"""Hot! Hot! Hot!" — the symphony's pre-Valentine's Day concert — warmed a bitterly cold evening Friday with 15 spicy samples of dance music from the Caribbean and Latin America. In the process, guest conductor and pianist
Victor Vanacore exposed the underlying beat that continuously renewed the
Latin influence in American popular music from the 1950s into the 1990s.
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By Todd von Kampen
WORLD-HERALD Correspondent

“Victor Vanacore worked with us in Charlotte and I recommend him without reservation. His charts were just what we needed. Highly cinematic. He gets it. Drop the light classical and give Victor a test drive. His charts are excellent and the addition of his conducting adds a spark to the evening.
Our most complete pops show in years.

After the Vanacore show there was a buzz outside the hall. Board members remarked that friends were contacting them about what a great evening they had and how exciting the orchestra sounded. "

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David Mills
Charlotte Symphony, Aspen Music Festival


"Victor Vanacore Marries Dance, Symphony for 'Hot! Hot! Hot! Show"

Tony Sauro
Record Staff Writer

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“Leading both the Renaissance Orchestra and his touring group of musicians and singers, the personable arranger/conductor/pianist presented "Red, White and Blues, The Star Spangled Rhythms of America". And as the music kept coming, the beat just got better in the two-hour show at Glendale's Americana at Brand
on Thursday night.”
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Bill Peters
The Glendale News-Press

"It was Hot, Hot, Hot at DeVos Performance Hall on Friday for the Grand Rapids Symphony's Pops Series
show titled "Hot! Hot! Hot!".
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The Grand Rapids Press

“Victor Vanacore knows the power of music”
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"Victor Vanacore brought his arrangements, dancers , and his own energy and excitement to Stockton for 2 performances of Hot, Hot, Hot with the Stockton Symphony.

The atmosphere was tremendous as was the show and the crowd reaction."

David Hyslop,
Interim General Manager
Stockton Symphony

"As the second act began, Vanacore, a great artist, conductor and arranger, led the Napa Valley Symphony in a marvelous piece he’d created. It was the blending of George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody In Blue” with an old favorite, a samba called “Brazil” — a surprising mix that worked like a charm."
Ev Parker
Napa Valley Register

“What an absolute knockout! Thanks so much for creating a milestone concert for
the Rutgers University music department.”
Ralph Bowen
Director of Jazz Studies
Rutgers University

“Fine work by the enthusiastic conductor, Victor Vanacore.”
Jen Graves
Tacoma New Tribune

“His arrangements were universally acknowledged by the musicians as being particularly good.”
Spokesman Review

“At the Hollywood Bowl concert the orchestra was smartly conducted by Victor Vanacore.”
Zan Stewart
Los Angeles Times

“One of the enjoyable aspects of Sunday’s show was that the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Victor Vanacore seemed to have something important to do”
On Wisconsin Magazine

Vanacore was honored as the hometown boy done good, but
the truth is that he was much better than good.
John Mangan
New Haven Register

“On Friday at the Hollywood Bowl a trimmed down Los Angeles Philharmonic
was conducted efficiently by Victor Vanacore”
Don Heckman
Los Angeles Times

“Ray Charles sang in front of the superb arrangements of his conductor Victor Vanacore”
The Hollywood Reporter

“Victor Vanacore? He’s my man!”
Ray Charles

“I like to sing different songs now an then. With Victor he makes it possible. He plays the piano, can write music on the spot, can rehearse all within 5 minutes and I can sing it that night. We have traveled the world together. I knew when we stopped traveling and he started his own project it would be a short time before he would be on the stage by himself. How proud I was to be in the audience at the Hollywood Bowl and watch Victor perform by himself.”
Johnny Mathis