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Best of the Bankhead 2020

When Sat, November 21, 2020 @ 6:00 pm

Email boxoffice@bankheadtheater.org

Where Online Event -

Phone 925.373.6800


Celebrate the wonder and beauty of the Arts and help us set the stage for a return to live entertainment! “Best of the Bankhead” will be hosted by LVPAC Executive Director Chris Carter and emceed by Freddie Silveria, who will appear live from the Bankhead stage, and will feature cameo video performances by some of the most popular artists who have appeared at the Bankhead since it opened in 2007. Tickets for the event include dinner and wine delivered to attendees’ homes prior to the event.


We’ve just added to the audience favorites scheduled to perform at the “Best of the Bankhead.” Pianist Jon Nakamatsu and Celtic fiddlers Natalie McMaster, Donnell Leahy and their Family will join comedian Paula Poundstone, ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro, and smooth jazz legend Keiko Matsui for this entertaining evening.

Winner of the prestigious Van Cliburn Competition, Jon Nakamatsu has a long history with the Bankhead Theater. He was the first to perform a full concert on the venue’s original grand piano in 2007 and he helped with the selection of the new Steinway grand piano which was installed last fall.

Canadian fiddler Natalie McMaster has thrilled Bankhead audiences several times both solo and with members of her talented family. In addition to appearing at the virtual “Best of the Bankhead,” Natalie and her family will offer a livestream performance, “A Celtic Family Christmas at Home,” in December, with a portion of ticket sales also benefiting the Bankhead.

Poundstone, Shimabukuro and Matsui have each appeared at the Bankhead more than four times each, consistently filling the house, and are currently booked for live performances at the Bankhead in 2021. Jake Shimabukuro appeared in the Bankhead’s inaugural season shortly after he became one of the first YouTube artists to go viral. The Choir of Man, the rollicking pub show that sold out the theater twice in less than a year, will make a video appearance from London, and there will be other surprise guests as well.


During this “fancy dress optional!” evening, two “Best of the Bankhead” prizes will be raffled: a sparkling Circle of Diamonds necklace pendant donated by Lance Cavalieri Jewelers valued at just over $5,000, and a pair of tickets to the upcoming 2021 Brilliance at the Bankhead Gala starring Vanessa Williams.

The diamond pendant is set in 14K yellow and white gold and features one round brilliant cut 0.62 ct diamond, plus 48 round brilliant cut diamonds with total weight 0.32 ct. Raffle tickets are $20 each or 10 tickets for $150 and no more than 1000 will be sold. Must be purchased by calling the box office 925-373-6800 or via email boxoffice@livermorearts.org. Need not be present to win, although the winner will be announced at the event so get your tickets now!

Bidding on live and silent auction items will also be an exciting part of the evening. See the LIST of auction items here.  And sign up NOW for BidPal so you can bid during the event.

The “Best of the Bankhead” will also highlight other initiatives of the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, including a new exhibit in the Bankhead Gallery, the “Best of the Bothwell,” a showcase of works by local artists who create or teach at the Bothwell Arts Center.

Full price tickets for “Best of the Bankhead” which include a 4-course catered dinner are now sold out. A suggested minimum donation in support of the Arts is $25 for “Pay What You Want” tickets, which include show access only.


Due to the closure of the Bankhead and Bothwell for COVID-19 safety, “Best of the Bankhead” will be Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center’s only major fundraising event in 2020. The annual Brilliance at the Bankhead Gala, typically held each September, will now not occur until 2021. “While we continued to offer virtual performances such as Vineyard Vibes and online art classes, our ability to deliver on our mission to serve the community through the arts has been severely restricted, far beyond anything we could have imagined,” says Executive Director Chris Carter. “We took quick action to preserve our financial situation, but in order to come back strong when we’re able to open again, we must continue to rely on the support of the community. We are so grateful to everyone, from “Best of the Bankhead” lead event sponsors such as Fremont Bank, to individual donors who have sent us whatever they could. We are focused on how we can help restore the arts in downtown Livermore as soon as it is safely possible.” Interested in sponsorships? Sign up HERE!

Saturday, November 21
6:00pm   PRE-SHOW
6:30pm  EVENT



Priem Family Foundation
Jean King.  Lynn & Joan Seppala


Lance Cavalieri Jewelers
Denise Watkins
Faye & Lee Younker
Bob & Patricia Zollars


 The Independent. Pleasanton Weekly. Shea Homes.
Topcon. Trutner Law Offices. UNCLE Credit Union
Dona Crawford. Phil & Muriel Dean.
Steve & Melody O’Shea. Michael & Denise Weiner.Pat Wheeler


Advance Creative. Beets + Eats. Freddie Silveria Auctions. Wente Vineyards

All proceeds will support the extensive performing and visual arts activities and educational outreach offered at the Bankhead Theater and Bothwell Arts Center by Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, a 501(c)3 independent non-profit arts organization.

