Livermore Arts

Contact: Ruth Egherman



Grammy Award Winner Vanessa Williams to Headline Annual
Brilliance at the Bankhead Gala September 11, 2021


LIVERMORE, CA – (August 31, 2021) – Livermore Arts is celebrating the return of live performances with Grammy Award-winning entertainer Vanessa Williams headlining the annual Brilliance at the Bankhead fundraising gala on September 11, 2021. Known for her powerful voice and gracious stage presence, she is one of just a few artists who have topped the charts in a full range of genres from pop, dance, R&B, and adult contemporary, to holiday, Latin, gospel, and jazz. She will be accompanied by the Livermore-Amador Symphony at what is the largest fundraising event of the year for Livermore Arts. Proceeds support activities at both the Bankhead Theater and the Bothwell Arts Center, as well as the independent non-profit organization’s broad educational and cultural arts outreach activities. 

Vanessa Williams is one of the most respected and multi-faceted performers in the entertainment industry today with her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her albums have sold over 25 million records worldwide with such popular hits as “Dreamin’”, “Running Back to You”, “Save the Best for Last”, and “Colors of the Wind” from Disney’s animated film Pocahontas, for which she was honored with a Golden Globe, a Grammy and the Academy Award for Best Original Song. William’s critically-acclaimed work also includes a wide range of films and television shows such as “Desperate Housewives” and “Ugly Betty,” as well as the Broadway stage, where she starred alongside Cicely Tyson and Cuba Gooding Jr. in “The Trip to Bountiful.” 

“Brilliance at the Bankhead” includes dinner provided by On The Vine and live music featuring Spencer Sussman and Company on the plaza before the show as well as exciting live and silent auction items. 

Sponsorships from corporations, the media, and individuals make the event our biggest fundraising event of the year. The sponsors for the 2021 Season Gala include the Priem Family Foundation, Jean King, Lynn and Joan Seppala, Denise Watkins, Phillip and Muriel Dean, Jean Shuler, Lance Cavalieri Jewelers, Fremont Bank, Topcon, ThoughtSpot, Livermore-Amador Symphony, Uncle Credit Union, Wente Vineyards, and Chestnut Hill Vineyards. Media sponsorships provided by The Independent, Pleasanton Weekly, Bay Area News Group, and KKIQ. 

Livermore Arts offers wide-ranging programs that provide access to the arts for the Tri-Valley community and beyond. Located in the heart of downtown Livermore, the Bankhead Theater welcomes artists from diverse musical genres, as well as theater, dance, comedy, and other entertainment to suit all ages. The Bothwell Arts Center at 2466 Eighth Street is an arts incubator, offering affordable studio, classroom, rehearsal, performance, and event space. Art exhibits curated by the Bothwell are on display year-round in the Gallery at the Bankhead. Together the Bankhead and Bothwell are home to eight resident performing arts companies and over 40 studio artists and cultural arts instructors. For more information visit  

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