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Yavapai College presents musical rebuttal to Valentine’s Day

Soprano Kim Cancél and pianist/singer Jean Sophie Kim are bringing their “So... Is This A Date?,” a show that is a funny musical look at the terrors of dating in the digital age, to the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, as part of its Cabaret Series. (Courtesy)

Soprano Kim Cancél and pianist/singer Jean Sophie Kim are bringing their “So... Is This A Date?,” a show that is a funny musical look at the terrors of dating in the digital age, to the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, as part of its Cabaret Series. (Courtesy)

The Yavapai College Performing Arts Center’s Cabaret Series continues with a funny, musical look at the terrors of dating in the digital age called “So… Is This a Date?” Friday night, Feb. 14.

Created by its New York-based performers, soprano Carmen Cancél and pianist/singer Jean Sophie Kim, the show is a musical call for the return of old school romance, according to a news release from Yavapai College Marketing & Communications Specialist Michael Grady.

“Until recently, there was a loose script for courting,” Cancél said in the release. “We all knew the story: subtle flirting, less-subtle flirting, increasingly shameless flirting, choosing an outfit to withstandan evening of dinner, drinking, backseats of cabs and the bleary-eyed walk of shame. You know, a ‘fairy tale.”

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Soprano Kim Cancél and pianist/singer Jean Sophie Kim. (Courtesy)

These days, however, choosing prospective dates is as exciting as choosing what you want to eat for dinner and posting it on social media, she said. The 7 p.m. show follows the quest for a soul mate with some good stories about bad dates along the way.

A critically acclaimed operatic soprano, Cancél is known locally for her appearance in Handel’s “Messiah” and “Let the Season Begin.” In this show, she and Kim, pianist, vocalist and solo performer, turn their considerable talents to more contemporary fare. Tickets for “So… Is This a Date?” are $52, available online at www.ycpac.com, by calling 928-776-2000 or at the box office.

The Cabaret Series, now in its fourth season, offers a contrast to the big shows put on at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center.

“By capping the crowd to the size of a small nightclub, bringing the audiences onstage and serving beverages, hors d’oeuvres and dessert, the Cabaret Series creates an intimate atmosphere where the artists perform in ‘close-up’ and no acoustical nuance is missed,” the release states.

For more information, visit www.ycpac.com. The Yavapai College Performing Arts Center is located at 1100 E. Sheldon St.

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