Bankhead Theater 2019-2020 Season Brochure

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WELCOME “Take the back roads instead of the highways.” - Minnie Pearl It is always wonderful to be able to take a road trip without leaving town! Our winding path this season takes us to great places – some are new, thrilling and adventurous, others are comfortable and familiar. Whichever you prefer you’ll find them here. We start our trip on Broadway with Matthew Morrison and Livermore-Amador Symphony at the Brilliance at the Bankhead gala fundraiser – what a spectacular way to start the season! And the lights of Broadway reach to the end of the season too with Tony Award-winner Lea Salonga in May. From the lights of Broadway, we’ll travel the world with the authentic Irish sounds of Danú, followed by the klezmer and jazz music of Mostly Kosher, before circling East for Drum Tao, the martial arts of drumming. The sights and sounds of Mexico fill the stage, first to celebrate Dias de los Muertos with Oakland Ballet in Luna Mexicana. Then in the spring Cruzando Fronteras will feature the lively music and dance of Jarabe Mexicano with Ballet Folklorico de Los Angeles. We also take a trip through time. I remember vividly two major events from the summer of 1969 – the Lunar Landing and Woodstock. We will commemorate the Lunar Landing with a special photography art exhibit “Man on the Moon” in July and three space-related films, Star Trek III: The Wrath of Khan, Apollo 13 and the delightful Wall-E. To revisit Woodstock, we welcome The Family Stone, one of the original bands that played at Yasgur’s Farm, and Livermore’s own LunaFish with their own brand of psychedelic rock. Variety is key to our programming and we make sure there is something for everyone – from music by the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Lonestar & Phil Vassar, and Joan Osborne + The Weepies to such amazing spectacles as MOMIX and Cirque Mechanics. Join us on the road to a new season – we hope to see you here often!


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p e r f o r m i n g We offer music of all genres, dance, theater, comedy and other performing arts in an ideal, intimate setting. From world-renowned artists and rising stars, to decades-old resident companies and young student performers, there’s something for everyone to enjoy all year long.

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We focus on sharing a passion for the arts with others of all ages. Whether seeing a show on stage, trying new art techniques, attending a master class, or exploring new innovations and ideas, experiencing art expands the mind and brings people together.

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D L U X P u p p e t s “ P e t e r P a n ” | Sun, June 2

A beloved classic comes to life with remarkable puppetry and clever digital scenery when the magical Peter Pan whisks Wendy off to Neverland in a fun musical adaptation for the whole family.

L e e D e W y z e | Sat, Jun 22

Since winning American Idol in 2010 at age 23, DeWyze’s expressive, roots-driven folk-rock has been featured in popular television shows and films. His sixth album “Paranoia” was released in 2018.

D e r i k N e l s o n & F a m i ly | Fri, Jul 12

The perfectly blended harmonies only siblings can deliver come together on passionate interpretations of both original and cover songs, creating a jazz and folk infused sound that appeals to all ages.

S k l a r B r o t h e r s | Sat, Jul 13

Real-life identical twins make for a post-modern take on the stand-up comedy duo. Writers and actors, they may be best known for their sports/comedy humor on Cheap Seats and “Sklarbro Country.”

J e s s i c a F i c h o t @ t h e B o t h w e l l | Sun, Jul 14

DLUX Puppets “Peter Pan” K EIKO M AT SUI

Celebrate Bastille Day with a touch of Paris! Jessica Fichot builds on her multi-ethnic roots, blending French chanson with gypsy jazz, Chinese swing, international folk, and her own wild imagination.

N e w C h r i s t y M i n s t r e l s | Fri, Jul 26

Back by popular demand with their eternally fresh folk sound, the Minstrels’ lighthearted style, rich harmonies and engaging presence have endeared them to listeners for decades.

D a v i d V i c t o r : H i t s o f B o s t o n a n d M o r e | Fri, Aug 2 Formerly of the multi-platinum band Boston, David Victor and four other lead vocalists bring a blazing hot rock sound to this 100% live performance of the legendary rock hits of Boston and more.

T h e F a m i ly S t o n e | Sat, Aug 10

Rock & Roll Hall of Famers together with a new generation of the Family Stone, deliver infectious high-energy funk and soul on such legendary hits as “Everyday People” and “Dance To The Music.”

K e i k o M a t s u i | Fri, Aug 16

Japanese-born pianist and composer Keiko Matsui transcends boundaries worldwide, blending a rich melting pot of musical influences to create unforgettable, contemporary smooth jazz melodies.

