2016-17 Season | A Few Words from our Executive Director
Thor directed opera and theater at venues worldwide. He joins the VPAC staff following posts as Senior Vice President at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and as the Music Center's Vice President responsible for the opening of downtown LA's Grand Park.
In the new season, VPAC gets serious. Serious about presenting and producing performances across a broad spectrum. This would be a good year to become a series subscriber and immerse yourself in theater, classical music, or dance. Or to expand your horizons across the globe as VPAC explores World and Latin music.
Don’t get me wrong. We know how to have a good time. We will bring you a new series featuring the big band sound — crisp horns and a swinging rhythm section! On November 1 we celebrate Dia de los Muertos with political satirists Culture Clash in an evening of music and comedy that is sure to lighten the mood one week before the Presidential election. We call this mash-up Vote or Die Laughing.
The season also includes the serious talents of the superstars — Tyne Daly, Jerry Herman, Wynton Marsalis, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Doc Severinsen, Lila Downs, and Aida Cuevas are among their ranks. And for the second year, I have invited artists to bring to VPAC performances that can only be seen here. These one of-a-kind creations are noted on pages 24 and 25 ("VPAC originals").
Our commitment to families continues with our Sunday matinee series. This year’s series reads like a storybook, with visually stunning theater and dance pieces from around the world. Turn the pages to find a colorful book-within-the-book that shares the Sunday matinees and World Music performances. I know that your total VPAC experience is important. Beginning this season, full priced tickets and subscriptions will include the cost of parking. This new perk among other ongoing improvements make VPAC one of the best arts and entertainment values in Los Angeles. A series subscription gets you a prime seat for the action.