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News Brief

Holiday Highlights

You could see the holiday spirit at TCC this month and hear it, too.

Horticulture students gained real world experience growing holiday poinsettias, beauties that started as cuttings from plants from Guatemala, which arrived on the Chesapeake Campus in late August.

The TCC Choral Ensemble and TCC Jazz both performed winter concerts full of seasonal music. The chorus, directed by David Warren, celebrated 10 years since returning to the music program after being absent for about a decade. Two concerts - one at the Roper and another at the Pungo Auditorium - reflected the past 10 years, as one piece was chosen from each of the last 10 annual performances.

TCC Chorus opened with Ave Maria and closed with Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening with Cantique de Jean Racine,Candlelight Carol and Angels in Seven among the selections in between. Philip Bass was the lone soloist, singing Shalom Rav in Hebrew.

“I’m Jewish by faith and love the song,” said Bass, who described the concert as “an ambitious program,” adding, “I think we did a bang-up job.”

TCC Jazz, under the direction of Christopher Card, performed at the Roper following TCC Chorus, playing a mix of songs including Christmas Time is Here, Let it Snow and Mr. Grinch.

As for the poinsettias, over the course of the fall semester, students tended the plants, encountering the first color in mid-October and full blooming plants the first week of December.

Growing conditions were closely monitored to ensure the plants received 12 hours of uninterrupted darkness.

"We chose the Freedom Early Red variety to work with this year," says Ken Spencer, Horticulture program head. "We were amazed at the results. These plants are among the best we've produced in my 30 years with the college."

Students from all campuses as well as community singers are welcome to join TCC Chorus, which requires no prerequisites or auditions. The class meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. until noon on the Norfolk Campus. Interested students should register for MUS 137. For information, call Warren at (757) 399-5716 or email

Students involved with TCC Jazz are enrolled in MUS 159 or 259. TCC Jazz is seeking brass players, saxophone players, pianists, guitarists, bass players, drummers and vocalists. For information, email Card at

For more information about TCC’s Horticulture program, contact Ken Spencer at