L u n a F i s h & F r i e n d s | Sat, Aug 17

Local favorite Livermore-based LunaFish celebrates the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, reviving the magic and memories with their authentic psychedelic rock sound in this hot summer night of music.



s u m m e r Resident Companies & GUESTS Joseph & the Amazing T e c h n i c o l o r D r e a m c o a t | Jul 20 – Aug 4 Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre

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H a c k i n g D a r w i n | Thu, Jul 25 Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity SPEAKER | Jamie Metzl Rae Dorough Speaker Series

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Lamplighters Music Theatre

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ART in the BANKHEAD Gallery “ M a n o n t h e M o o n ” | Jul 10 – Sep 9 Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing, large format historical photos from NASA and interactive family-friendly activities will convey the magnificence of the first manned mission to the moon.

Summer in Space Family Film Series | All tickets just $5

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S ta r T rek : t he W r at h of K h a n (19 8 2 ) | Wed, Jun 19 A p o l l o 13 (19 9 5 ) | Wed, Jul 10 W a l l- E ( 2 0 0 8 ) | Wed, Aug 7 4

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M at t he w Morris on With Livermore Amador Symphony SAT, SEP 7 Called a “triple threat” for his exceptional singing, dancing and acting talent, Matthew Morrison has been nominated for Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe Awards. Best known for his central role as Mr. Schuester on the award-winning television show “Glee,” he has starred in numerous Broadway shows including the original “Hairspray,” “The Light in the Piazza,” “South Pacific” and “Finding Neverland.”

Glenn Miller Orchestra Sat, Sep 14

Formed in 1938, the Glenn Miller Orchestra took the nation by storm and their hits became the soundtrack of an era. Be enchanted by their glorious swing sound and sleek vocals on such timeless hits as “Moonlight Serenade,” “In the Mood,” “A String of Pearls” and more.

Oakland Ballet Luna Mexicana thu, Oct 17

Spirited dance, lively music and colorful costumes celebrate Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in this festive, family-friendly show. The exhilarating dances includes the return of Viva la Vida!, a unique collaboration between Oakland Ballet and Ballet Folklórico México Danza honoring the life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.


Sat, Oct 19

Graceful athletic dance, magical lighting, riveting music, outrageous costumes, inventive props and pure talent come together in a whimsical, entertaining multimedia experience sure to surprise, enchant and astonish.


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in l i v ermore! San Francisco Comedy Competition 43 rd Annual – Semifinals Fri, Sep 20 Known for launching legends such as Robin Williams, Ellen DeGeneres and Dana Carvey, this fierce comedy competition keeps audiences on the edge of their seats ... until they’re rolling in the aisles with laughter.

Hyprov with Colin Mochrie Fri, Oct 4 Improv and comedy legend Colin Mochrie and master hypnotist Asad Mecci merge two art forms into an original, mind-blowing, jaw-dropping, side-splitting show. With 20 random volunteers from the audience in the hands of two masters, who knows where the unconscious mind might take us?

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Fri, Oct 18 Known for her epigrammatic style, Rita Rudner’s soft-spoken humor, quick one-liners and charming delivery keep audiences laughing with non-stop witty observations on relationships, family and the importance of cleaning ladies.


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Q: Can I suggest an artist I’d like to see? A: Absolutely, send your ideas along to our executive director, Scott Kenison. We can’t make promises but we love to hear what interests you!

Q: Is the Bankhead Theater run by the City of Livermore? A: No, the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is run as an independent 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization.

bankhead presents Todd Snider & Ramblin’ Jack Elliott Fri, Oct 25

Todd Snider has been described as “the closest thing we have to Johnny Cash these days” and Cash himself was known to welcome his “good buddy” Ramblin’ Jack Elliott up on stage. Now the Cash connections line up as Snider and Elliott join up for a rollicking evening of good music and good times.

BoDeans Sat, Nov 2

Those who have followed their 30-year musical career know the BoDean’s compelling songs and high energy performances have kept fans close. Best known for their catchy single, “Closer To Free,” other hits such as “Fadeaway” and “Only Love, helped define a generation. Still true to their sound and style, they show no signs of slowing down.

A spen S a n ta F e B a l l e t Sun, Nov 3

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet cultivates top choreographic talent and creative new ballets, allowing them to showcase their spectacular dance technique in groundbreaking works that project both a European sensibility and an exhilarating American ebullience.

Subdudes Fri, Nov 8

A living encapsulation of American music, the Subdudes offer a vibrant cauldron of sounds that mixes meaty grooves and jazzy dynamics, soulful R&B swagger, easy vocal harmonies, and cheeky rock ‘n’ roll attitude with some of the sharpest musicianship and ensemble playing you’ll ever hear.

