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Burgundy’s professional choir with a European standing
Classical music concerts are one of the highlights of the Burgundy calendar. Visitors to the region and locals alike find themselves irresistibly drawn to the Basilica at Vézelay, the Hospices de Beaune, St. Bénigne in Dijon, the Abbey at Cluny and a host of other famous landmarks to hear the music of the masters presented in the stunning surroundings. The acoustics may not be perfect, the seats may not be the height of comfort but the occasion is undoubtedly special.
Arsys Bourgogne is a professional choir with a fine reputation across Europe. Up to 42 singers perform Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary works from Bach to Biber. The choir sings not only on home turf but across France, Spain, Luxembourg and Switzerland, working with various instrumental ensembles such as the Seville Baroque Orchestra and Concerto Koln.
Pierre Cao founded the choir in 1999. Born in Luxembourg, this classical orchestral conductor found that he had a particular talent for choral work. Having built up a fine reputation, in 2015 he handed over the direction to Mihály Zeke, an exacting act to follow. Each August the choir performs at the highly popular Vézelay Music Festival in the small town where the choir is based. New practice rooms, studios, a small concert space and administrative offices opposite the Basilica indicate just how established it has become.