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Scott Kenison

“All art is political in the sense that it serves someone’s politics” — August Wilson

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We have been living in a politically charged environment for what seems like years, but has really only been months. As the dust settles, one hopes that we emerge stronger and perhaps slightly wiser. Through it all, we can seek peace and beauty in art. Come to the Bankhead to enjoy soothing music, listen to a lecture or rock to an old favorite. Head to the Bothwell to take part in a pencil sketch class or hear an intimate concert. Whatever your interest, you are sure to find a place at Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center.

We have two challenges I hope you will join us in meeting. First, we are raising the bar for our end-of-year fundraising campaign. A very generous donor has pledged a matching gift of $150,000, so every dollar we raise in November and December will be matched one-to-one up to $150,000. The second challenge is to reach 1,000 members in 2016. With over 925 now, we hope if you are not already a member, you will join and help us reach that goal.

As in politics, we in the arts are sustained by the participation of our citizens. I am grateful and humbled by your support throughout the year; we could not do this without you. Thank you!

Scott Kenison, Executive Director

“Never treat your audience as customers, always as partners” — Jimmy Stewart

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With summer now over, we are looking ahead to an exciting Tenth Season! From taking part in creating art, to sharing and enjoying it, there are many ways you play a vital role in our arts community. We hope you are as eager to join us at the Bankhead and the Bothwell, as we are to welcome you.

Just as I remember feeling as a child at the start of the school year, we are all excited but, admittedly, a little anxious about the year ahead. We have worked hard to design a season that will engage every segment of our community and expands in new directions. There will be music from classical, Celtic and Broadway to acoustic jazz, rock and R&B. This year there will be more theatrical productions and the Diavolo|Architecture in Motion dance residency in early September is just the start of an amazing year of modern American dance with both Parsons Dance and the Paul Taylor Dance Company.

At the Bankhead and the Bothwell there are opportunities to be engaged and entertained all year long. Be sure to let us know what brings you downtown, what inspires you, and what you enjoyed. We thank you for being a part of LVPAC for our first decade and look forward to many more years to come!

Judy Collins

Something’s Coming, Something Good

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Yesterday we had our first production meeting for Brilliance at the Bankhead featuring Judy Collins with the Livermore Amador Symphony. There is something very exciting about seeing the beginnings of a spectacular evening come together, from planning delicious food and drinks, to discussing  young musicians playing live jazz on the plaza and the gorgeous sounds of the symphony inside as they support the legendary voice of a bonafide star!  As September 10th draws closer, the excitement at the Bankhead will continue to grow.  Along with a stellar concert, we have a fabulous menu prepared for an elegant yet casual evening under the stars.  Add to that exceptional silent and live auction items, topped off with the raffle for a gorgeous white gold and diamond necklace handcrafted by Lance Cavalieri.  Talk about bling!  It’s going to be a sparkling celebration to honor a major milestone for the Bankhead!

Celebrate – the beginning of our Tenth Season at the Bankhead

Support – all the resident companies at the Bankhead

Brilliance at the Bankhead is a not-to-be-missed evening …

So don’t miss it!

Big Stars, Small Space, Great Night . . . and a new look!

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Welcome to our new website!  In May we also launched a new ticketing system to better engage our patrons.  Now you can search for shows that you want to see, look at a calendar of events and make plans and even find out about booking the Bankhead or Bothwell for you events.

We have always been THE place to see great performances up close and personal.  Diablo Magazine dubbed us “Place for a one-night stand” and an “acoustically perfect gem”, what better way to see great performers shine bright. And without a bad seat in the house, you won’t miss a note or a move they make.  We hope you like the new look and find the process of finding out what we do and getting involved easier.

Three Gold Medal Winning Livermore Wines Supporting Arts Education

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wine-box_250x300This unique gift box features three Gold Medal-winning Livermore Valley wines in the 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition; packed in a natural pine wooden box with the Livermore Arts Bankhead Theater logo. Includes one bottle each of Mia Nipote 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, 1846 by Nottingham Cellars 2014 Chardonnay, and Cuda Ridge Wines 2013 Malbec. All proceeds support the LVPAC Education Fund.
Purchase must be picked up at the Bankhead Theater lobby between 12 noon – 6 pm.