For sponsorship questions, email development@livermorearts.org or sign up HERE.

For raffle tickets, email your request to the Box Office boxoffice@livermorearts.org and they will call to confirm. Or call 925-373-6800 directly.



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Our Team


Executive Director
Chris Carter
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Director of Finance and Administration
Reanna Bradford
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Director of Operations
Eric Johnson
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Director of Marketing
Ruth Egherman
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Production Manager
Gary Brunclik
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Assistant Production Manager
Erica Engel
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Facility Manager and IT Coordinator
Julio Gomez
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Box Office Manager
Debra Olson
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Visual Arts Manager
Anne Giancola
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Development Manager
Brittany Mulgrew
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Front of House Manager/Volunteer Coordinator
Carol Edwards
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Graphic Designer/Web Administrator
Bernice LaRosa
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Programs Coordinator
Treg Van Dyke
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Get to Know Our Resident Companies

Home to ten Resident Companies with over 270 combined years of artistic experience, the Bankhead Theater’s state-of-the-art facilities enable these organizations to grow artistically and institutionally, develop audiences and collaborate on key projects while maintaining their respective missions and identities.

Cantabella Children’s Chorus

Cantabella Children’s Chorus is a non-profit organization located in the Livermore Tri-Valley. CCC strives to foster and promote the appreciation of choral music in the community through performances at various local corporate and civic functions and churches but above all to have fun.

Del Valle Fine Arts

Del Valle Fine Arts has been presenting outstanding classical music concerts in Livermore for over 35 years. This highly-regarded series offers dazzling performances by acclaimed professional chamber music groups and soloists from throughout North America and beyond. A particular objective of DVFA is to introduce young persons to the appreciation of fine music. To that end, children are admitted free to its concerts, and full-time students above high school can procure tickets at a special reduced price.

Livermore-Amador Symphony

Livermore-Amador Symphony – The symphony offers four concerts a year, as well as a Pops fundraiser. Symphony Guild – If you enjoy LAS concerts, join like-minded people of the Symphony Guild and support this community orchestra! Guild members encourage interest in the symphony and sponsor fund-raising activities. The Livermore-Amador Symphony has received funding from: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC, City of Livermore Commission for the Arts, City of Livermore Tourism and Special Event Fund, Livermore Cultural Arts Council, Clorox Company Technical Center-Pleasanton, Target and Livermore Rotary.

Livermore Valley Opera

Livermore Valley Opera combines the talents and expertise of professional music, stage and chorus directors, principal singers, musicians, and designers with the dedication and practical abilities of a volunteer board, adult chorus, stage crew, props master, stitchers, and set builders. Each fall and spring, LVO presents locally produced, fully staged operas with orchestra. Additionally, LVO presents special concerts, events and fundraisers in the winter and “Opera in the Vineyard” in the summer. LVO promotes local talent and attracts outstanding Bay Area singers, directors and conductors.

Pacific Chamber Orchestra

The Pacific Chamber Orchestra (PCO) is a 40 piece symphony orchestra composed of professional musicians from throughout the Bay Area. It was founded over 20 years ago by its talented conductor and musical director, Lawrence Kohl. The orchestra combines the precision of a small ensemble with surprising dynamic range and power. PCO is notable for innovative and insightful interpretations of music of all eras.

Rae Dorough Speaker Series

The Rae Dorough Speaker Series features leading thinkers in science, literature and the arts who discuss topical issues of particular interest to the Livermore community in the intimacy of the Bankhead Theater.

Sycamore Strings Academy / Bothwell Arts Center

The Sycamore Strings Academy (formerly Suzuki Strings Academy) carries on a tradition from 1984 of quality music education in the Tri-Valley area. The Academy includes certified Suzuki instruction on string instruments, licensed Kindermusik classes and a popular guitar program. Students perform across the region in year-round concert series.

Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre

Formerly Pleasanton Playhouse, Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre presents a variety of audience-pleasing musical theater. As a non-profit, volunteer regional arts organization, we continue our mission to provide affordable quality theatre, training and cultural experiences, with a focus on children and family participation.

Valley Concert Chorale

The Valley Concert Chorale is a chorus of about 40 singers, many of whom live in the Tri-Valley area, including Livermore, Pleasanton, San Ramon and Danville. VCC’s director is John Bush and featured pianist is Daniel Glover. If you would like to sing with VCC, why not arrange for an audition? You can audition at any time, and then join the chorus at the beginning of the next quarter.

