Yavapai College: 'Let the Season Begin!'

Opera performer Carmen Cancél (Courtesy)

Opera performer Carmen Cancél (Courtesy)

Don’t let the holidays sneak up on you this year. Instead of being blindsided by store displays and shopping mall muzak, Yavapai College invites families to leap into December with a wave of beautiful songs and glorious voices, a news release states.

“Let the Season Begin!” a full-throated extravaganza of Christmas and seasonal music, heralds the holidays at Yavapai College at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1.

Let the Season Begin! brings luminaria, dancers, the holidays’ most cherished songs and an army of gorgeous voices together in the decorated splendor of the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center. This memorable performance also marks the return of soprano Carmen Cancél to Prescott.

A critically acclaimed opera performer, hailed by Verona’s L’Arena for the “crystalline timbre” of her voice, Cancél wowed audiences as a featured soloist in YCPAC’s production of The Messiah last year. She will lead organist Simon Pick and Yavapai College’s full orchestra and combined choirs on a musical journey through the holidays. From the solemn-and-sacred to glorious anthems to the pop favorites that linger on the radio, Let the Season Begin! covers the entire season in song.

Held the night before Prescott’s 2017 Christmas Parade and Courthouse lighting, Let the Season Begin! allows revelers to jumpstart their holidays with a joyous, celebratory weekend. The production kicks off an entire month of holiday-themed fare.

The Hot Sardines Holiday Stomp, a high-energy jazz combo holiday salute, bows on Tuesday, Dec. 5, White Christmas, The Musical, a live-action showbiz saga spun around Irving Berlin’s timeless holiday song, runs Dec. 14-17; and the Bolshoi production of The Nutcracker, Tchaikovsky’s iconic Christmas ballet, will air via satellite at YCPAC Monday, Dec. 18.

Tickets for Let the Season Begin! are $15 for adults and $10 for youth. For reservations, or more information, contact the YCPAC Box Office, 1100 E. Sheldon St., Prescott, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or call 928-776-2000 (or 877-928-4253 toll free) or visit www.ycpac.com.

Information provided by Yavapai College.