V i t a ly : E v e n i n g o f W o n d e r s Sat, Nov 9

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A magical, interactive theatrical experience that blends art and some of the most original illusions ever witnessed. Breathtaking visuals, combined with Vitaly’s captivating style, enchant audiences and inspire them to find beauty and wonder in everyday life.

Q: What if I can’t use my tickets?

Q: Can I buy my tickets online?

Q: Do I need to get a ticket for my child?

A: Tickets are not refundable but under certain circumstances may be exchanged for a fee. You can always donate them and receive a receipt or gift them to someone else who can attend.

A: Yes! Most people do, just be sure it’s from and not a ticket reseller who might charge a much higher price or worse, not issue a valid ticket.

A: Yes. Regardless of age, everyone must have a ticket to enter the theater. Student tickets are offered for most shows. Parents know their children best and can contact the box office to discuss whether a show is age-appropriate. 8

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Mon, Nov 11

Preservation Hall Jazz Band captures all the joyful sounds and timeless traditions of New Orleans. With vocalist Yusa and special guests, their sizzling “A Tuba to Cuba” tour will bring fresh energy to the heart, soul and spirit of this authentic American jazz style.

L o s L o n e ly B o y s Fri, Nov 15

Grammy Award-winning Los Lonely Boys’ infectiously melodic and bluesy “Texican” rock has long endeared them to their fiercely loyal fans. With flawless harmonies and soaring solos, their songs speak to the full range of life’s emotions.

F our I ta l i a n T enor s Sun, Nov 17

Experience the rich culture of Italy with a new generation of world class tenors as they perform favorite operatic arias and beloved Italian songs in their own captivating, passionate and inimitable style.

H a r l e m 10 0 Sat, Nov 23

Created in collaboration with the National Jazz Museum, this joyous celebration of song and dance honors the centennial of the Harlem Renaissance when Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, and Billie Holiday made it the cultural center of the country.

Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience Sun, Nov 24

Delighting audiences with their high energy, this is all-dogs-all-excitement from beginning to end. In a show filled with amazing tricks, big air stunts, comic antics, and athletic feats, these entertaining dancing dogs make it “Dog-gone Fun!”

S O Y O U T H I N K Y O U C A N D A N C E L I V E ! 2 0 19 fri, Nov 29

The Emmy Award-winning show that sparked America’s fascination with dance brings the thrill and excitement from TV to the stage with a showcase of sizzling, one-of-a-kind routines performed by Top 10 finalists and All Stars from the 16th season.


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L one s ta r & Phil Va s s a r “Not So Silent Night” Tour mon, Dec 9

Two of the biggest country acts in recent decades head back out on the road to celebrate the Christmas season. Lonestar and Phil Vassar perform their hit songs such as “Amazed” and “Just Another Day in Paradise,” as well as “Not So Silent Night” which they co-wrote last year.

Danú Emerald Isle Christmas Mon, Dec 16

One of today’s top traditional ensembles, Danú’s high-energy shows are a glorious mix of ancient Irish music and new repertoire, taking audiences on a moving and memorable musical journey to their native Ireland to celebrate the winter holidays.

M o s t ly K o s h e r Mon, Dec 23

Join acclaimed klezmer gypsy-rock band, Mostly Kosher, for the beginning of Chanukah. Described as a musical feast that explodes into a global food-fight of jazz, Latin, rock, and folk, they radically reconstruct Judaic and American cultural music with ravishing klezmer beats and arresting Yiddish refrains.

Ch a rl ie Brow n Chris t m a s L i v e! on S tage Sun, Dec 29

A favorite holiday classic comes to life in a fun stage adaptation of Charles Schulz’s classic Emmy Award- winning animated television special. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the whole Peanuts gang as they learn the true meaning of the season. m o s t ly k o s h e r



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New Year’s Eve with Crawdad Republic Tue, Dec 31

Crawdad Republic returns with their vocally-driven mix of Americana, folk and bluegrass music to kick off a festive New Year’s Eve celebration, followed by complimentary sparkling wine and a delicious dessert buffet in the lobby.

COMMUNITY CELEBRATIONS Bankhead Resident Companies

F R E E H o l i d ay C o n c e r t

Sat, Dec 7

Enjoy a concert featuring Livermore Amador Symphony and Valley Dance Theatre, visit musicians at the instrument petting zoo then head outside for the Downtown Livermore Holiday Parade.

US Air Force Concert Band

F R E E H o l i d ay S h o w Sun, Dec 8

Join in the celebration as the US Air Force Concert Band brings an afternoon of lively band music ranging from traditional holiday songs and popular favorites, to light classics and patriotic selections.

free tickets avail able nov 1, 2019

C e lt i c C h r i s t m a s with Gabe Duffin & Friends @ the Bothwell

Sun, Dec 8

This spirited family-friendly gathering combines music, food and laughter as Gabe Duffin and his band Pog Mo Thoin with special guests provide rich Irish ballads, lively folk tunes, and music of the season.


