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Become a Member Today!

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Whether this is your first time here or you’re a regular attendee, you’ll find that the Bankhead Theater is more than just a performance venue. This is the place to gather with friends, enjoy curated art exhibits, discover entertainment from around the globe, and share a love for the arts with others. Our goal is to provide a wealth of varied arts experiences for everyone in the Tri-Valley community and beyond.

The Benefits of Membership

As a member, your donations directly support our efforts in every way. The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit. We are not owned or operated by the city, so we do not receive ongoing local government support. Many people don’t realize that our ticket sales at the Bankhead cover only a portion of artist fees and production costs.  As a non-profit, we are dependent on the generosity of our members. Your membership not only helps bring quality entertainment to the Bankhead, it also supports arts education outreach to local schools and across our diverse community. Just last year, nearly 11,000 students benefited from more than 30 master classes, concerts, and assemblies provided by our artists and resident companies. Membership also helps provide local artists with affordable classroom and studio space at the Bothwell Arts Center.

With a variety of incredible performances scheduled for the fall and winter, there’s no better time to discover all that we have to offer than right now. In addition to knowing that they have made a difference in the arts, members also receive benefits such as a 10 percent ticket discount to LVPAC Presents shows all year long. Members will enjoy early notification of new shows, priority ticket purchase, as well as exclusive member events and access to the VIP room at higher levels.

Matching Gifts

Please help us bridge the financial gap not covered by ticket sales with an investment in LVPAC. Thanks to the combination of tax-deductible gifts from foundations, corporations, and individuals like you, we can continue to bring high-quality products and education programs to the entire community. One way to increase the impact of your donation is to have your employer match it. There are plenty of companies out there that will double or triple individual tax-deductible contributions made by their employees. These Matching Gifts programs may also be available to retired employees and to the spouse/widow/widower of employees. Some companies also match volunteer hours with a cash equivalent donation. Click HERE for a partial list of companies that match donations. For additional information about Matching Gifts and how they work, talk with your human resources department.

Legacy Giving

Some donors choose to leave a legacy gift to the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center in support of our efforts to share the arts in the community. If you would be interested in making such a gift to benefit future generations, please contact our development office at (925) 583-2305

Our development staff is dedicated to providing members with personal customer service and to help fulfill your charitable goals. Give our development team a call at (925) 583-2305 or join online by clicking HERE.

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About the Bankhead Theater

The intimate 507-seat venue is an acoustic jewel, located in the center of our downtown arts community. For more than a decade, the Bankhead Theater has welcomed a wide range of artists and audiences, bringing them together to share the rich experience of live performance. What makes the Bankhead such a jewel? It offers a rich environment for growth on both sides of the footlights, artists of all genres have commented on its unmatched acoustics and the pleasure of performing within its intimate walls. As a member, enjoy the wonder of the Bankhead on a regular basis.

Upcoming Events

As mentioned above, there isn’t a better time than now to become a LVPAC member. Here are just a few of the upcoming theater and live music performances to look forward to at the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center:

December

  • Late Night Catechism “Sister’s Christmas Catechism” – Friday, December 1
  • The Hot Sardines – Monday, December 11
  • An Irish Christmas – Thursday, December 21
  • Olate Dogs – Saturday, December 23
  • New Year’s Eve at the Bankhead – Sunday, January 31

January

  • Dave Coulier – Friday, January 5
  • Richard Glazier “He’s Playing Our Song” with Karen Marguth – Saturday, January 6
  • Marc Cohn & Blind Boys of Alabama – Friday, January 19
  • Five for Fighting with String Quartet – Wednesday, January 24
  • Vicki Lawrence and Mama – Friday, January 26

February

  • Moscow Festival Ballet: Cinderella – Tuesday, February 6
  • Reduced Shakespeare “William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play” – Friday, February 9
  • DLux Puppets: Alice in Wonderland – Sunday February 11
  • Second City – Friday, February 16
  • Lee Ann Womack – Monday, February 19
  • International Guitar Night – Friday, February 23
  • Jake Shimabukuro – Sunday February 25

See the entire list of upcoming events here and start enjoying the arts the way you’ve always wanted! Become a member today.