Valley Dance Theatre

Valley Dance Theatre is a non-profit organization committed to providing exceptional dance instruction and productions to the Tri-Valley Area. Their focus is in classical ballet and modern dance. Each year they present a full-length Nutcracker with a live orchestra, and a Spring show with varying themes.

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Wheelchair accessible seats cannot be purchased online. You must call our Ticket Office in advance at 925.373.6800 for seating and to ensure your needs are thoroughly met.

There is a drop-off/pick-up area located on Railroad Avenue, on the right side of the street, before you reach the stoplight to enter the parking garage.

Handicapped-reserved spaces are located on the lower level of the Livermore Valley Center parking garage.

An elevator is located on the West end of the main lobby.

Assistive listening devices are available free of charge from the House Manager’s Office in the lobby. Please let us know when purchasing your ticket of your special needs.

Fully accessible restrooms are located in the main lobby and in the upper lobby.

Support the Arts

Inscribed Pavers

Dedicate one of the decorative paver blocks that frame and define the entry from the Livermore Valley Plaza to the Bankhead Theater. Each size allows you to personalize your dedication and/or message. Once you’ve placed your order we’ll contact you to help you choose the exact message for the paver you’d like to donate.

Permanently commemorate a company or brand, feature your family crest or create your own custom design while supporting the arts with an engraved logo or artistic brick. The image will be etched in black on a sand-colored paver (6×12 or 12×12) or light gray granite tile (24×24). They are visible to thousands of people each year attending a variety of events and performances on the Livermore Valley Plaza and in the Bankhead Theater.

24″ x 24″ – Madden Family Courtyard – $1,500
12″ x 12″ – Livermore Valley Plaza $1,000
Logo Art Brick – Livermore Valley Plaza $500
6″ x 12″ – Livermore Valley Plaza $375
6″ x 9″ – Livermore Valley Plaza $150

Seat donations will be recognized by a commemorative medallion on your chosen chair in the Bankhead Theater as well as on the Donor Wall in the Lobby.

Grand Tier Seats $5,000
Central Tier Seats $2,500
Upper Tier Seats $1,000

Please note: donating a personalized seat does not guarantee the right to sit in that seat for a given performance.

Support the Arts

Leave a Legacy

With a legacy gift to the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, you can be sure your charitable intentions will be realized while achieving the most favorable income tax benefits available. We are happy to meet with you to talk about your intentions and situation. However, we strongly recommend you consult with your estate planning professional or tax advisor to fulfill your goals for your financial portfolio and tax needs.

Making a legacy gift to the Center also qualifies you to join the Legacy Society, a group of philanthropic and pioneering members who share a strong bond with LVPAC and a desire to ensure a meaningful, lasting home for the arts in Livermore Valley.

If you have already included LVPAC in your plans (or if you intend to), please let us know. Contact Chris Carter, Executive Direct, at [email protected] or call (925) 583-2311.

We accept a range of planned giving options:

In Your Will
The simplest way to leave a planned gift is to make a bequest including specific language in your will or living trust naming LVPAC as the recipient. The following is an example of suggested language to include in your will/trust:

“I give and bequeath to the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, a California non-profit corporation, located at 2400 First Street, Livermore, CA 94550, the sum of $____, or ______% of my estate, to be used for the accomplishment of its general purpose (or for a specific purpose as indicated).”

Charitable Gift Annuities
A charitable gift annuity (CGA) is the easiest way to create dependable income for life and help the Center. Please note that LVPAC does not administer CGAs but can recommend an administrator.

Charitable Trusts
A Charitable Remainder Trust or Charitable Lead Trust allows you to receive an estate or gift tax deduction and create a source of income for you or your loved ones while supporting the Center. Please note that LVPAC does not administer these trusts but can recommend an administrator.

Real Estate/Appreciated Assets
A variety of assets can be donated such as real estate, appreciated securities, and tangible personal property such as art or jewelry. Donating appreciated assets can help offset income and capital gains taxes. If you are contemplating gifting an investment property or a vacation home, a gift of real estate offers an excellent option for tax-wise giving. You can also include the Center as a beneficiary of real estate or appreciated assets in your will. Please be aware that as part of our gift acceptance policy, all gifts of real estate, appreciated assets and tangible personal property are examined on a case-by-case basis.

Retirement Plan Donations or Life Insurance Policies
You can name Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center as the beneficiary of your IRA, 401k or 403b retirement plan or life insurance policy. This is a simple, effective way to support the arts while reducing or eliminating significant, often unanticipated tax penalties.