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bankhead presents Classic Albums Live Abbey Road Fri, Jan 10

In an unforgettable concert experience, Classic Albums Live brings top musicians together to play “Abbey Road” note-for-note, cut-for-cut, exactly the way it sounded the very first time back in 1969.

Philharmonia Baroque The Music of Shakespeare Sat, Jan 11

If music be the food of love, play on! Feast your ears on a banquet of music as Nicholas McGegan conducts the Philharmonia Baroque Chamber Players with soprano Sherezade Panthaki in works by Purcell, Locke, Arne, and more with texts inspired by Shakespeare.

The Choir of Man Mon, Jan 27

It’s a party. It’s a concert. It’s a pint-filled good time set in a real working pub with hair-raising harmonies, high-energy dance, and foot-stomping choreography – the ultimate feel-good show!

A Cappella Live! wed, feb 5

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Experience the excitement of contemporary a cappella as four internationally-recognized, rising star ensembles are united by Deke Sharon, vocal producer of Pitch Perfect and The Sing-Off, to share their greatest hits and fill the stage with sound. Come hear The Filharmonic, Committed, Blake Lewis, and Women of the World.

Cirque Mechanics 42FT A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels Sun, Feb 9

At the center of every circus rests a 42ft ring full of thrills, laughs and excitement. Cirque Mechanics offers a showcase of wonders from a galloping mechanical metal horse to a rotating tent frame for strong men, acrobats and aerialists. Step right up ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, to see inside the magic of 42FT!

Georgia on My Mind C e l e b r a t i n g t h e M u s i c o f R ay C h a r l e s Fri, Feb 14

A stellar cast of award-winning performers celebrates the music of the legendary Ray Charles whose blend of gospel, blues, jazz and country, transcended racism and cultural upheavals, and earned him every musical award on the way to a well-deserved place in the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame.


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Sun, Feb 16

For three decades, Riders In The Sky have kept alive the musical flame passed on by Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, revitalizing the genre by branding it with their own wacky humor and way-out Western wit.

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Exploring diversity in the acoustic guitar world, the 20th Anniversary Tour features the two-handed contemporary style of guest host Mike Dawes of England, joined by German Lopez’ sweet Canary Islands’ timple, jazz virtuoso Olli Soikkeli of Finland and Hawaiian Slack Key master Jim Kimo West.

J a s o n Ly l e B l a c k The Backwards Piano Man Sat, Feb 28

Called “unbelievable!” by Ellen DeGeneres, Jason Lyle Black’s combination of familiar music, comedy, and improv leaves audiences laughing and crying. A Livermore native, his unforgettable concerts are filled with Disney and Broadway classics, songs from The Beatles to AC/DC, and beloved movie themes.

the Second City “ L a u g h i n g f o r A l l t h e W r o n g R e a s o n“sl” Fri, Mar 20

Funny ‘cause it’s true. Look back and laugh. Too soon? The Second City breaks all the comedy rules they made famous in this all-new, all-hilarious revue that will leave you laughing and rethinking everything you thought you knew about what’s funny!

T he Ta p Pack Sat, Mar 28

An elegant nod to the Rat Pack era, the Tap Pack delivers classics with a fresh twist, combining high-energy tap dancing, smooth vocals, a swinging live jazz band and lively on-stage banter. From the first downbeat through a toe-tapping finale, all five deliver old school cool from the new Kings of Swing.

Joan Osborne & The Weepies Sun, Mar 29

Known for a gritty, blues-based rock sound, passionate performance, and evocative songwriting, Joan Osborne’s breakthrough hit “One of Us” took her straight to the top. She will be joined by The Weepies whose distinctive harmonies on such songs as “World Spins Madly On” earned them a forever place in listeners’ hearts.


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Ballet Folklorico de Los Angeles

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bankhead presents Benn y Goodm a n at C a rne gie H a l l Sun, Apr 5

Recapture the magical night in 1938 when Benny Goodman and his legendary band performed at Carnegie Hall. With big band, vocal groups and soloists, this show recaptures the era when “Sing, Sing, Sing,” “One O’Clock Jump” and “Stomping at the Savoy” topped the charts.

Drum TAO Mon, Apr 13

These internationally-acclaimed percussion artists continue to transfix audiences with a modern, high-energy showcase of the ancient Japanese art. Their highly physical, large-scale drumming, contemporary costumes, choreography and visuals create a powerful, unforgettable night of thrills.