Celebrate Chinese New Year with LVPAC

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While some popular U.S. holidays are just around the corner, so too is the Chinese New Year. Also known as the “Spring Festival” in modern China, the day is celebrated at the beginning of Chinese calendar. Maybe you remember that 2017 was the year of the Rooster. In 2018, however, the year of the Dog will be initiated Friday, February 16th. Keep reading to learn more about the Chinese New Year and how you can celebrate with the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center.

Chinese New Year History

Long ago, the New Year festival served as a time to honor deities and ancestors. Legend has it that things all started with a mythical beast called the Nian. This beast was known for eating villagers, especially children. Then one year, all the villagers except one decided to hide from Nian. It turned out that one was an old man wanting to seek revenge on the beast. So he went out and put red papers out and set off firecrackers. The following day, the villagers came back to see their town had not been destroyed like was usually the case. They came to realize that Nian was afraid of the color red and loud noises. Thanks to the old man, a tradition began. Whenever the New Year was about to come, the villagers would wear red clothes, hang red lanterns, and red spring scrolls on windows and doors. Not to mention, everyone used firecrackers to frighten away Nian. Never again did the beast wreak havoc in the village. In fact, he was eventually captured by an ancient Taoist monk named Hongjun Laozu.

Preceding Days

Each day of the Chinese New Year brings something different. That said, Chinese families place great importance on the days immediately before the celebration. For example, they usually give their homes a thorough cleaning. It’s believed the cleaning literally sweeps away the bad luck of the previous year and makes their homes ready to receive good luck. Brooms and dustpans are then put away on the first day of the New Year so that newly arrived good luck can’t be swept away by mistake. The days before aren’t just intended for cleaning, though. Purchasing new shoes and clothing symbolize a fresh start. Interestingly, haircuts must be completed beforehand, as cutting hair on New Year is thought to bring bad luck. Lastly, businesses are expected to pay off outstanding debt from the previous year.

Let’s look at the rest of the festivities:

  1. New Year’s Eve – The annual Reunion dinner is the biggest part of any Chinese New Year’s Eve. The meal is comparable to Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner.
  2. First day – Those celebrating use the first day to honor one’s elders, while families visit the oldest and most senior members.
  3. Second day – Traditionally, the second day was reserved for married daughters being given a chance to visit their birth parents, relatives, and close friends.
  4. Third day – Day three is considered an unlucky day to host guests or go visiting for that matter. Those celebrating use the third day as a chance to visit the temple of the God of Wealth and have one’s future told.
  5. Fourth day – For those who celebrate Chinese New Year, this is when spring dinners begin and businesses return to normal.

LVPAC’s Chinese New Year Celebration

The Chinese New Year may still be a few months away, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be excited about it! As with our other cultural arts programs, you can expect the event we hold to include plenty of music, dancing, food, crafts, clothing, and other traditions. Be sure to come back to the website for additional details as we get closer to February 16th.

Performing Arts Education Outreach

Arts education is a big part of what we do at the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center. Our ultimate goal is for every student in the area to experience the arts on a regular basis. It’s why we offer many fun educational activities and free monthly family events. We even put on workshops and master classes with visiting artists. Keep in mind that portions of our activities and cultural arts programs, in particular, are underwritten through generous contributions and matching gifts to our education fund.

Now is the perfect time to become a member of our performing arts center. From theatre performances to live music, we have something the whole family will love.

Lee Ann Womack

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All the Trouble Tour

Feb 19, 2018 at 7:30pm

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Called one of country music’s finest voices, Lee Ann Womack has sung music from across the breadth of the genre. Her self-titled debut album in 1997 led to her being named Top New Female Vocalist at the American Country Music Awards and the soaring success of her cross-over hit single “I Hope You Dance” sent her to the top of the charts. She now returns to the traditional country roots of her East Texas upbringing with her just released album, “The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone,” a breathtaking hybrid of country, soul, gospel and blues, that reflects the true power of Womack’s heart, voice and spirit.

In a career-spanning profile of Lee Ann’s work, The New York Times called her “one of her generation’s most acclaimed vocalists,” saying the record embodies “the most delicate and desperate extremes of melancholy inscribing countrypolitan and torchy pop arrangements with sighing silences, and launching into anguished, note-bending runs during the roiling, down-home numbers. The liberal use of reverb, particularly on the steel guitar and her voice, has a haunting effect.” Read the full feature here.

