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Richard is the Vice-President of Livermore Valley Opera (LVO). Livermore Valley Opera is one of Northern California's finest regional non-profit 501 (c) 3 opera companies. The 22 year old company presents world class operas at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore and the Firehouse Theater in Pleasanton. Livermore Valley Opera is a professional member of Opera America.

Cantabella Children’s Chorus presents “Let the Merry Bells Ring!”

winter-concert-2016-poster-2Can your talented Indian-American children sing in a chorus of 200 ethnically diverse children?
Check this out!
Dr. Pushpa Krishnan, President of Cantabella Children’s Chorus, invites you to the International Award-Winning Cantabella Children’s Chorus’ Winter Concert 2016 – “Let the Merry Bells Ring!”
When: Saturday, December 10, 2016
1:00 p.m. concert features the Training Choirs joined by segments of the Performing Choirs
4:00 p.m. concert features the award-winning Performing Choirs
Where: Our Savior Lutheran Ministries
1385 So. Livermore Ave., Livermore, CA
Across from Robertson Park, ADA accessible
Ticket info: – or at the door.>
Adults $22; Children under 18 FREE with ticket (Limit 3 children per adult)

Maya Kherani featured in Livermore Valley Opera at the Firehouse Theater in Pleasanton

One Saturday Only!

“Coffee and Seduction at Firehouse”
Saturday, May 24th at 2:00pm
Firehouse Arts Center
4444 Railroad Avenue, Pleasanton, CA

Two one-act classic comedies are given a fresh East Bay twist in this hilarious double bill. These family friendly masterpieces will charm you with their stunning music, and tickle your funny bone with lots of laughs. Comedies sung in Italian with English projections.
Tickets: Children$10
Adults $30-$35
Purchase Tickets:

Comedy # 1: The Coffee Cantata by Johann Sabastian Bach – Bach’s ode to coffee is one all East Bay Area residents can relate to. When a father struggles to break his daughter’s ever-increasing caffeine habit, a coffee shop becomes a battleground in the quest for the perfect drink.

Narrator – Michael Desnoyers, Tenor – A regular with San Francisco Opera Guild and Livermore Valley Opera.
Herr Schlendrian – Sergey Khalikulov, Bass-Baritone – Portland Opera and San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
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Liesgen – Maya Kherani, Soprano – Indian-American Mechanical Engineer from Princeton University (summa cum laude) with minors in Music Performance, Materials Science, and Robotics and Intelligent Systems. At Princeton, she was awarded the prestigious Isidore and Helen Sacks Prize for excellence in music performance. Maya currently attends Stanford University as a Master’s student in Mechanical Engineering. She recently completed her Masters degree in Vocal Performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she studied with Pamela Fry. At SFCM, she was awarded for her outstanding achievement in the departments of Opera, New Music, and Voice. Maya was recently praised for her sparkling voice and stage presence with Houston Grand Opera.

Comedy #2: La Serva Padrona (The Servant Mistress) by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi – A wealthy but grumpy bachelor’s life is turned upside down when his crafty maid sets out to seduce him. Will her increasingly wacky schemes win the day or will she lose his heart – and her job?

Uberto – Sergey Khalikulov, Bass-Baritone – Portland Opera and San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Serpina – Gabrielle Traub, Soprano – Won the Lisa and Bernie Kalvelage Award at The Henry Holt West Bay Opera competition.
Vespone – Alan Briones, Tenor – Livermore Valley Opera and New York City Opera

Event includes a tasty reception with the opera singers and LVO Music & Artistic Director, Alex Katsman.

Firehouse Arts Center 4444 Railroad Avenue Pleasanton, CA 94566
Information: (925) 931-4850
Box Office: (925) 931-4848
Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 12-6pm
Saturday, 10-4pm
Also two (2) hours prior to show time