Arlo Guthrie Fri, Apr 24

Born with a guitar in one hand and a harmonica in the other, Arlo Guthrie carries on his family’s musical legacy, entertaining generations with his timeless songs and natural storytelling gifts. Joined by his daughter Sarah, Arlo revisits the groundbreaking “Alice’s Restaurant” and music that shaped the 1960s.

the Capitol Steps “ T h e Ly i n ’ K i n g s ” Fri, May 1

Returning for their twelfth visit, The Capitol Steps deliver unique and razor-sharp political satire, a bipartisan skewering of both sides of the Hill that spins off the latest headlines. In today’s political climate, Capitol Steps may be the only ones capable of winning bipartisan support!

Lea Salonga Fri, May 8

Known worldwide for her powerful voice and emotional singing style, Lea Salonga’s dazzling Broadway career includes her Tony Award-winning role in Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, Flower Drum Song, and most recently, Once on This Island. A Disney Legend, Salonga voiced both Princess Jasmine and Mulan.

Jarabe Mexicano f e at uring B a l l e t F ol k l oric o de L o s A ngel e s Sat, May 9

The eclectic style, stirring vocals and lively instrumentation of Jarabe Mexicano comes together with national premier Mexican folk dance company Ballet Folkloric de Los Angeles in Cruzando Fronteras, a joyous and colorful celebration of musical traditions from both sides of the border.


HELP MAKE ART HAPPEN As a 501(c)3 independent non-profit cultural arts organization, Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center must sustain our work through donations, tickets sales, and facility rentals. We depend on the generous support of donors, members, ticket buyers and local businesses to help us provide a rich environment where art can be created and shared in all its forms. You can help make it happen…

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Pick shows or events you’ll enjoy, try new things, help spread the word and be sure to bring your friends!


Members hear about shows first, are eligible for ticket discounts, and are invited to the Season Launch Party. At higher levels, members gain entry to the Founder’s Room during shows and special artist Meet & Greets.

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Any amount makes a difference! Donors at the $5000 level or above may choose the Producer’s Circle Fund to help underwrite the cost of high-level artists or more adventurous programming. LVPAC.ORG/DONATE


Support the arts and build visibility by sponsoring an event, a show, a program or the whole season with benefits tailored to your needs. Contact: Chris Carter, Director of Deveopment and Communications,


The Bankhead and Bothwell are available for events of all sizes including theater, rehearsal, lobby, courtyard, meeting and other spaces. Contact: Scott Kenison, Executive Director,


Your ad message can reach a broad audience in the more than 50,000 copies of the Bankhead Theater program all year long. Contact: Roberta Emerson, Marketing Manager, 19

NURTURING VISUAL AND CULTURAL ARTS Bothwell Arts Center Our creative arts incubator, located on Eighth Street, provides a wealth of opportunity for artists of all ages to share, learn, create, perform and inspire through classes, workshops, and camps for children.

ArtWalk Celebrate the arts when downtown

Livermore becomes an Art District for a day! Explore works by over 150 artists in all types of media, as well as live music, cultural arts demonstrations and crafts for children. October 12, 2019.

Gallery Exhibits Throughout the year, art exhibits in the lobby of the Bankhead theater display two and three-dimensional works by artists from around the Bay Area

Art & Wine Intertwined Enjoy the latest art exhibit, taste local wines,

enjoy live music and refreshments. Free event, fee for tasting. June, August, October, April.

Cultural Celebrations Free family-friendly celebrations in the

Bankhead and on the plaza honor and share the history, music, dance, art, and traditions of many different cultures.

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Native American Day Taste of Africa Filipino Barrio Fiesta Diwali Festival of LIghts African-American Day Lunar New Year Hispanic Heritage Day


e d u c a t i o n SHARING ART WITH ALL AGES

We strive to promote a connection with the arts throughout the community. Our goal is to empower each and every student through the expression of visual and performing arts. Each year we impact over 18,000 students in the Tri-Valley through free performances, student tickets, workshops, master classes, in-school demonstrations, community events, and performance opportunities.

Livermore Innovation Fair Each spring thousands of students and their families attend this free family-friendly showcase of discovery and imagination. It’s equal parts science fair, high-tech exhibition, art show, and community carnival. May 2, 2020

East Bay Jazz High School All Stars An audition-only program led by Spencer Sussman, the East Bay Jazz High School All Stars Band provides young musicians and jazz vocalists with invaluable training and real-life big band and jazz combo performance experiences.

Center Stage East Bay Founded by local high school students, the group fosters student-led creativity and imagination with opportunities to participate in all aspects of theatrical productions from writing, directing, and acting, to producing, managing and marketing.

