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April 2017

See How LVPAC Amplifies the Arts!

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Take a look inside a digital copy of the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center 2016 Annual Report and find out how LVPAC is working to amplify the arts in our community by supporting artists in a variety of ways. From presenting world renowned artists and curated art exhibits, to supporting talented young jazz all stars and offering visual art classes for all ages, LVPAC helps channel creativity in every direction, serving as a true heart of the arts in downtown Livermore.

Event Preview: Riders in the Sky

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Since the passing of Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, Riders in the Sky have kept the musical flame of Western music alive. Riders in the Sky not only retain the integrity of the genre, but they also brand it with their own wacky humor and unique Western wit. Their hit, “Woody’s Round-Up” from Disney’s Toy Story 2, made Riders in the Sky the lone western band to win a Grammy Award.

The two-time Grammy Award winners are set to make their highly anticipated appearance in the Bankhead Theater at the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center. See below to learn more about Riders in the Sky and their illustrious career.

Riders in the Sky

It’s incredible to think that a wildlife manager – galvanizer – Life Scout, an English major – shot putter – Bluegrass Boy, and a Polka Hall of Famer would come together to eventually become “America’s Favorite Cowboys.” The Riders in the Sky first performed nearly 40 years ago in Nashville’s “Phranks & Steins.” Since then, they’ve gone on to make over 6,000 concert appearances in all 50 states, as well as 10 countries. In 1982, Riders in the Sky became the first exclusively Western music group to join the Grand Ole Opry, the longest running radio show in history.

They’ve been mainstays on television, including TNN and a Saturday morning series on CBS. The Riders in the Sky have even shared the screen with the like of Daffy Duck on Cartoon Network and Stanley on Disney Channel. As previously mentioned, though, the Riders in the Sky continue to be most recognized for their work in Toy Story 2. That set the stage for following year, in which they notched a second Grammy for “Monsters Inc. – Scream Factory Favorites.”

So what exactly has made Riders in the Sky a hit across multiple generations? The group has an uncanny way to appeal to a diverse and broad-based cross section of the public. They can amuse a theatre full of children, as well as an audience full of servicemen. Riders have routinely performed at the White House for both Democratic and Republican administrations and at Major League Baseball’s winter meetings.

The Riders in the Sky are in the Western Music Association’s Hall of Fame, the Country Music Foundation’s Walkway of Stars, and of course, the Walk of Western Stars. They’ve been named “Entertainer of the Year” seven times and won “Traditional Group of the Year” and “Traditional Album of the Year” multiple times.

What others are saying

“In just a few seconds of sweet Western harmony, the Riders can take you back to a time and place where you’ve never spent a moment.” – The Detroit News

“Riders in the Sky are carrying the torch, keeping alive the nearly forgotten campfire songs of the cowboys and the wonderful old songs that celebrated the spirit of the old Wild West.” – Times-Union, Albany

“A mix of both classic and original western songs, smooth harmony, hot locks, and slapstick comedy.” – Grand Rapids Herald

 The Performance

The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is set to welcome the Riders in the Sky for a performance Friday, April 28 at 8 p.m in the Bankhead Theater. Ticket prices range from $50 to $80 and are expected to go fast, so be sure to books yours today. For ticket booking, please call or visit the box office and ensure your spot for what’s expected to be a fun, memorable evening.

Don’t forget that LVPAC is your home for upcoming concerts, symphony, ballet performances, opera shows, and so much more. Contact us now for ticket information or other general information regarding our venues.

Event Preview: Lucie Arnaz

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For 25 years, Lucie Arnaz has appeared on stage, in films, and as a solo artist in theaters and nightclubs worldwide. Lucie, the daughter of television royalty Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, has since created her own fiery, explosive, and heartfelt musical tribute to the rhythm of her roots. Audience members simply love her show, which mixes sophistication with sassy spice as she sets songs from Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, and Johnny Mercer alongside tunes by Agustin Lara, Rafael Hernandez, and Margarita Lecuona.

The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is ecstatic to welcome such an icon to the Bankhead Theater. Keep reading to learn more about Lucie, as well as additional show information.

Get to Know Lucie Arnaz

Lucie began her career in a recurring role on TV’s The Lucy Show opposite her mother. At age 15, she became a regular on Here’s Lucy, while later starring in The Lucie Arnaz Show and Sons & Daughters on CBS.

Soon after, Lucie took to the big screen as she received a Golden Globe nomination for her role alongside Neil Diamond in The Jazz Singer. She also starred in roles opposite Tom Laughlin, Ken Howard, Freddie Prinze, Jr., and Henry Winkler. Lucie even co-starred with the likes of Richard Roundtree, Robert Loggia, and bob Forster in Wild Seven.