To accompany the new album, Lee Ann has announced over 30 additional full-band headlining dates including one at the Bankhead. She’ll be accompanied by some of Nashville’s best musicians, with Jonathan Trebing (guitar), Lex Price (bass), Dave Dunseath (drums), Justin Schipper (pedal steel) and Luke Bulla (fiddle) rounding out her touring band.

For more on how ‘The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone’ came to life, watch this mini documentary produced by Live Nation’s Homecoming series here.

Produced by her husband Frank Liddell (2017 ACM Album of the Year winning producer for Miranda Lambert’s ‘The Weight of These Wings’) and largely recorded at the legendary SugarHill Studios in Houston, TX, ‘The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone’ features more Lee Ann Womack co-writes than all her previous albums combined, making it her most personal collection to date.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see
LEE ANN WOMACK
in the intimate Bankhead Theater!

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Event Preview: Manhattan Transfer

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Celebrating their 45th anniversary, The Manhattan Transfer continues to set the standard as one of the world’s greatest and most innovative vocal groups. Through the decades, the group maintains their sleek harmonies and distinctive sound. Their tight quartet of voices gives a modern twist to music from jazz standards to boogie-woogie and the blues. When talking about The Manhattan Transfer, you can’t help but mention their renditions of “Route 66” and “Why Not!” that won them Grammy Awards in consecutive years during the early 1980s. Those weren’t their only accolades, though. In fact, those two Grammys turned into 10, including one for the megahit “Boy from New York City.” The group has appeared with a range of notable artists, from Tony Bennett and Frankie Valli to Smokey Robinson and James Taylor. Even after losing founder Tim Hauser in 2014, The Manhattan Transfer continues to build on his legacy. In 2017, they’re looking forward to recording their 30th album.

Meet The Manhattan Transfer

Trist Curless (bass) – The newest member of the group, Trist is no stranger to vocal harmonies. As mentioned on the official Manhattan Transfer website, he co-founded the pop-jazz vocal group m-pact. Not to mention, Trist has performed in festivals and concert halls around the world. He continues to write, arrange, and produce many of the group’s songs. Outside of his time with the Manhattan Transfer, Trist teaches private voice lessons and participates as a clinician and adjudicator in clinics and festivals around the world.

Janis Siegel (alto) – Janis’ unmistakable voice and The Manhattan Transfer go hand in hand. She sang lead on hits such as “Operator,” “Twilight Zone,” and “Birdland,” among others. Janis even gained a reputation as a vocal arranger by writing seven charts for the group’s Grammy-winning album “Brasil.” In 1999, Janis and her Manhattan Transfer colleagues were among the first class of inductees into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. Along with team member Alan Paul, Janis represented America in 2012 as teachers and judges for the first online singing competition in China. Janis released her 10th solo CD on Palmetto Records, which includes two solo collaborations called “Honey & Air” and “Some Other Time.”

Alan Paul (tenor) – One of the group’s founding members, Alan is an eight-time Grammy Award recipient. Alan had an early start in the spotlight as he was cast in the original Broadway production of Grease when he created the roles of Teen Angel and Johnny Casino. It was during his performance in Grease where Alan met The Manhattan Transfer. In addition to being an integral part of the group, Alan has recorded two solo albums called “Another Place in Time” and “Shu Bop.” His most recent record, “Shu Bop” pays tribute to classic doo-wop and popular music from the 1950s and 60s. When Alan isn’t touring with The Manhattan Transfer, he enjoys teaching voice and leading vocal jazz masterclasses for aspiring singers.  

Cheryl Bentyne (soprano) – The daughter of a band leader, Cheryl had roots in classic jazz and swing from the beginning. Cheryl graduated from high school early to move to Seattle and join The New Deal Rhythm Band. After four years on the road with the group, Cheryl moved to Los Angeles, where she sang regularly at the Troubadour’s “Hoot Nights” at the Bla Bla Cafe in Studio City. The rest is history after Cheryl was asked if she wanted to audition for The Manhattan Transfer. In addition to the Grammy Awards won with The Manhattan Transfer, she also won a shared Grammy for a vocal experiment known as “Another Night in Tunisia.” Cheryl’s voice has appeared in numerous films including Mortal thoughts, A Dangerous Woman, and Dick Tracy.   