Our Education Fund provides financial support for these programs and more. For more information on how you can participate, contact Kiran Guleria at 925-583-2312 or


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American song-and-dance team Tom Bowen (Astaire) and his sister Ellen (Powell) head to London with their show in time for the wedding of Princess Elizabeth. When Ellen falls in love with the dashing Lord John Brindale and Tom becomes equally smitten with the elegant Anne Ashmond, the four are determined to marry on the same day as the royal couple. The film features Astaire’s legendary dance across the ceiling of his room.

S O U T H P A C I F I C (19 5 8 ) Wed, Oct 16

A young American nurse (Gaynor) meets a handsome and mysterious French planter (Brazzi) on a South Pacific island during WWII. Despite their different backgrounds, romance blooms, bordered by the lighthearted hijinks of the sailors and the ever present dangers of war. Unforgettable songs such as “Some Enchanted Evening,” “Bloody Mary,” and “Younger Than Springtime” make it one of the most powerful and popular musicals of all time.

H I G H S O C I E T Y (19 5 6 ) Wed, Nov 13

Jazz artist C.K. Dexter Haven (Crosby) is still hung up on his ex-wife, socialite Tracy Lord (Kelly), although she is engaged to another man. When a magazine reporter (Sinatra), in town to cover Tracy’s wedding, also falls for the beautiful bride-to-be, Tracy must determine which suitor suits her best. With music by Cole Porter including a cameo appearance by Louis Armstrong, High Society was Grace Kelly’s final film before marrying the Prince of Monaco.


R e s i d e n t DEL VALLE FINE ARTS Jennifer Kloetzel and Robert Koenig

Sat, Oct 12

Lauded for her elegant playing and vibrant tone, award-winning cellist Jennifer Kloetzel has toured the globe as a soloist and was a founding member of the Cypress Quartet, which performed here in 2015. Robert Koenig is a much sought-after collaborative pianist and chamber musician who performs with many of this generation’s most renowned artists.

Akropolis Quintet

Sat, Nov 16

Hailed for their “imagination, infallible musicality, and huge vitality,” the Akropolis Reed Quintet takes listeners on extraordinary musical adventures. The ensemble are 2014 winners of the prestigious Fischoff Gold Medal and also the 2015 Fischoff Educator Award.

Parker Quartet

Sat, Feb 8

Renowned for dynamic interpretations and polished, expansive colors, the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet has rapidly distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation. Founded in 2002 and based in Boston, they have earned international honors and are currently artists-in-residence at Harvard University and at USC. Jennifer Kloetzel

Mark Anderson Sat, Mar 21

A native of the SF Bay Area, pianist Mark Anderson’s recordings and performances have met with widespread critical acclaim. He is a frequent recitalist and chamber musician, and has appeared as soloist with Sir Simon Rattle, Nicholas McCegan, William Boughton, George Cleve, Alan Francis, and Adam Fischer in concert halls worldwide.

Ensembl e V i va n t Sat, May 2

Since its inception over 30 years ago, Ensemble Vivant has been a pioneer in the piano chamber music world, championing exciting, innovative programming ranging from classical to ragtime, music of the Great American Songbook, Latin, and other jazz-related styles.


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The charming dance music of Mozart, with the jingle of sleigh bells, sets a delightful scene to open our 57th season. Saint-Saëns’ beloved Carnival of the Animals is rich with lyricism and invention – a “Grand Zoological Fantasy” that holds a surprisingly human humor, paired with the famously clever wit of poet Ogden Nash. Tchaikovsky’s groundbreaking First Symphony, full of endless melodic inspiration, evokes the beauty and isolation of a wintry landscape.

Angels and Demons Sat, Feb 22 parker quartet

In a dramatic program led by guest conductor and Bay Area favorite, Jason Klein, discover the evocative music of Franz Von Suppé, César Franck and Joachim Raff, exploring themes of terror and delight! The evening will celebrate inspiring young talent and introduce the winners of our Annual Competition for Young Musicians.

Firebird and Frederic Chiu Sat, Apr 18

Explore magical places and fantastic stories through the music of Mozart, Prokofiev, Liadov, and Stravinsky. Pianist Frederic Chiu, an exceptional interpreter of the music of Prokofiev, will perform the composer’s third piano concerto. Stravinsky transports us into a haunting, beautiful, and exciting fairy tale with the spectacular suite of music from his ballet The Firebird. frederic chiu

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Brilliance and Beethoven Sat, May 30

The season closes by highlighting talented instrumental groups within the orchestra. The woodwinds shine in a delicate, miniature masterpiece, Gounod’s Petite Symphonie. Harpist Constance Koo and the symphony strings deliver Debussy’s glistening “Sacred and Profane Dances,” and Beethoven’s brilliant Symphony No. 7 finishes the season with ebullience and joy.


