Valley Performing Arts Center

Grammy-Winner Victor Vanacore Conducts

Sunday, October 8, 2017



Sunday, October 8, 2017


7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Grammy-Winner Victor Vanacore Conducts


Ford Amphitheatre
2580 Cahuenga Blvd. E
Los Angeles, CA


Grammy Award-winning conductor/composer Victor Vanacore, at the nexus of popular and classical music for 30 years, conducts the highly anticipated world premiere of his latest work, La Sorgente, a collection of 10 neo-classical arias composed to the poetry of Pope John Paul II, on Sunday, October 8, 2017, 7:30 pm, at the John Anson Ford Theatre in Hollywood. Vanacore, an “epic” artist (Calgary Herald) whose music has been described as “ethereal” (Stage and Cinema), leads a 45-piece orchestra, 2 sopranos and 4 tenor soloists. Guest artists include soprano Lisa Eden, hailed for her “warm, velvety tone…and thrilling dynamic facility” (Washington Post), and tenor Orson Van Gay II, lauded for his “smooth as silk, equally R&B and operatic crooning” (Singerpreneur). As a conductor, pianist, composer and arranger, Vanacore has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, including the Jackson Five, Natalie Cole and Ray Charles, whose only platinum album entitled “Genius Loves Company” features Vanacore’s orchestral arrangements, including the Grammy-winning “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” the Los Angeles Philharmonic and St. Louis and San Francisco symphonies, to name a few.

The 10 poems featured in the 90-minute La Sorgente come from Pope John Paul’s book of meditations, Trittico Romano: Meditazioni (The Roman Triptych: Meditations), widely regarded as his spiritual last testament. Vanacore’s richly orchestrated arias, both secular and sacred, recount stories from the Pope’s personal experiences in the great outdoors, of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel and the Old Testament. Timeless and inspiring, they illuminate the universality of man and man’s relationship to nature.

Profoundly moved by the Pope’s poetry, Vanacore, in conjunction with veteran producer Kate Atkinson and longtime friend and colleague Richard Allegro (together as production company Back East Entertainment), acquired all worldwide media rights to Karol Wojtyla’s (Pope John Paul II) words in Trittico Romano: Meditazioni from the Vatican’s publishing house, Libreria Editrice Vaticana. Back East Entertainment received a Los Angeles Arts Commission Grant, enabling La Sorgente, as part of John Anson Ford’s partnership program, to be premiered at the historic 1,100-seat amphitheater located in the Cahuenga Pass and one of the oldest continuously operating arts venues in Los Angeles.

Tickets for La Sorgente range from $48 - $98. The John Anson Ford Theatre is located at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd E., Los Angeles, CA 90068. For tickets and information, please visit or call 323-461-3673.

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