The Performance

The Manhattan Transfer is set to appear at the Bankhead Theater Saturday, November 11th at 8 p.m. Ticket prices range from $50-$100. The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is proud to offer student and active military prices for all performances. Buy your tickets today, as this event is expected to sell out quickly! Don’t miss out on the chance to see this special performance from such a storied group. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call the box office.

Check out our events calendar for other upcoming performances.

Event Preview: OK Go

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You remember their pop hits like it was yesterday. But now you have the chance to see them in person at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore. The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is thrilled to welcome OK Go for what should be a memorable evening.

A History of OK Go

Originally from Chicago, this American rock band formed in 1998. Music buffs often wonder how the group came up with the name. It actually stems from an art teacher of the band members saying, “OK…Go!” while they were drawing. The band started to gain traction when they self-released two EPs, titled “Brown EP” in 2000 and “Pink EP” in 2001. That year, they signed to Capitol Records. In 2002, the band released its debut album, called “OK Go.” The album was highlighted by the first single “Get Over It,” which later appeared in several sports video games. The band’s first album reached number one in the U.S. on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and got as high as #107 on the Billboard 200 Chart. Not to mention, the “Get Over It” video was named video of the week by Q Magazine.

OK Go released its second album in August 2005. “Oh No” skyrocketed in popularity thanks to its first single “A Million Ways.” By August 2006, the video became the most downloaded music video ever with over 9 million downloads. Group guitarist Andy Ross invented, designed, and programmed a web application which allowed people to hear the single and share it with friends in exchange for free downloads from iTunes.

Following the release of the “Here It Goes Again” video, OK Go released a deluxe DVD version of the album. It contains a documentary on the making of the album, the four official Capitol Records videos, as well as a number of never-before-seen band appearances.

In October 2008, the band released its third album, titled “Of the Blue Colour of the Sky.” The band members explained that these songs are the “danciest, most anthemic, most heartbroken, and honest songs” of their career. Furthermore, the album takes a more funky, yet melancholy sound to it, drawing influence from Prince.

Hungry Ghosts, the group’s fourth studio album, was released in May 2014. The album’s first single “The Writing’s on the Wall” was released about a month later, accompanied by a music video that reached well over one million views within a day.

Even today, no other band has been more wildly inventive or had more fun along the way to success. From their first viral hit with coordinated treadmills of “Here It Goes Again,” to their most recent paintball-exploding “The One Moment,” the group’s visuals are as engaging and infectious as their music itself. It’s safe to say that since they reached Los Angeles in the early 1990s, members Damian Kulash, Tim Nordwind, Dan Konopka, and Andy Ross have taken an approach that’s been incredibly beneficial for the entertainment industry as a whole. The infectious beat of their songs and their limitless musical creativity have reached millions through their viral videos and collaborations with dance companies, technology innovators, and The Muppets.

About the Bankhead Theater

If you’ve never been to the Bankhead Theater, now’s the time! This 507-seat venue has welcomed countless artists and audiences, bringing them together to share the rich experience of live performance. Whether it’s theatre, live music, comedy, or something different, the Bankhead is certain to engage, entertain, and inspire audiences of all ages. The Bankhead isn’t your average performing arts venue. Rather, it provides an intimate venue for audiences and artists alike.  It’s no wonder the Grammy Award-winning vocal group Chanticleer has praised the Bankhead for its perfect acoustics. Whether seated in the darkened theater, waiting backstage for an entrance cue or enjoying a show outside, everyone comes together here to share in the power of live performances.  

The Performance

LVPAC is set to host “OK Go” Friday, November 3rd at 8 p.m. Ticket prices range from $50-$100. Please note that we offer student and active military prices for all performances. This event is expected to sell out quickly, so be sure to book your tickets as soon as possible.

Event Preview: African Guitar Summit

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The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center welcomes African Guitar Summit for an evening of incredible music and fun. This group of Canadian musicians, all of African origin, perform traditional songs from their native countries. African Guitar Summit features nine members: Alpha Yaya Diallo, Naby Camara, Pa Joe, Theo Yaw Boakye, Kofi Ackah, Adam Solomon, Mighty Popo, Donne Robert, and Madagascar Slim.

