Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center announced the 2019-2020 Bankhead Presents season which officially begins on September 7, 2019 with the annual Brilliance at the Bankhead Gala featuring Broadway and television star Matthew Morrison. The nearly four dozen events include live performances, classic film musicals, free family concerts, and a new co-presented healthcare speaker series. Among the performers in the Bankhead Presents series will be country hit makers Lonestar and Phil Vassar, Texican rock group Los Lonely Boys, folk legend Arlo Guthrie, comedian Rita Rudner, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, BoDeans, Joan Osborne and The Weepies, A Charlie Brown Christmas Live! on Stage, and dance group MOMIX. Member presale begins May 22, 2019 and tickets for all shows go on sale to the public beginning June 12th.
Perhaps best known for his endearing role as Mr. Schuester in the Emmy Award-winning television show “Glee,” Matthew Morrison is widely seen as a “triple threat” for his exceptional singing, dancing and acting talent. He has appeared in leading roles on Broadway in the original cast of “Hairspray,” “The Light in the Piazza,” “South Pacific,” and most recently in “Finding Neverland.” Another renowned Broadway star closes the season, Lea Salonga. Known for taking the starring role in “Miss Saigon” at the age of 18, Salonga’s voice is also familiar to fans of Disney’s animated films as Princess Jasmine and Mulan.
“We strive to create a season that showcases musicians, shows and events across the spectrum of styles and genres, so everyone will find something to enjoy,” said Executive Director Scott Kenison. “As always, we have both exciting new entertainers, as well as returning favorites. Many artists who have performed at the Bankhead want to come back. Some tell us they appreciate the welcoming audiences every bit as much as the great acoustics of the house.”
Country stars known for such blockbuster hits as “Amazed” and “Just Another Day in Paradise,” Lonestar and Phil Vassar team up to bring their rollicking “Not So Silent Night” tour to Livermore for Christmas. They start off a holiday season that includes the traditional Irish music of Danú, klezmer gypsy-rock band Mostly Kosher on the first night of Chanukah, and A Charlie Brown Christmas Live! on Stage for three performances during the holiday school break.
The Bankhead will also host the music of legendary greats with The Glenn Miller Orchestra, The Tap Pack an elegant tribute to the smooth vocals of the Rat Pack era, Georgia on my Mind: The Music of Ray Charles, Harlem 100 a tribute created in collaboration with the National Jazz Museum, and Benny Goodman at Carnegie Hall, which recaptures the magic of the famous 1938 concert. More contemporary vocal magic is also represented during the season with A Cappella Live featuring rising star ensembles such as Filharmonic from the film Pitch Perfect 2 and Four Italian Tenors singing both opera arias and pop hits.
Dance is well represented in the 2019-2020 Season with the athletic dance illusionists MOMIX, the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, as well as Oakland Ballet’s “Luna Mexicana” to celebrate Dia de los Muertos in the fall, and premier Mexican folk dance company Ballet Folklorico de Los Angeles with Jarabe Mexicano in the spring.
“Cultivating collaborative relationships with local groups is also a priority for us,” Kenison added. “Luna Mexicana will be the second time this year Oakland Ballet will perform both for local students during the day and for the public in the evening. San Francisco-based Philharmonia Baroque will offer a concert of music inspired by Shakespeare, and we’re proud to co-present a new speaker series with the Valleycare Foundation supporting Stanford Health Care-Valleycare. Research professors and practitioners from Stanford will speak on important and timely topics including concussion and stroke.”
This season builds on last year’s success with shows that combine music with dance or live theatrical action. The Choir of Man will return with their engaging onstage pub show following their sold out event last spring, Cirque Mechanics will bring their breath-taking circus-themed show “42FT a Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels” and Drum TAO will showcase their modern take on the ancient Japanese art of Taiko drumming.
The Bankhead continues to be a popular venue for comedy shows and this season comic hybrids will deliver laughs as well. Colin Mochrie, star of “Whose Line is it Anyway?,” arrives in October with HYPROV a hilarious blend of hypnotism and improv, and Livermore native Jason Lyle Black will impress audiences with his virtuoso backwards piano playing. The annual visit of Capitol Steps will land in an election year primed for their satiric wit.
In addition to Bankhead Presents shows, the Resident Companies of the Bankhead – Del Valle Fine Arts, Livermore-Amador Symphony, Livermore Valley Opera, Pacific Chamber Orchestra, Rae Dorough Speakers Series, Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre, and Valley Dance Theatre – offer nearly 50 performances and events of their own during the season.
Members of LVPAC are eligible for priority ticket purchase now and receive a discount on Bankhead Presents shows year-round as well as other benefits. An introductory membership offer for just $99 runs through the end of May 2019. Those under the age of 35 can join at just $55 all year long. To become a member, contact the development department at 925-373-2305 or visit the website at lvpac.org.
LVPAC 2019-2020 SEASON
SEPTEMBER: 7 Brilliance at the Bankhead with Matthew Morrison; 14 The Glenn Miller Orchestra; 20 San Francisco Comedy Competition
OCTOBER: 4 Hyprov with Colin Mochrie; 15 Oakland Ballet: Luna Mexicana; 18 Rita Rudner; 19 MOMIX Viva; 25 Todd Snider & Ramblin’ Jack Elliott
NOVEMBER: 2 BoDeans; 3 Aspen Santa Fe Ballet; 8 Subdudes; 9 Vitaly: Evening of Wonders; 11 Preservation Hall Jazz Band; 15 Los Lonely Boys; 17 Four Italian Tenors; 23 Harlem 100; 24 Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience
DECEMBER: 9 Lonestar and Phil Vassar; 16 Danú: Emerald Isle Christmas; 23 Mostly Kosher; 29 A Charlie Brown Christmas Live! on Stage; 31 New Year’s Eve with Crawdad Republic
JANUARY: 10 Classic Albums Live: Abbey Road; 11 Philharmonia Baroque: The Music of Shakespeare; 20 A Cappella Live!; 27 The Choir of Man
FEBRUARY: 9 Cirque Mechanics: 42FT a Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels; 14 Georgia on my Mind: Celebrating the Music of Ray Charles; 16 Riders in the Sky; 21 International Guitar Night; 28 Jason Lyle Black: The Backwards Piano Man
MARCH: 20 Second City: Laughing for All The Wrong Reasons; 28 The Tap Pack; 29 Joan Osborne + The Weepies
APRIL: 5 Benny Goodman at Carnegie Hall; 13 Drum TAO; 24 Arlo Guthrie
MAY: 1 Capitol Steps: The Lyin’ Kings; 8 Lea Salonga; 9 Jarabe Mexicano feat. Ballet Folklorico de Los Angeles
VALLEYCARE SPEAKER SERIES: Sept. 12 The Cutting Edge Management of Concussions; Jan. 9 The Aftermath of Stroke: Improving What Goes Right and What Goes Wrong; May 7 The Rise of Superbugs and Vaccine-Preventable Infections
CLASSIC FILM MUSICALS: Sept. 18 “Royal Wedding”; Oct. 16 “South Pacific”; Nov. 13 “High Society”