We know. Sometimes people have questions about the business of running a theater. Why do some tickets cost more than others? Why don’t you book my favorite big name artists? Why is fundraising so important? The answers are both simple and complex.
Classified as an independent non-profit, the Bankhead Theater is, and always has been, a community-funded venue. Unlike some venues, such as the Gallo in Modesto, it was not financed by a single founder’s wealth, or launched by a significant land grant such as Montalvo in the Saratoga foothills. It is not city-owned like the Firehouse in Pleasanton and the Lesher in Walnut Creek, nor city-funded like the Sunset in Carmel.
In fact, the Bankhead was built brick by brick by dedicated members of the community and continues to be funded by donors and ticket buyers like you. This is why our vision is to be the heart of a vibrant and diverse arts community and why we work so hard to deliver on that promise.
For nearly every show we present at the Bankhead, the money from your ticket barely covers the cost of putting the artists on stage. It does not cover the backstage crew, the costs of keeping the building open and temperature-controlled, the cost of promoting the show, or printing the program. For those things and many more, donations are essential to our efforts.
Our vision is to be the heart
of a vibrant and diverse arts community
In addition to welcoming artists from all over the world, the Bankhead is dedicated to supporting artistic talents within the community. Resident companies such as Valley Dance Theatre, Livermore-Amador Symphony, Livermore Valley Opera, Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre, Del Valle Fine Arts, Pacific Chamber Orchestra, and the Rae Dorough Speaker Series, all receive discounts on rental, production and marketing fees.
Sharing the excitement of the arts with our young people is a key priority and, in addition to arts outreach in the schools and free cultural arts events, we offer subsidized student ticket prices for nearly every show.
Programs at the Bothwell Arts Center for children, as well as adults, keeps the visual arts alive in our community. The Bothwell also serves as an arts incubator, offering affordable studio, rehearsal and small performance space for local artists.
Maintaining all this is a complex task and requires not only a dedicated staff and hardworking volunteers, but a constant stream of generosity on the part of individuals, businesses and foundations. And every gift counts. In 2015, we met our fundraising target by just under $100. If even one donor had chosen not to give, we’d have missed our goal.
Whatever we have to do behind the scenes, it’s all worthwhile when the curtain rises, the lights come up, and you have a chance to sit back and be thrilled, enchanted and energized by what you see on stage.
Want to help? If you enjoy the arts and appreciate the role we play in the community,
please consider making a donation, gifting securities,
or leaving a legacy gift to the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center.
Donate online here or contact the development office at 925-583-2305 for more information.
photo by Jennie McGregor
US NAVY SEA CHANTERS
February 27 at 7:30pm
Throughout the year, Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center offers a range of arts experience to the community through free concerts, art exhibits and cultural events. For the past two years, the Livermore-Amador Symphony and dancers from Valley Dance Theatre have participated in a free holiday concert in early December. This year, the Bankhead Theater will host the US Navy Sea Chanters in a free concert on Tuesday evening, February 27 at 7:30 pm. The Navy Band Sea Chanters is the United States Navy’s official chorus. The ensemble performs a variety of music ranging from traditional choral music, including sea chanteys and patriotic fare, to opera, Broadway, and contemporary music. Watch the US Navy Sea Chanters in Concert here and don’t miss this opportunity to see them live in Livermore!
CONCERT IS FREE BUT TICKETS ARE REQUIRED
Please arrive early. Open seats will be released to the wait list at 7:15 pm
Event is sold out — to be added to the wait list click here
MORE ABOUT THE SEA CHANTERS
Under the leadership of Senior Chief Musician Adam Tyler, the Sea Chanters perform for the public throughout the United States. At home in Washington, they perform for the president, vice president and numerous congressional, military and foreign dignitaries. In 1956, Lt. Harold Fultz, then the band’s assistant leader, organized a group from the Navy School of Music to sing chanteys and patriotic songs for the State of the Nation dinner. An immediate success, Adm. Arleigh Burke, then chief of naval operations, transferred them to the Navy Band, named them the Sea Chanters and tasked this all-male chorus with perpetuating the songs of the sea. In 1980, the group added women to their ranks and expanded their repertoire to include everything from Brahms to Broadway.
The Sea Chanters are frequently found at the center of our most important national events, including inauguration day in 2009. They have played a vital role in comforting the nation in times of mourning, including appearances at memorials for the astronauts of the space shuttle Columbia and the presidential wreath laying ceremony at the United Airlines flight 93 crash site in Shanksville, Pa. Their performance of “Amazing Grace” for the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance at the National Cathedral in Washington after the events of 9/11 inspired all in attendance as well as a national television audience. In 2004, the chorus participated in former President Reagan’s funeral at the National Cathedral, and in 2007 performed in the U.S. Capitol’s rotunda as former President Ford was lying in state. The chorus was instrumental in the dedication ceremonies of the World War II memorials in Bedford, Va., and in Washington. In 1994, they provided music at the funeral of former President Nixon in Yorba Linda, Calif., and the interment of former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis at Arlington National Cemetery.
