Thursday, September 26, 2013

Livermore Valley Opera's Final Dress Rehearsal of Carmen TONIGHT - FREE to Students and Teachers!

Invitation to Final Dress Rehearsal of Carmen 
Thursday, September 26, 7:00 p.m. 
Bankhead Theater, Livermore 

Free Admission for Students and Teachers 
Only $10 Each for Accompanying Adults 

Livermore Valley Opera is sponsoring another special event for students and teachers with free admission to the final dress rehearsal of Bizet’s masterpiece, Carmen. A full professional orchestra will accompany the singers. This fully staged opera will be performed in French with English supertitles (translations) projected above the stage. Our professional singers have performed throughout North America and Europe. In the Bay Area, they have appeared in principal roles with San Francisco Opera and Opera San Jose. Baritone, Eugene Brancoveanu (performing as Escamillo and serving as our Stage Director), has also won a Tony award for his role as Marcello in Baz Luhrmann’s Broadway production of La Boheme.

This is a great opportunity to introduce students to one of the world’s most popular operas. You are welcome to stay for the entire performance, but feel free to leave earlier in the evening if you wish at scheduled breaks at 8:00 and 9:00 p.m. The full performance concludes by 10:30 p.m.

Please take advantage of this free night for students and teachers. The price for accompanying adults is only $10 -­‐-­‐ about the price of a bargain matinee movie. If you have never seen an opera, this is your chance!

• Limited seating – first come, first serve; no reservations needed

• Free comp tickets for students and teachers distributed at door at 6:30 p.m.

• Limit of two accompanying adults per household ($10 admission price per adult) Adult tickets not sold in advance; purchase at box office beginning at 6:30 p.m.

• Theater opens at 6:30 p.m. and seating begins

• Pre-­‐performance talk at 7:00 p.m. by Amy Giovannetti, soprano

• Opera begins at 7:30 p.m. (seating allowed until curtain is raised)

Regular performances of Carmen will be given in the Bankhead Theater in Livermore on September 28 & 29 and October 5 & 6. For more information on Livermore Valley Opera and this production, please visit us at For ticket information and directions to the theater, please visit or call the Bankhead Theater box office at (925) 373-­‐6800

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Health Benefits of Singing | Health Tips

In this Health Tips video, lower your blood pressure and improve your mental well-being. Kurt Johnsen shares how the expression of singing can change the way you feel.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Six-Year-Old Piano Prodigy Dazzles

Tsung Tsung is only 6 years old, but when Ellen saw the video of him playing piano, she had to bring him here -- all the way from China! Check out his awesome performance right here.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Doctor-Musicians who Heal with Music in "Scales To Scalpels"

"The message is very simple: music heals."

The Longwood Symphony Orchestra in Boston, Massachusetts is a very special group of musicians made up entirely of physicians. After an emotionally wrought day of practicing medicine, the orchestra members find performing classical music helps them relax. And, in often surprising ways, the doctors find that performing music for their patients helps them heal.

Here author Dr. Lisa Wong and her fellow physician-musicians share their stories of the healing arts of music and medicine.

Monday, September 16, 2013

9-Year-Old Plays Banjo on David Letterman Show - Sleepy Man Banjo Boys

9 year old banjo boy Jonny Mizzone and his brothers Tommy 13 on guitar, and Robbie 12 on fiddle perform "Flint Hill Special" by Earl Scruggs on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Friday, September 13, 2013

ABC Music Live on September 21st



Just a reminder to...

Save the date: September 21st, 2013 1pm-9pm

Purchase your admission tickets and raffle tickets

Ticket prices: $20 w/dinner
$10 admission only

Featuring 8 Fantastic Bay Area Bands
Over 90 raffle prizes
Dinner and Wine 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Benjamin Zander: The Transformative Power of Classical Music

Benjamin Zander has two infectious passions: classical music, and helping us all realize our untapped love for it -- and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences, new connections.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

ABC Music Live - Help Support Music Pathways


"This can be yours: An 8x10 color photo of two of the best point guards on the planet -- Golden State Warrior Steph Curry & LA Clipper Chris Paul -- going mano-a-mano. Hand signed by Steph Curry, certificate of authenticity included.

One of over 75 fantastic raffle items that will be given away at ABC Music Live!, an extravaganza of live music, delicious food, and cool people, taking place Saturday, September 21, from 1-9 PM at ABC Music in downtown Livermore.

Grand prize is a $499 Voyage-Air guitar.
Raffle tickets are 4 for $10 and can be purchased at

You do not need to be present to win. All proceeds benefit Music Pathways, a program that provides music education to at-risk & disadvantaged Livermore youth.

We hope to see you at ABC Music Live! If you can't join us, how about throwing down for some raffle tickets? You'll give yourself a chance to win, and you'll support a great cau

Sunday, September 1, 2013

ABC Band Testimonial Video

Listen to what the students and parents are saying about the Elementary School Band Program that has been made available to their schools by ABC Music Stores.

Learn more about ABC Music Stores at