How They Got Started

The group was formed in Toronto as part of a performance project for CBC Radio’s program called On State. Alpha and Naby were musicians from Guinea on balafon. Meanwhile, Pa (guitarist), Theo (singer), and Kofi (drummer) represented Ghana. Musicians also came from Kenya, Burundi/Rwanda, and Madagascar. For three days, the group shared stories and experiences in addition to rehearsing. The group debuted on the fourth day in a concert at Glenn Gould Studio. For the rest of the week, the musicians recorded their self-titled CD. Believe it or not, the group recorded everything live off the floor, in just one or two takes.

In November 2004, African Guitar Summit was released on CBC Records. It wasn’t long before others noticed how special these musicians really were. African Guitar Summit took home the Juno Award for World Music Album of the Year. About five months later, the group performed an arrangement of Mwembo at the Juno Awards Gala in Winnipeg. African Guitar Summit has since toured across Canada, including a performance at the Live 8 concert near Toronto.

Their Music Style

Now featuring three award-winning guitarists from Canada, African Guitar Summit delivers an infectious style of music full of the rich flavors of native Africa. Backed by a mix of bass and percussion, the group unites their hands and voices to create nothing short of musical magic. It doesn’t take long to appreciate the work of this group. Coming from distinct backgrounds, each member is inspired by the person next to them. When they combine their musical ability with a variety of culture/language differences, the result is amazing. Simply put, African Guitar Summit continues to reach new heights with their performances.

The smooth fire of Alpha joins the quicksilver guitars and harmonies of Donne and Madagascar. The rhythmic talents of drummer Kofi are accompanied by electric bass and balafon played by Naby. African Guitar Summit continues to captivate audiences by sharing their unique sound and energetic style with enthusiastic audiences across North America.

Upcoming Holiday Events at Our Performing Arts Center

It’s never too early to start thinking about family fun around the holidays. At LVPAC, we have a number of musical shows, theater performances, and other events that are perfect for all ages! Here’s just a sampling of what’s on tap the next few months:

  • Handel’s Glorious Messiah – Sunday, November 25th at 2 p.m.   
  • Late Night Catechism “Sister’s Christmas Catechism” – Friday, December 1st at 8 p.m.
  • The Nutcracker – Saturday, December 9th at 2 and 7 p.m.; Sunday, December 10th at 2 p.m.; Friday, December 15th at 7 p.m.; Saturday, December 16th at 2 and 7 p.m.; Sunday, December 17th at 2 and 7 p.m.
  • An Irish Christmas – Thursday, December 21st at 7:30 p.m.
  • New Year’s Eve at the Bankhead – Sunday, December 31st at 8 p.m.

Stay tuned for event previews and ticket info for each!   

About the Bankhead Theater

For more than a decade, the Bankhead Theater has been home to a diverse range of artists and audiences. We are thrilled to welcome in musicians of all genres, from western swing and classic rock to smooth jazz and world music. Not only that, we also put on dance performance, acrobatics, opera shows, and comedy shows. Artists absolutely rave about the rich environment provided by the Bankhead. With its perfect acoustics, the Bankhead makes for an intimate venue for both audience members and musicians alike.

Every day, the mission of LVPAC is to offer a broad range of arts opportunities and experiences to engage our community. There’s no doubt that the Bankhead plays a significant role in that effort.

The Performance

LVPAC hosts African Guitar Summit Thursday, November 2nd at the Bankhead Theater. Seats are just $40, so be sure to select your seats today!

Interview: Joan Osborne

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In a compelling new interview with writer Lou Fancher of the East Bay Timessinger/songwriter Joan Osborne explains what inspires her about Bob Dylan’s music and how it expands her perspective and influences her music. 

“When you’re doing any covering of other people’s material, your job is to bring out something that hasn’t been discovered yet. When you have an artist of the depth and richness of Bob Dylan, you tend to go to emotional terrains that you haven’t gone to in your own work,” she said.

Because she “cut her teeth” as a singer in part by performing from early on Dylan’s folk-based, American idiom-filled work, Osborne didn’t actually discover new technical aspects to her voice while working on the project. But with years of singing, the 55-year-old says a deep richness and new textures she calls “seasoning” have appeared.

