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When Sat, September 7, 2019 @ 8:00 pm

Email boxoffice@bankheadtheater.org

Where Bankhead Theater - 2400 1ST ST LIVERMORE, CA 94550

Phone 925.373.6800

The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center has announced that the Livermore High School Chamber Choir will join Broadway and television star Matthew Morrison and the Livermore-Amador Symphony on stage at the Brilliance at the Bankhead Gala on Saturday, September 7. The largest fundraising event of the year for Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, sponsorship for the 2019 gala has significantly exceeded prior-year levels and tickets are anticipated to sell out, which would also mark a new milestone for the event.

Called a “triple threat” for his exceptional singing, dancing, and acting talent, Morrison has been nominated for Tony, Emmy, and Golden Globe awards. While perhaps best known for his central role as Mr. Schuester on the television show “Glee,” Morrison made his debut on Broadway as a teen, and scored his first big break originating the role of Link Larkin in “Hairspray.” He has since appeared in “The Light in the Piazza,” the 2008 revival of “South Pacific,” and in the lead role of J.M. Barrie in “Finding Neverland.” In addition to his work on stage, film, and television, he has released two albums while his third, a selection of favorite Disney classics, is due out in 2020. Morrison currently serves as one of three dance captains on Simon Cowell’s new BBC One competition series, “The Greatest Dancer.”

The Livermore High School Chamber Choir, made up of 15 students led by teacher Christopher Filice, will perform several numbers with Morrison. This will be the second time this group has appeared with him. According to Filice, the Chamber Choir attended a vocal workshop two years ago in San Francisco. The workshop director was impressed with them and when was approached to find a student group to sing with Morrison at Bay Area Cabaret, he reached out to Filice. The Chamber Choir was thrilled to perform there and when they discovered he was going to appear in their own hometown, they were eager to sing with him again. Participation in the LHS Chamber Choir is by audition only and comprised of students in grades 10-12, who focus on developing the musicianship and vocal skills to sing a challenging and varied repertoire. The choir rehearses daily in class and performs at more than a dozen public and private events and festivals around the Bay Area each year, in addition to LHS and community concerts.

As it has in the past, the 2019 gala will include a champagne welcome, dinner reception on the plaza with live music provided by the East Bay Jazz High School All-Stars, and a dessert buffet, as well as live and silent auctions. During the event, 500 raffle tickets will be sold for the chance to win a sparkling bracelet featuring 19 brilliant-cut diamonds set in 14K white gold. Designed, handcrafted, and donated by Lance Cavalieri of Lance Cavalieri Jewelers, the bracelet is valued at $17,822. Among the exciting live auction items will be a Jack Daniels Whisky Tasting Tour with flights to Nashville, a suite for the Blake Shelton concert at SAP Pavilion, a private dinner catered by Chef Brian Curl of The French Laundry, and the priceless opportunity to perform on the Bankhead Theater stage with David Victor’s SUPERGROUP, featuring former members of such legendary bands as Boston, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Y&T and the Joe Satriani Band. Silent auction items range from a variety of sports outings, concert tickets, and wine tours to a private catered party in the Bankhead courtyard with an unobstructed view of the July 4 fireworks in 2020.


Featuring  Emmy-Nominated “Glee” Star Matthew Morrison

Called a “triple threat” for his exceptional singing, dancing and acting talent, Matthew Morrison has been nominated for Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe Awards. He made his debut on Broadway as a teen, and scored his first big break originating the role of Link Larkin in “Hairspray.” He followed that up with roles in “The Light in the Piazza” and “South Pacific.” His most recent stint on Broadway was in the starring role of J.M.Barrie in the musical “Finding Neverland.”

While best known for his central role as Mr. Schuester on the award-winning television show “Glee,” Morrison has also been a guest on such television hits as “The Good Wife” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”  He starred in the film “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” and, as a singer, has released two recordings – his debut album featuring duets with Sting and Elton John and the more recent “Where It All Began,” an album of Broadway standards. He currently is serving as one of three dance captains on Simon Cowell’s new BBC One competition series, “The Greatest Dancer.”

An exceptional entertainer with an engaging stage presence, he will perform hits from Broadway and the American songbook accompanied by the Livermore-Amador Symphony at “Brilliance at the Bankhead.” Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center’s largest fundraising event of the year, the gala includes dinner and live music on the plaza before the show, as well as live and silent auctions.

“A skilled dancer and boundlessly energetic entertainer, he filled every inch of the stage with personality, cheek, and flair” – DC Metro Theater Arts

“Energetic and entertaining … Onstage, he approaches the material with an easy grace and effortless charm that helps these familiar tunes sound fresh, if not completely new, ushering his audience into their own reverie of memories in a way that only the best melodies can do.” – Broadway World



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Executive Director
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Director of Finance and Administration
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Production Manager
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Visual Arts Manager
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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.

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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.