The incredibly talented Lucie played a handful of the best women’s roles in theatre, including Sally Bowles in Cabaret and Daisy Mae in L’il Abner. During one summer, Lucie earned the coveted role of Sonia Wolsk in the popular musical They’re Playing Our Song, for which she received The Los Angeles Drama Critic’s Circle, Theatre World, and outer Critic’s Circle Awards. It was there in 1979 where Lucie met her husband, Laurence Luckinbill.

The two married in 1990 and appeared together in Educating Rita, I Do, I Do, and They’re Playing Our Song. Lucie  Lucie soon returned to Broadway where she continued to receive rave reviews, particularly for her role of Bella in Lost in Yonkers by Neil Simon. In 2001, Lucie and her brother produced the I Love Lucy 50th Anniversary Special, which aired on CBS and received an Emmy nomination. Five years later, Lucie opened in Sonia Flew, where she co-starred with her youngest child.

Over the years, Lucie has brought down the house just about everywhere you can imagine across the U.S. and Europe. From Las Vegas to Atlantic City, she has sold out a wide variety of venues, such as the world famous Birdland Jazz Club.

In 2010, Lucie served as the Artistic Director for Babalu! – a celebration of the Latin music craze of the ‘40s and ‘50s as seen through the music of the Desi Arnaz Orchestra. The group opened the 40th season of the Lyric and Lyricist Series in New York City. As recently as two years ago, Lucie played Berthe in the national touring company of “Pippin,” where she performed upside down nightly in a trapeze act alongside original cast member John Rubenstein.

What others are saying

“She sings like a dream. Her voice, with its muted trumpet tones and charming trill, is a remarkable instrument.” – New York Post

The Venue

The 507-seat Bankhead Theater continues to bring artists and audiences together for incredible performances. Once you step into the venue and take in a show at the Bankhead, it doesn’t take long to enjoy the perfect acoustics. Our team at LVPAC knows that exposure to the performing arts has the potential to transform lives. That’s why we do whatever possible to ensure that everyone can enjoy our performances. Not to mention, we offer plenty of family-friendly shows, while nearly all LVPAC Presents events are priced at just $16. From live music and entertainment shows to musical shows and theater, see what makes the Bankhead a true one-of-a-kind experience.

The Performance

Lucie Arnaz makes her appearance at the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center on Saturday, April 29 at 8 p.m. Ticket prices for the event range from $80 to $100 at the Bankhead Theater. Be sure to call or visit the box office to book your tickets. As with all of our events, LVPAC is proud to offer student and active military prices.

 

Event Preview: Judgment at Nuremberg

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Judgment at Nuremberg, based on one of the most popular courtroom dramas of the last century, became an Academy Award-winning film and stage play. The piece has an uncanny ability to leave an audience both unsettled and wanting to know more. In Judgment at Nuremberg, the characters play out a high-stakes game against the backdrop of a looming Cold War, shifting political alliances, as well as fresh memories from World War II.

L.A. Theatre Works returns to the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center and Bankhead Theater with the production of Judgment at Nuremberg. The Nuremberg Trials continue to be remembered as a major turning point in our global narrative. These particular events forever impacted our notions of judgment, retribution, and vengeance.

See below for a snippet of the Q&A segment that can be found in our theater program the night of the event. It features producing director Susan Albert Loewenberg and some of her insights into the historical backdrop of the story.

Q:  The play is based on the war tribunals after WWII. It was a multi-country effort (led by the United States) to hold Nazi war criminals accountable for their crimes against humanity. Does the play demonstrate, and at what cost, that justice was served?

SL: The play does not take a stance on history, nor does it come to a conclusion on whether justice was served. Rather, it presents a moral argument—what is “justice” for something as horrific as the Holocaust? The play demonstrates what it takes to have that conversation, and how important it is to have it. The play asks, “What is justice in today’s global narrative?” It also explores whether an independent judiciary can be truly independent in a politically-charged environment. 

Q: The play explores the aftermath of one of the darkest times in world history. What makes this piece, set more than half a century ago, relevant today? What lessons were learned or ignored? 

SL: The Nuremberg trials forever impacted our notions of jurisprudence, retribution, and vengeance, and there seems to be no more timely moment for them to be discussed than right now. In today’s world, how can we possibly talk about what is “fair” or “right” when grappling with genocide, police brutality, and acts of terrorism? In order to maintain stability, rules must be upheld, and retributions inflicted—the trials taught us this. In the face of unspeakable horror, what is good and what is bad becomes blurred. The play defines the role of judgment and personal responsibility in a world where “right” and “wrong” have lost definite meaning.

The Performance

Judgment at Nuremberg will take place Wednesday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Bankhead Theater. Ticket prices for the event range from $35 to $60. Remember that our performing arts center offers student and active military prices. Please give us a call or visit the box office to book your tickets.

From stage plays and live music to musical shows and theater, see why LVPAC is the premier spot for performing arts enthusiasts. Hurry and book your tickets to Judgment at Nuremberg, as they’re selling fast!

Call 925.373.6800 or email websales@livermoreperformingarts.org for tickets and information