An exceptional songwriter herself, Osborne’s take on Dylan’s songs become a rich collaboration. 

Because her voice and Dylan’s are worlds apart, Osborne never pursued imitation while adapting the songs. “The point was to take the song, divorce it from Dylan’s interpretation, view it as chord progressions, the melody, the lyrics, and do it again from scratch. In that way, it really was about finding the material I loved and connecting that with my voice in a way that the song and my voice blossom.”

——> Read the rest of Lou Fancher’s interview with Joan Osborne here

Then buy tickets to hear Joan’s take on Dylan’s songs in the intimate setting of Livermore’s Bankhead Theater.

Joan Osborne sings Songs of Bob Dylan

Opening Act: Will Champlin

Friday, October 27 at 8 p.m.

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Five for Fighting
with String Quartet

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Backed by a string quartet,
Five for Fighting will be at the Bankhead
Thursday, January 25!

Never has the phrase “he shoots, he scores” been more applicable than when mentioning rabid hockey fan and chart-topping singer/songwriter John Ondrasik. The Los Angeles native, who goes by Five for Fighting (a five-minute penalty for on-the-ice fisticuffs), burst on the scene some 15 years ago with his Grammy Award-nominated hit “Superman (It’s Not Easy),” and has been a mainstay on mainstream radio ever since. While he doesn’t wear tights and fight crime as his breakthrough track “Superman” suggests, his songs could bring any maniacal villain to their knees (and tears) with his poignantly sharp songs that cut deeper than a Ginsu knife.

Ondrasik signed his first deal in 1997 with “Message For Albert,” but it was his follow-up “American Town” that really took flight for Fighting. The aforementioned “Superman (It’s Not Easy)” went Platinum (as did the album), was #1 on Adult Top 40, #2 on Hot AC, and in the Top 40 Top 10. The song actually hit the airwaves, and reached #1 the same week his daughter Olivia was born. Not too shabby as Adam Sandler once said. Adding more fuel to the emotional fire, the mega-hit served as sort of an unofficial anthem following the 9.11 attacks on American soil. Naturally, he performed it at The Concert For New York City.

In his career, Ondrasik has sold over 2.5 million albums including 2004’s “Battle for Everything,” which spawned the 2X platinum “100 Years,” which continues to melt hearts, provide all ages with an instant case of nostalgia. Other hits have included “The Riddle,” “World,” “Chances” and “What If.” His music has been featured in 350 films, TV shows and advertisements ranging from the “The Blind Side” to “Hawaii Five-O.” He has also written tunes for everyone from Josh Groban to The Backstreet Boys.

Yet, there’s more to Ondrasik than the music and it’s far more important to him and countless others. “Music is the great healer as well as being a unique vehicle in raising awareness and funds for important causes,” he explains. Ondrasik has given away a million copies of a five-volume compilation album (featuring himself and other artists) he created for United States troops. He has also performed regularly for the USO.

Additionally, www.whatkindofworlddoyouwant.com was created off of his song “World,” in which fans uploaded videos showing their respective interpretations of a better world. That initiative raised more than $250,000 for five designated charities: Augie’s Quest, Autism Speaks, Fisher House Foundation, Save the Children and Operation Homefront.

Ondrasik is a featured speaker from Ted Talks to the Salk Institute. He’s also presented at various private and corporate events. He’s also graced The Kennedy Center stage, performed for world leaders and presidents, and contributed special performance for NASA to commemorate the conclusion of the Space Shuttle Mission.

When not writing killer tunes, Ondrasik is putting pen to paper for his other passion: sports. The avid Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings fan has been a sports commentator for SI.com, the Kings, and a guest on everything from Jim Rome to ESPN SportsCenter, the latter of which he became the first “band” to appear and perform.

“I recognize the immature shallowness of the adult sports fan obsession, but I’ve always had it. Lakers as a kid, UCLA, Kings etc…Many folks use music as their escape, I imagine sports as mine. Writing is a kick as I’ve always had a fantasy to be a sports reporter/writer,” he says gleefully.

