Arsys Bourgogne

Destination Brazil

sacred and popular 20th century music

Over the last five centuries, the exchanges between Europe, Africa and Brazil have not only been mercantile, but also cultural. Brazilian music has a rich diversity as a result of this triple heritage and cannot be limited to the samba or bossa nova. Indeed, every region in Brazil has its own tradition and musical culture.

This a cappella programme, under the artistic direction of Mihály Zeke and the baton of guest Brazilian conductor Bruno Procopio, is a voyage throughout the different cultures of Brazil.

At the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries, different nationalist currents were developping in the world of Western music. Reseach into popular, folk and indiginous music became more and more frequent. In this moment of musical expansion, Brazil came to occupy an important place in Latin American music history. Many musicians went to study music in Europe, but as soon as they returned to Brazil, they felt the need to explore their roots. Osvaldo Lacerda, Francisco Mignone and Heitor Villa-Lobos, are some of the composers who searched for a national musical identity while not forgetting their origins.

Programme (sous réserve de modifications)

  • Osvaldo Lacerda (1927-2011)

    Ofulú Lorêrê 

  • Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)


  • Heitor Villa-Lobos

    Estrela no céu é lua nova

  • Heitor Villa-Lobos

    Chroro n°3, Pica-Pau

  • Francisco Mignone (1897-1986)

    Jura de Ioiô, Cateretê, Congada

  • Heitor Villa-Lobos

    Bendita Sabedoria

  • Heitor Villa-Lobos

    Ave Maria 

  • Ernani Aguiar (1950)

    Salmo 150 

  • João Guilherme Ripper (1959)

    Sacra Cantilena

  • Heitor Villa-Lobos

    Duas lendas ameríndias em Nheengatu

  • Heitor Villa-Lobos


  • Marcus Leite (1952)

    Três Cantos Nativos dos Indios Kraó

  • Ronado Miranda (1948)

    Suíte Nordestina

  • Marlos Nobre (1939)

    Cancioneiro de Lampião Opus 52

  • Antonio Carlos Jobim (1927-1994)

    Águas de Março

  • Caetano Veloso (1942)

    Alegria, Alegria

Période de diffusion : Starting 2017

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Arsys Bourgogne — Mihály Zeke artistic direction
Bruno Procopio guest conductor

Effectifs indicatifs

18 people : 16 singers, 1 conductor, 1 support staff

Durée du programme

90 minutes with intermission


Présentation des artistes

  • Bruno Procopio © Jean-Baptiste Millot
    Bruno Procopio © Jean-Baptiste Millot

    Bruno Procopio, chef invité

    Following his studies at the Paris Conservatory (CNSMDP) with Pierre Hantaï and Christophe Rousset, conductor and harpsichordist Bruno Procopio has pursued a varied and active international career. His activities as music director, soloist, and chamber musician have been enriched by his unusual talent for cultural entrepreneurship. In 2007 he founded the record label Paraty Productions – distributed worldwide by Harmonia Mundi – whose business model was recently praised in a feature article by Le Monde (“L’économie baroque du disque de classique”, 3 March 2016). Procopio is also co-owner of one of France’s most influential classical music websites: ClassiqueNews.

    Bruno Procopio works in close collaboration with the Versailles Baroque Music Center (CMBV) to bring French Baroque repertoire to major South American opera houses and orchestras, with whom he has a long-standing special relationship.

    A regular guest conductor of the Simón Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, Bruno Procopio recorded the album “Rameau in Caracas” which received multiple distinctions including Classica Magazine’s “Choc” Award and 5 stars from Diapason Magazine. The recording was selected as Album of the Week by both Le Figaro in France and Classic FM in the U.K.

    Prestigious orchestras such as the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra (OSB), the Manaus Opera Orchestra of Brazil, the Liège Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, “Les Siècles” Orchestra and Chorus, the Simón Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela and numerous other institutions have benefited from his expertise.

    Always enthusiastic to share his knowledge, Procopio has given masterclasses in universities across Latin America including Rio de Janeiro’s UNIRIO, Simón Bolívar University in Caracas, and Chile’s Catholic University. He was also a guest at Beijing’s Central Conservatory, and regularly teaches harpsichord at the Accademia Villa Bossi in Italy.

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