R e s i d e n t Livermore Valley Opera Eugene Onegin

Sung in Russian with English supertitles. Sep 28 – Oct 6 This crown jewel of the Russian operatic repertoire is a passionate drama filled with sweepingly beautiful and unabashedly romantic music. Set in the courtly elegance of the 19th century, Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece tells the bittersweet tale of a love that might have been.

A Florentine Tragedy & Gianni Schicchi

Sung in German and Italian with English supertitles. Mar 7 - 15 Two one-act operas – a tragedy and a comedy – are a study in contrasts, one tells a tale of jealousy and commerce, the other of greed and commerce. A Florentine Tragedy is a drama of Wagnerian intensity, Gianni Schicchi a brilliant comedy – both captivate in utterly different ways.

PACIFIC CHAMBER ORCHESTRA T he Monumen ta l Sun, Sep 15

Experience with Beethoven the hero’s inner journey – from mysterious and humble beginnings, to the thundering triumph expressed in the enduring “Ode to Joy” of his ninth symphony – a monumental celebration of life.

The Glorious Sun, Dec 1

The Messiah, one of the best-loved musical works, will feature soprano Marnie Breckenridge, mezzo Silvie Jensen, tenor Ricky Garcia, and baritone Ben Brady. Join in an uplifting reprise of the famed Hallelujah chorus.

T he Pa s sion at e

Sun, Mar 22

Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Bueno Aires moves from tango nuevo to baroque and modern jazz. Telemann’s Concerto for Oboe d’amore, Shostakovich’s Octet and Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins will send your heart soaring.

The Exquisite

Sun, May 3

Written during one of the happiest, most productive periods of his life, Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos display the buoyant side of his ‘imperishable genius,” their inspiring allegros, adagios and andantes never fail to sound new and exciting.


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n i e s TRI-VALLEY REPERTORY THEATRE Joseph & the Amazing T e chnic ol or Dre a mc oat Jul 20 – Aug 4

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a reimagining of the biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, eleven brothers and the “coat of many colors.” Having celebrated 50 years in 2018, it remains one of the most enduring shows of all time – don’t miss this irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Israel’s favorite son.

Mamma Mia! Jan 18 - Feb 2

The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship into an unforgettable show. A large cast, non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers combine to make Mamma Mia! a guaranteed smash hit. A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. It’s a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget! nutcracker

spring rep

valley dance theatre Nutcracker Dec 14 - 22

Thrill to a stage filled with one magical Nutcracker, a swirl of lovely snowflakes, adorable mice, dancing soldiers and a glittering sugar plum fairy. Accompanied by the Valley Dance Theatre Pit Orchestra, this annual holiday tradition enchants audiences of all ages, bringing Tchaikovsky’s well-known music and the familiar story to life.

Spring REP May 23-24

Over the past 30 years, Valley Dance Theatre has become established as the premier ballet company of the Tri-Valley. Spring Rep, the company’s annual celebration of the beauty and joy of dance includes repertory pieces, both classic and contemporary.


Resident companies RAE DOROUGH SPEAKER SERIES Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity Jamie Metzl | Thu, Jul 25

Far sooner than we think, the genetic revolution will transform the world within and around us. Today we think about genetic technologies primarily in the context of healthcare. But, with its potential to alter our evolutionary trajectory as a species, the genetics revolution may be the greatest opportunity as well as the most daunting challenge of our time. Technology futurist and geopolitical expert Jamie Metzl explores what the genetics revolution means for you, your family, the country and the world — and what we all must do to prepare.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Winners and Losers Jonathan Reichental | Thu, Oct 10

All evidence suggests we are at the start of a fourth industrial revolution. No one can escape the impact of a world in momentous transition. Rapidly changing technology, demographics, economics, and a growing consensus that the climate crisis urgently needs to be addressed are driving the revolution. Make no mistake, this fourth industrial revolution will have winners and losers. Now is the time to understand where we are headed and to prepare ourselves and our organizations to not only survive, but thrive during this transformation.

Lucky Boy

Shanthi Sekaran | Thu, Nov 14

Exploring the ways in which dreams and determination can reshape a family, Sekaran transforms real life into a thing of beauty. From rural Oaxaca to Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto to the dreamscapes of Silicon Valley, Lucky Boy offers a moving and revelatory look at the evolving landscape of the American dream and the ever-changing borders of love. Sekaran teaches creative writing at California College of the Arts, and is a member of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Best New American Voices, and Canteen, as well as online at Zyzzyva and Mutha Magazine.