As he explores the possibility of a Broadway show featuring his tunes, he’s currently on the road (not literally) performing songs as a quartet (Five for Fighting literally) and with symphonies around the country. “The symphony and quartet shows have been fantastic,” he said. “I’ve had the honor of working with some world class arrangers in my career. To present the more ambitious songs, as well as the popular tunes, in this format has refueled my passion for performing.”

…And making new music. Ondrasik’s “What If” hit the Hot AC charts and was chosen by Richard Branson (sorry, Sir Richard Branson) as the soundtrack for his non-profit Virgin Unite. And his most recent song “All for One” was penned for the 100th episode of Hawaii Five-O. Ondrasik is currently working on the follow-up to his sixth album, “Bookmarks.”

Looking ahead while looking back, the one-man Fighting army, said, “I have been blessed to have loving and supportive parents, an amazing wife and partner, and two great kids. Family is crucial to any career, keeps the ups and downs, down and up.”

Don’t miss this unique performance in the intimate Bankhead Theater!

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The Benefits of Arts Education

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Now that school is back in session, it’s a good idea to think about how to help your child get a leg up in the classroom. One way is through a strong arts education. The performing arts not only enrich our lives, culture, and communities, but they are also vital to a young person’s education. Research shows that exposure to art education promotes self-directed learning, improves school attendance, and sharpens critical and creative skills. Those with an interest in the arts also have an easier time in classes such as reading, math, and social studies. In this blog post, we will dive more into the benefits of arts education and the educational outreach programs of the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center.

Why Should Children Take in the Performing Arts?

Some parents believe that since their children are doing well in the classroom, they don’t need to do anything more to stimulate academic development. But that just isn’t the case. The knowledge that stems from the arts can’t be replicated in a normal classroom setting. With that in mind, here are some key benefits of an arts education:

  • Higher scores on achievement tests – Students with high arts involvement tend to perform better on standardized achievement tests in comparison to students with low arts involvement, according to research. Keep in mind that those who branch out to the arts watch fewer hours of television, participate in more community service, and report less boredom in school.
  • Improved cognition skills and attention for learning – Young students who are motivated in the arts develop attention skills and memory retrieval that also apply to other subject areas.
  • Development of skills highly valued by employers – More than ever before, employers are looking for traits of innovation and creativity in job candidates. Organizations value those who can think critically, solve a problem, work as a team, and come up with an out-of-the-box solution when necessary. It’s not surprising that arts education can help build each of these skills.

How the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is Helping

The goal at LVPAC is to ensure that every student in the Tri-Valley is given the chance to experience the arts each year through a variety of educational activities. LVPAC presents performances at schools, as well as the Bankhead Theater. We also provide free monthly family events as well as workshops and master classes with visiting artists. You can feel comfortable knowing that portions of these activities are underwritten through generous contributions and matching gifts to our education fund.   

How to Contribute

We put a great deal of energy into our educational outreach programs. To learn more about these programs that support school/family performances and students tickets or to donate, please contact our development staff at 925-583-2305.      

Looking for a unique way to contribute to our arts education? We are fortunate to be able to offer a gift box featuring three Gold Medal -winning Livermore Valley wines in the recent San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. The wines are perfectly packed in a natural pine wooden box with the Livermore Arts Bankhead Theater logo. The box includes one bottle each of Cuda Ridge Wines 2013 Malbec, 1846 by Nottingham Cellars 2014 Chardonnay, and Mia Nipote 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon. The proceeds of this one-of-a-kind gift box support the LVPAC Education Fund. Please note that your purchase must be picked up at the Bankhead lobby between noon and 6 p.m.

Theater Etiquette

We love seeing young patrons enjoying our theater and live music performances, especially for the first time! If your child has never been to the arts, here are few rules of etiquette that they must follow:

  • Outside food and beverages are not allowed (including gum).
  • Take care of personal needs in advance so you don’t have to leave your seat until either intermission or the end of the performance.
  • Photography of any kind is prohibited. Please silence any electronic devices prior to the beginning of the show.
  • Please refrain from talking or singing along, except when encouraged to do so by the artist.
  • Please do not put your feet up on the chairs or railing in front of you and do not kick the chair in front of you.
  • Please sit in your assigned seat so you do not cause confusion for other audience members. Should you need further assistance, please consult the nearest usher.

For more information on how you can get your child involved with the arts, feel free to contact LVPAC.

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