Victor Vanacore

Victor Vanacore

Conductor

Redefining Symphony Pops
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2015HOT! HOT! HOT!Conductor/Pianist/Arranger
2013HOT! HOT! HOT!Condunctor/Pianist/Arranger
2011JUMP! JIVE N' WAILConductor/Pianist/Arranger
2000HOT! HOT! HOT!Condunctor/Pianist/Arranger

Bio

  VICTOR VANACORE Symphony Pops Conductor/Arranger/Pianist   Grammy Award winner Victor Vanacore has been at the nexus of popular music for more than 25 years. Widely respected for his versatility, he has had a long history of fruitful collaborations with the biggest names in the entertainment industry as a conductor, pianist, composer and arranger.   Mr. Vanacore’s latest musical incarnation is that of symphony pops conductor. Recent and upcoming engagements include the Grand Rapids, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Charlotte, Jacksonville, Buffalo, Phoenix and St. Louis Symphonies, among others. He has also worked with orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Houston Symphony, Seattle Symphony and San Francisco Symphony. Abroad he has worked with the philharmonic orchestras of Calgary, London, Belgrade, Bratislava, and Skopije as well as the Hanover Pops, the Mozarteum Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras of Sydney, Melbourne, Edmonton and Vancouver.     In conjunction with his career as a conductor, Mr. Vanacore has had numerous associations with celebrity vocalists. He served as conductor, keyboardist and musical arranger for the Jackson Five as well as conductor and arranger for the Fifth Dimension. Not long afterward, Johnny Mathis hired him as musical director for his world tour. He joined Barry Manilow for 6 years in the same capacity, receiving album credits including “If I Should Love Again,” “Barry Live in Britain,” “Barry,” and “The Greatest Hits.” More recent recording projects have included collaborations with Natalie Cole, Teena Marie, George Benson and Dave Koz.     Additionally, Mr. Vanacore feels honored to have enjoyed a close ongoing relationship with the musical icon Ray Charles, whom he met in 1990. They remained colleagues and friends until Mr. Charles’ passing in 2004, during which time he served as his musical director, arranger, and opening act. Ray Charles’ only platinum album entitled “Genius Loves Company” features Mr. Vanacore’s orchestral arrangements, including the Grammy-winning “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” with special guest Johnny Mathis.     As a composer/arranger, Mr. Vanacore’s recent work has included the Motown themed “Detroit Soul” for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra; “America Then and Now” for the New Jersey PublicTelevision Network; “Spain Meets Birdland” for the Berklee College of Music’s 60th Anniversary; and original neoclassical music based on the texts of Pope John Paul II, which he composed at the request of Placido Domingo. He has also been composing in collaboration with his brother David on the critically acclaimed hit CBS show “Survivor.” Other television credits include music for the 2005 Academy Awards show, Donald Trump’s “The Apprentice,” and “American Idol.” He received the 2009 Telly Award for his musical contribution to the City of Hope cancer center’s fundraising video entitled “Thank You.” Recent CD’s include Natalie Cole, Teena Marie, George Benson, and Dave Koz   ,These past few years have seen Maestro Vanacore as composer-in-residence at the Festival of The Arts' Pageant of the Masters, where he is commissioned annually to provide compositions and arrangements of all
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Musical Work Jump-in ready? Company Year
HOT! HOT! HOT! Immediately Stockton Symphony Orchestra 2015
HOT! HOT! HOT! Immediately Tucson Symphony Orchestra 2013
JUMP! JIVE N' WAIL Immediately Hartford Symphony 2011
HOT! HOT! HOT! 2000