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Luminaria display precedes Yavapai College show

The Hot Sardines (Courtesy)

The Hot Sardines (Courtesy)

Friday, Dec. 1, will not only see Yavapai College kicking off the Christmas season with its “Let the Season Begin!” concert, but it also the unveiling of its luminaria display that night right before the concert starts.

The second year for the display, the unveiling will take place in the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center Sculpture Garden from 5:30 to 7 p.m., according to a news release from Yavapai College Marketing & Communications Specialist Michael Grady.

“Yavapai College’s breathtaking luminaria display dots the curving paths of the YC’s award-winning sculpture garden with more than 500 tiny lights, glowing brightly against the contours of the desert plants and metal sculptures,” Grady says. “Families are invited to light and add their own luminaria – or follow the flickers to a variety of holiday treats.”

The garden will be filled by performers from the Yavapai College Performing Arts Department who will present Christmas carols and other cherished holiday songs. At the same time, revelers will be able to watch the stars appear while enjoying cookies, cupcakes, brownies and hot chocolate while automatically being entered into a raffle to win one of three different prize packages.

Viewing the display is free and it immediately precedes the “Let the Season Begin!” concert, which features a full orchestra and combined choirs led by special guest artists Carmen Cancél. With all that, plus dancers and hand bells, there will be close to 200 people on stage, Director Darrel Rowader previously told Prescott Kudos.

“You’ve got orchestra, hand bells, choirs, soloists, young people, dancers,” Rowader said. “It’s a big, big celebration.”

Songs in the concert include “Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day” by John Gardner, “Here We Come A-wassailing,” “Rejoice, Rejoice,” by Philip Stopford and “A Christmas Blessing.”

Luminaria patrons are welcome to just attend the outdoor event as well as attend the concert. Tickets for the concert are $15 for adults and $10 for youth and can be purchased by visiting the box office between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., by calling 928-776-2000 or at

The Christmas celebrations does not end there though. On Tuesday, Dec. 5, the jazz combo known as The Hot Sardines will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. for “The Hot Sardines Holiday Stomp.”

Formed in 2011 by bandleader Evan Palazzo and singer Elizabeth Bourgerol to share their love of jazz greats such as Fats Waller, Dinah Washington and Ella Fitzgerald, they were an underground sensation in Brooklyn and have a niche introducing young audiences to classical jazz, according to a news release.

“We found ourselves in the perfect place at the perfect time,” Palazzo states. “As we explored this 100-year-old jazz, we began to look at it as a journey forward; not a look back.”

With reinterpretations of Christmas classics and forgotten songs alike, tickets start at $29 and can be purchased at the box office, by calling 928-776-2000 or visiting

Yavapai College is located at 1100 E. Sheldon St. in Prescott.


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