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Arts & Entertainment - October 8, 2021

Longtime opera volunteers retire from roles

Jim and Bonnie Schmidt to stay involved in less demanding positions

by By Dolores Fox Ciardelli

Jim and Bonnie Schmidt, longtime volunteers with the nonprofit Livermore Valley Opera, recently retired from their positions as board president and production manager, respectively.

"Bonnie and I are very pleased to have been a part of the maturing of LVO over the past 14 years," Jim Schmidt said. "We are stepping down but not going away, but will continue to volunteer with LVO."

Jim Schmidt will continue to assist the board with a variety of projects, including the improvement and integration of business systems. Bonnie Schmidt will manage the Nob Hill set storage facility, procure props, and work with the set-building crew.

Keith Sawyer is the new president of the Livermore Valley Opera board of directors.

"Jim and Bonnie have been central to the growth and success of LVO, and we appreciate their continued support and assistance," Sawyer said.

Sawyer begins his new role as president as the opera company celebrates its 30th anniversary season, returning to live performances at the Bankhead Theater this weekend.

During the pandemic, Livermore Valley Opera presented two online concert series on the LVOpera Channel on YouTube that received more than 2,350 views. It also posted former operas on the channel, reaching more than 70,000 viewers.

Also the opera company has increased the value of its endowment to improve its future security.

"The opera is in very good hands with Keith Sawyer and our talented board and volunteers," Jim Schmidt said.

A key focus area going forward is recruiting volunteers, which are needed to produce the quality operas. To find out more about volunteering, visit LVOpera.com.

'Celebrate!' opens opera season

Livermore Valley Opera opens its 30th anniversary season of 2021-22 with "Celebrate!" this weekend. The live gala concert at the Bankhead Theater will be presented at 8 p.m., Saturday (Oct. 9) and at 2 p.m., Sunday (Oct. 10), with lead singers from past productions for an enjoyable opera experience for audience members of all ages.

Purchase tickets through the Bankhead Theater, online, at the box office window (2400 First St. in Livermore), or by phone at 373-6800. Ticket holders will be required to show proof of vaccination when entering the Bankhead Theater.

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