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Scott Kenison

“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.

Purchase

 

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

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Scott Kenison or Bernice LaRosa
Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center
925-583.2301
skenison@livermoreperformingarts.org
925.373.6100 x116
blarosa@livermoreperformingarts.org
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 www.bankheadtheater.org, or via the new LVPAC mobile app.

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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 www.bankheadtheater.org

The Ray Charles Project Opens the Ninth Annual LVPAC Presents Season with the Unforgettable Music of an Undisputed Legend

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Scott Kenison or Bernice LaRosa
Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center
925-583.2301
skenison@livermoreperformingarts.org
925.373.6100 x116
blarosa@livermoreperformingarts.org
The Ray Charles Project Opens the Ninth Annual LVPAC Presents Season with the Unforgettable Music of an Undisputed Legend

LIVERMORE, CA – (August 20, 2015)

Celebrating the genius of a musical legend, the elite jazz and blues artists of The Ray Charles Project will offer their take on his unforgettable songs as LVPAC Presents launches its ninth season at the Bankhead Theater on Saturday, September 5, 2015. Started just a few years ago in the Bay Area, The Ray Charles Project has gained widespread attention for both the exceptional tribute it offers to Charles’ music and the impressive credentials of the musicians united on stage. Santana vocalist Tony Lindsay, guitarist Chris Cain, David K. Matthews on keyboards, Glenn Walters on vocals, bassist DeWayne Pate, and drummer Deszon Claiborne deliver their own take on such familiar hits from Ray Charles’ songbook as “Georgia on my Mind,” “Unchain my Heart,” and “Hit the Road Jack.”

Now honored in virtually every music Hall of Fame with awards too numerous to count and a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, Ray Charles was born in rural Georgia at the start of the Great Depression. The loss of his eyesight, which was complete and irrevocable by the age of seven, never held him back. He first learned classical piano while at the Florida State School for the Deaf and Blind, before branching out to the jazz and blues he heard on the radio. Over his long and remarkable career, Charles’ immense talent attracted a broad audience that crossed generations and genres. Effortlessly fusing elements of rhythm and blues, gospel, jazz, pop, rock and roll, and country, his irresistible and versatile musical style earned him loyal fans worldwide.

The connections between the musicians in The Ray Charles Project run deep, with links to many classic rock, R&B and jazz legends. Eleven-time Grammy Award winner Tony Lindsay is best known for his decades as lead vocalist with the Latin rock band Santana, but has also performed and recorded with such artists as Patti Austin, Aretha Franklin, and Steve Winwood. Now the keyboard player for Santana, Dave Mathews joined the funk/soul group Tower of Power as organist when he was just 23 years old, and for decades played keyboards for the Queen of R&B, Etta James. In addition to his acclaimed solo albums, Bay Area blues guitarist Chris Cain performed with such greats as Albert King, Albert Collins, Boz Scaggs, and Willie Nelson. Bassist DeWayne Pate has also worked with Boz Scaggs, as well as Maria Muldaur, Huey Lewis the News, and many others. As part of The Ray Charles Project however, all six powerhouse musicians join together solely to pay tribute to a phenomenal singer-pianist whose musical contributions continue to have an unmistakable influence on the artists of today.

LVPAC Presents showcases a year-round roster of acclaimed performers in music, dance, comedy, and other performing arts. “The 2015-2016 season is one of the broadest and most diverse we’ve ever offered,” said Executive Director Scott Kenison. “From the alluring music of the cosmopolitan band Pink Martini and the signature country sound of Rosanne Cash, to the exciting Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and chilling drama of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, these shows will satisfy and stimulate your senses, whether it’s something you’ve wanted to see for a long time or a show you never expected to attend,” he added. Reaching out to audiences old and new, LVPAC Presents’ ninth season also features artists representing nearly every continent, including the Bollywood Masala Orchestra and Dancers, Christmas with the Celts, the Moscow Festival Ballet, GuGu Drums of China, and New Zealand’s Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra.

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The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center provides wide-ranging programs that give access to the arts for the Tri-Valley community and beyond. LVPAC Presents offers a diverse variety of exceptional music, dance and theatrical performances at the Bankhead Theater each year. 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. Between them, they have offered more than 500 public activities each year, from classes and workshops, to concerts, festivals and performances, as well as ArtWalk and extensive educational arts outreach. A list of upcoming performances at the Bankhead Theater, as well as activities at the Bothwell Arts Center, is available online at livermoreperformingarts.org

Upcoming Events

Thu 18

David Shoemaker

Thu, January 18 @ 7:30 pm
Fri 19

Marc Cohn

Fri, January 19 @ 8:00 pm
Sat 20

1776

Sat, January 20 @ 8:00 pm
Organizer: Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre
925.462.2121

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