's natural beauty and recreational
attractions as well as its wealth of historic, cultural and educational institutions. In six years, the Festival has established itself as one of the premier cultural events in the Mid-Atlantic.


Tidewater Community College is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling more than 34,000 students annually. The 37th largest in the nation's 1,600 community-college network, TCC ranks among the 50 fastest-growing large community colleges. Founded in 1958 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the theater district in downtown Norfolk and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-three percent of the region's residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC.

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Media Contact: Laurie White, Chief Communications Officer