They have appeared at the Kennedy Center Honors and with the National Symphony Orchestra for the nationally telecast “National Memorial Day Concerts” at the U.S. Capitol. In addition the group has appeared on “Larry King Live” and “CBS This Morning” as well as at the premier of the movie “Pearl Harbor.” In 2008, the Sea Chanters performed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir under the direction of Mack Wilburg. Noted choral directors Dale Warland, and Donald Neuen have guest conducted the ensemble, and renowned composers Michael McCarthy, Roger Bourland, William MacDuff and Lloyd Pfautsch have written works especially for them. Other notable orchestral appearances include the Kansas City Symphony, the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. The Sea Chanters have enjoyed a great reputation performing with such stars as Perry Como, Marian Anderson, Kenny Rogers and Lionel Richie.
Throughout their history, the Sea Chanters have remained true to the Navy’s watchwords of pride and professionalism, and they continue to flourish as a vibrant ensemble.
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For the second year, Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is teaming with the Livermore Valley Unified School District to offer STEAM Fest, for students in grades K-10 linking Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics curriculum in fun and engaging ways. The event includes a variety of workshops covering topics from robotics to the science of drawing. Held this year at Marylin Avenue Elementary School, STEAM Fest is open to the community. Cost is $15 per student per session.
Six hands-on sessions featuring state-of-the-art technology will be offered with such intriguing titles as “Defeat the Zombie with Java” and “Star Wars: The Program Awakens,” which uses the Tickle App on Apple iPhones. Other workshops cover the science of drawing, circuit art, NAO Robots, and Python.
“Art, the ‘A’ in STEAM, is a vital element in providing a holistic curriculum for students in the 21st century and beyond,” said Kiran Guleria, Education Program Manager for LVPAC. “STEAM programs are changing the landscape of the classroom for today’s students. It has always been part of LVPAC’s mission to share the arts with students in our community and to help connect the element of artistic creativity to the rest of their learning experience. STEAM Fest is one of the many ways we do that throughout the year.”
The two-hour STEAM Fest workshops will be led by teachers from Devoxx4Kids whose founder, Arun Gupta, is especially enthusiastic about partnering with LVPAC for this event. Gupta echoes Guleria’s comments, “These workshops expose students to the choices available in the field of technology and can spark an interest, inspiring them to pursue a career in this field. It is our passion at Devoxx4Kids to keep the Bay Area competitive by getting the next generation ready to be producers than just consumers of technology.”
Produced by LVPAC with support from LVUSD, the event has also received a generous grant from the Hindu Community and Cultural Center, Shiva Hindu Temple, as well as a sponsorship from Trivalleycoderdojo to provide use of laptop computers and other technology for use during workshops.
Circuit Art – Recommended for students in grades K – 3
This session is about having fun with play dough while learning about electricity and circuits. Students will create items using play dough, batteries, LEDs, and more. Simpler creations will be controlled by the open source micro-controller, Arduino.
Star Wars: The Programmer Awakens – Recommended for students in grades 3 – 5
Students will be using block-based programming on the mobile app Tickle to program a droid that looks like BB-8 from Star Wars. Using control structures, variables, and operators, students will program the BB-8 droid to explore, run from storm troopers, and infiltrate a base. Students are engaged with programming while having fun.
Science of Drawing Art – Recommended for students in grades 3 – 8
Student will gain knowledge, skills, and understanding to enhance the artistic process through drawing. They will learn the proportions and features of the head, how to render features, and have fun learning how to draw them.
Defeat the Zombies with Java – Recommended for students in grades 4 – 8
Evil zombies have taken over the planet. Participants are one of the last survivors and need to retake the planet. Working with the other zombie exterminators in the lab, students will fight off the zombies using a Raspberry Pi, touchscreen, Java, and some Oracle Clouds.
Introduction to Python Programming for Kids – Recommended for students in grades 5 – 9
Python is a highly readable computer programming language and experts believe maybe good way to educate kids about programming as first language. Students will write simple and fun programs using Python 3.6.3+ and PyCharm, and run programs with input/output statements, and logical conditional statements. Participants are students who want to explore the world of programming and learn to write fun, simple programs.
Taking Control of a NAO Robot – Recommended for students in grades 6 – 10
NAO is a 58-cm tall, fully programmable, humanoid robot. More than 10,000 copies are already in use worldwide, in laboratories, universities and high schools. In this session, we’ll introduce students to the robot and them to create an application from scratch using our native software Choregraphe, interface and drag-and-drop system.
For more information or to register for STEAM Fest, visit lvpac.org or contact Kiran Guleria at email@example.com or at 925-583-2312. Cost is $15 per session, a limited number of scholarships are available to qualifying students.
Cost $15 per session
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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.
This is quite difficult for me to write for many reasons. I enjoy life in Livermore. Since arriving two years ago, I have found the community very warm and welcoming. However, there have been a few instances when folks have said things that were prejudiced, among them statements that were unapologetically anti-Semitic and others more coded but nonetheless, anti-Semitic. I find this extremely unsettling.
On Wednesday, someone from this community decided to make a statement on the Menorah that is located in front of the Bankhead Theater. The Menorah has been placed there annually by Chabad of the Tri-Valley to honor the holy days of Hanukkah. Vandals placed a barbed wire wreath on top and a white shroud around the center candle. This was not a silly prank, it was a deliberate act of hatred.
Unfortunately, acts like these have become far too common nationwide. As the heart of our artistic community, Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center will work to shine a light on all types of prejudice– racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, misogyny, xenophobia and homophobia. LVPAC is open to all and we serve the whole community. Just like the Menorah we will continue to burn brightly through the night and the days ahead. With the beauty of art, we hope to not only share the joy that can be found in the world, but change the hearts and minds of people who instead spread the darkness of hate.