Vézelay musical encounters: a journey through the world and through time

A reference festival for music lovers, the Rencontres musicales de Vézelay, organized by the national vocal art center La Cité de la Voix, returns from 25 to 28 August with a bold and rich program. Three days with no less than twenty proposals and an off-program with a common thread that does not change: the voice in all its diversity, its forms and subtleties.

Baroque, sacred and mutual breeding

“The days start at 8 a.m. with Qi Gong in music, with musician and performer Antoine Jomin for vibrant singing, followed by breakfast in music at 9 a.m. in sublime locations and views of the natural landscape and architectural,” explains François Delagoutte, director of Cité of the Voice. But also two workshops a day, listening sessions, aperitif concerts and even “after” at 22.30. “Since 2019, a magnificent ball has marked the day on Saturday night in connection with one of the festival’s programming axes.
The program is composed of three main notes: the baroque, the crossing of music and the sacred repertoire of the 19th and 20th centuries, in the DNA of musical encounters. “It is also an intention to say that we embrace all types of music. Music is a story of meetings, and that is the whole point of this festival,” says François Delagoutte.

Masterpieces and amazing musicians

It will be an opportunity to discover promising young ensembles, such as Stagioni directed by Paolo Zanzu, who will play Esther, the first English oratorio, composed by Handel after Racine, on 25 August in the Basilica. “We wanted to make resources available for this very little played work. We are also trying to find a balance between the great sacred repertoire and discoveries,” says François Delagoutte.

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Other masterpieces will be on display, featuring Bertrand Cuiller’s Caravansérail playing Scarlatti’s Stabat Mater. “Scarlatti’s Stabat Mater naturally resonates with Poulencs, which Aedes performs the next day, of course with a completely different perspective on this gripping text characterized by an exceptional vocal entanglement.”

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The 2022 edition is also meant to be turned towards the world, always in this spirit of discovery and encounters. On August 26, Quatuor Balkanes and the Latvian Radio Choir will play in Vézelay.

Other highlights will mark the festival. On Friday night, the audience will be invited to follow Les Itinérantes, to a musical escapade with Manon Cousin, Pauline Langlois and Élodie Pont. Saturday night, after the Aedes concert, they will meet for a big gypsy ball, Saturday the 27th of August, with the singer Marcela Cisarova and her fellow musicians. The festival ends on Sunday 28 August at the end of the afternoon with “Petite messe solennelle de Rossini, a work that is in high demand and appreciated by the public.”

The program

Thursday, August 25th

14.30. Listening to the concert at At the Salle des Maréchaux (town hall) in Avallon.
16 hours. Jéliotte, high towards Rameau by A Nocte Temporis. At Collegiate Saint-Lazare d’Avallon, price from 8 to 24 €.
18 hours. Bahia (Cuban and Latin music) with Ana Carla Maza and her musicians. On the terraces of the basilica.
19 hours. Listens to the concert at 21.00. At the barn in Stemmens By. Available
21 hours. Esther of the ensemble Le Stagioni. At the Basilica of Vézelay, prices from 8 to 43 €.

Friday, August 26th

8 hours. Qi-Gong in music with Antoine Jomin. On the terraces of the basilica. Available.
9 hours. Breakfast in music with Ana Carla Maza. At the Domaine de la Croix-Montjoie in Tharoiseau. Available.
10:30 Beatbox workshop with Ommm. Salle Clavel and Vézelay. All from 11 years. Duration 1h30. max 20 seats. Registration required 03.86.94.84.40.
12 hours. Aperitif concert Maita Chén, by Chet Nuneta. On the terraces of the Basilica of Vézelay.
14.30. Gypsy dance workshop with Marcela and Aven Khelas. In the courtyard of the Sainte-Madeleine Center. Available. All without preconditions. max 10 seats. Registration required 03.86.94.84.40. Listening to the concert at At the Assembly House of Vault-de-Lugny. Available.
16 hours. Stabat mater of Scarlatti, by Caravanserai. In the Saint-Germain church in Vault-de-Lugny, prices from € 8 to € 24.
18 hours. Apolonia by the Balkan Quartet. On the terraces of the basilica.
19 hours. Listens to the concert at 21.00. In the barn in Stemmens By. Available.
21 hours. Two Mercy of Peace by the Latvian Radio Choir. At the Basilica of Vézelay, prices from 8 to 43 €.
22:30. By the lantern of the travelers. 22:30 in the garden on the basilica’s terrace.

Saturday, August 27th

8 hours. Qi-Gong in music with Antoine Jomin. On the terraces of the basilica. Available.
9 hours. Breakfast in music with Voice Messengers. In Val en Sel Rose Garden in Saint-Père. Available.
10:30 Bulgarian polyphony workshop with the Balkan Quartet. Salle Clavel and Vézelay. To everyone. Available.
12 hours. Aperitif Concert So far by Ommm. On the terraces of the basilica.
14.30. Listening to the concert at At the Assembly House of Vault-de-Lugny. Available.
Gypsy dance workshop, with Marcela and Aven Khelas. The courtyard of the Sainte-Madeleine Center in Vézelay. Available. All without preconditions. max 10 seats. Registration required 03.86.94.84.40.
16 hours. Transylvania, by the Zene Ensemble. In the Saint-Germain church in Vault-de-Lugny, prices from € 8 to € 24.
18 hours. Paris mon amour, by the ensemble Contraste and Magali Léger. On the terraces of the Basilica of Vézelay.
19 hours. Listens to the concert at 21.00. In the barn in Stemmens By. Available.
21 hours. Stabat Mater by Poulenc, by the Aedes / Les Siècles Ensemble and Marianne Croux. In the Basilica Vézelay, prices from 8 to 43 €.
22:45. Gypsy ball “Michto Drom”, with Marcela and Aven Khelas. On the terraces of the basilica.

Sunday, August 28th

8 hours. Qi-Gong in music with Antoine Jomin. On the terraces of the basilica. Available.
10 hours. Mass with the Aedes ensemble. At the Basilica of Vézelay.
11:00. Participant cantata BWV 32, with the ensemble Masques. At the Notre-Dame church in Saint-Père.
13 hours. As time flies by Voice Messengers. On the terraces of the basilica.
14.30. Listening to the concert at In the barn in Stemmens By. Available.
16 hours. Small solemn Mass by Rossini of the Coro Ghislieri Ensemble, attended by the Anima Ensemble. At the Basilica of Vézelay, prices from 8 to 43 €.

August 26-28

Vocal course. With Voice Messengers set. Friday 26. and Saturday the 27th at the Jeanne-d’Arc school complex in Avallon. Recovery concert on Sunday the 28th at 1 pm on the terraces of the basilica. Price 80 €, upon registration

Maelle Hamma
maelle.hamma@centrefrance.com

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