Grammy Award-winning singer Vanessa Williams will headline the annual Brilliance at the Bankhead fundraising gala on Sept. 12.
Known for her powerful voice and stage presence, Williams is one of just a few artists who have topped the charts in a full range of genres from pop, dance, rhythm & blues, 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 the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center.
Proceeds support activities at the Bankhead Theater and the Bothwell Arts Center, as well as the non-profit organization’s educational and cultural arts outreach activities.
Williams, with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, has sold over 25 million records worldwide with such hits as “Dreamin’,” “Running Back to You,” “Save the Best for Last,” and “Colors of the Wind,” from Disney’s animated film “Pocahontas,” which earned her a Golden Globe, Grammy and the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
Williams’ critically-acclaimed work also includes a range of films and television shows, including “Desperate Housewives” and “Ugly Betty.” Her appearances on the Broadway stage include starring roles as the witch in “Into the Woods,” Aurora in “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” and Jessie Mae Watts in “The Trip to Bountiful,” alongside Cicely Tyson and Cuba Gooding Jr.
“Brilliance at the Bankhead” includes dinner and live music on the plaza before the show, along with live and silent auctions. Last year, the event raised a record $500,000.
Tickets go on sale for art center members on May 20, with tickets for the general public available three weeks later. Those wishing to become members should go to lvpac.org, or contact Brittany Mulgrew, member services manager, at (925) 583-2305.