Chinese Acrobats’ Breathtaking “Peking Dreams” is First of Many World Music and Arts Events at the Bankhead Theater This Season

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Contact: Scott Kenison or Bernice LaRosa
Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center
925.373.6100 x116
Chinese Acrobats’ Breathtaking “Peking Dreams” is First of Many  World Music and Arts Events at the Bankhead Theater This Season

LIVERMORE, CA – (August 24, 2015) –The National Circus and Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China return to Livermore in September with “Peking Dreams,” a mesmerizing show that combines dazzlingly precise physical artistry with colorful costumes and traditional music. Direct from Beijing, these amazing athletes thrill audiences of all ages with remarkable feats of balance, juggling, contortion, and a gravity-defying ability to fly across the stage. “Peking Dreams” is only the first of more than a dozen events in LVPAC Presents’ ninth season which showcases performing arts from nearly every continent. Upcoming events range from “A Taste of Africa” and “Bollywood Masala Orchestra and Dancers,” to “A Celtic Christmas” and the brilliant flamenco of Paco Peña. “Peking Dreams” will appear at the Bankhead Theater for just one matinee performance on Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.


Founded more than six decades ago, the National Circus and Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China is one of the longest running and most distinguished circus troupes in China. Enhanced by spectacular lighting and costumes, their award-winning acts have filled venues worldwide and won over twenty Gold and Silver medals and other awards at international festivals. Considered innovators in the world of circus companies, the National Circus and Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China have perfected such acts as the grand flying trapeze, giant teeterboard, group contortions, as well as a variety of balancing acts using hoops, poles, balls, ladders and cycles. Their early focus on shifting emphasis away from animal acts to dramatic human physical feats, influenced the pioneers of the now well-known “Cirque du Soleil” who sought coaching from them in these special skills during the 1980s.


The ancient Chinese called the circus “the show of a hundred tricks.” Chinese circus acts are a culturally-treasured art form with roots that date back many centuries to early folk entertainers who used objects from daily life to entertain and engage spectators. As circus feats grew in popularity, they were adopted for Imperial performances and became increasingly intricate and complex. As it has always been, circus performance continues to be centered in family tradition, with skills and expertise passed from generation to generation.


This season, more than a dozen events provide audiences at the Bankhead Theater and Bothwell Arts Center with the opportunity to experience and be immersed in the music and performing arts of other countries. Chinese artistry will be offered again in March with the GuGu Drum Group, whose authentic rhythms and dance movements tell timeless and traditional fables and stories with contemporary flair. Representing every continent except Antarctica, the 2015-2016  LVPAC Presents season includes the return of Master of the Sarod Amjad Ali Khan and Sons, as well as the Moscow Festival Ballet, Parisian film favorite “Triplets of Belleville” with live musical accompaniment, a traditional holiday celebration with Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Carlos Moreno, Dakha Brahka’s contemporary music of the Ukraine, and the wildly entertaining Wellington Ukulele Orchestra of New Zealand.


The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is dedicated to offering entertainment for all ages and encourages family attendance by offering student tickets for only $16 at nearly every  event. Upcoming family-focused shows include the renowned Stunt Dog Experience, appearing Friday November 6th and two matinee performances in April by the uncrowned queen of kindie rock, Laurie Berkner, on her solo “You and Me Tour.” Tickets for these and all other performances in the 2015-2016 LVPAC Presents series are available now through the Bankhead Theater ticket office, online at, or via the new LVPAC mobile app.


The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center provides wide-ranging programs that provide access to the arts for the Tri-Valley community and beyond. The Bankhead Theater and the Bothwell Arts Center are home to nine resident performing arts companies and over 40 studio artists and cultural arts instructors. The Bankhead Theater ticket office is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. On performance days the ticket office is open from two hours before to 30 minutes after the scheduled start of each show. Subscriptions and single tickets for all shows in the 2015-2016 LVPAC Presents season, as well as resident companies and events at the Bothwell Arts Center are available now at the Bankhead Theater ticket office, 925-373-6800 or

Upcoming Events

Fri 14

The Nutcracker

Fri, December 14 @ 7:00 pm
Organizer: Valley Dance Theatre
Thu 20

The Doo Wop Project Christmas

Thu, December 20 @ 7:30 pm
Fri 21

Irish Christmas in America

Fri, December 21 @ 8:00 pm
Sat 22
Sat 22

Love Actually

Sat, December 22 @ 7:00 pm

Call 925.373.6800 or email for tickets and information