Marshaling Global and Local Forces to Address the Climate Crisis Ellie M. Cohen | Thu, Feb 6

Human-caused damage to ecosystems is accelerating at an alarming rate threatening our very existence. While we remain dependent on what nature provides to sustain us, public policy - from local to global- is only now beginning to add nature-based approaches to the climate-change solutions tool box. Cohen will provide an update on the state of our planet, highlighting examples of innovative conservation policies and practices. She will share insights on local and global initiatives, offering practical, personal actions to combat climate change. Her inspiring and hopeful vision urges us to act now.

A National Defense for a Brave New World John Arquilla | Thu, Mar 12

The challenges the US military faces are numerous, complex, and require new ideas and approaches if they are to be fully addressed. Threats to US national security are on three basic levels: The ongoing struggle against terrorist and insurgent networks that has dominated the past two decades — the challenge is to find lower cost, sustainable strategies (trillions have been spent since 9/11, with very mixed results); the vexing problems of regional powers such as Iran and North Korea; the danger posed to the security interests of the United States and its allies by a rising China and a resurgent Russia.


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VALLEYCARE SPEAKER SERIES The Cutting-Edge Management of Concussion

Dr. Paulomi Kadakia Bhalla | Director of TeleNeurology, Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare; Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology & Neurological Sciences, Stanford University Thu, Sep 12 You’ve heard the news about concussion and know that it can have long-lasting, and sometimes devastating, impact on the patient’s life. But how much do you know about a concussion? What is it? Probably not what you think it is. Join Dr. Paulomi Kadakia Bhalla, a Stanford neurologist and Director of TeleNeurology at Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare, as she discusses the latest cutting-edge research on the diagnosis, pathophysiology, and management of concussion.

The Aftermath of Stroke: Improving What Goes Right and Preventing What Goes Wrong

Dr. Marion Buckwalter | Associate Professor, Neurology and Neurological Sciences, and Neurosurgery, Stanford University; Deputy Director, Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute, Stanford University; Co-Founder, Stanford Stroke Recovery Program Thu, Jan 9

Stanford neurointensivist and basic scientist Marion Buckwalter, MD, PhD, will discuss our understanding of the brain following a stroke. Since completing her medical training, she has worked as an ICU neurologist at Stanford, caring for stroke patients and serving as a co-Investigator on over 50 clinical stroke studies. Drawing on her decades of experience as a neurologist and her research on neuroinflammation and recovery from stroke, she will discuss what we know about what happens after a stroke, and go over the studies that are ongoing at Stanford’s Stroke Recovery Program which she co-founded.

The Rise of Superbugs and Vaccine-Preventable Infections

Dr. Jake Scott | Co-Medical Director, Antimicrobial Stewardship, Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare; Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine – Infectious Diseases, Stanford University Thu, May 7 Bay Area native, Stanford Clinical Assistant Professor, and physician specializing in infectious diseases Dr. Jake Scott will discuss the various reasons why the world is seeing an alarming increase in the number of antibiotic-resistant organisms causing infection. Join us to learn what doctors, patients, and society can do to stem the rising tide of these superbugs. Dr. Scott will touch upon the growing number of vaccine-preventable illnesses and try to shed light on common misconceptions and issues related to vaccines and infectious diseases.




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FREE PARKING is available in the structure off Railroad Avenue behind the theater. There are also free parking lots off South Livermore Avenue, as well as street parking in the surrounding area. Due to the number of construction projects currently underway downtown, you may want to arrive early to find parking. You can always enjoy a drink or meal in one of the many restaurants nearby! The Bankhead’s CONCESSIONS area offers Livermore Valley wines, beer, soft drinks, coffee, tea and juices, as well as snacks and sweets before the show and during intermission. You are welcome to bring your drinks into the theater, just get a lid from an usher at any of the entry doors. The Bankhead Theater is fully ACCESSIBLE with free assistive-listening devices, seating on both the upper and lower levels for those using wheelchairs or walkers with elevator access, and a drop-off/pick-up area on Railroad Avenue adjacent to the theater. Family-friendly shows are offered throughout the year and CHILDREN are welcome. Some other shows may not be ideal for under-school-age children. Parents know their children best and should determine whether the show is age-appropriate. Regardless of age, everyone must have their own ticket to enter the theater.












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(Bankhead Presents shows only) Members save 10% all year long. Groups of 10+ get 10% off on select shows and groups of 25+ receive one free ticket. Student and Active Military tickets are just $20 for most shows. (Note: some discounts not available online.)

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