Inspiring. Religious. Beautiful. Every August (in 2015, Aug. 20-23), the enchanting village of Vézelay in Burgundy, some 90 minutes' drive west of Dijon, France brings the rich sounds of classical, spiritual, gospel and liturgical music together in one room during its annual "Rencontres Musicales de Vézelay."
Vézelay, dubbed "One of the Most Beautiful Villages in France" and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a charming town perched high on a hilltop in Burgundy.
Home to stone Romanesque houses and the magnificent Basilica of St. Mary Magdalene - a brilliant work of Romanesque art and architecture that is said to contain relics of Mary Magdalene herself - it personifies typical Burgundian character.
The village will host the 4-day festival, showcasing 10 concerts of vocal and instrumental excellence with the best choirs and orchestras from all over Europe. They perform timeless religious masterpieces from the Renaissance to present day beneath the basilica and along its surroundings. This concert will fill your soul with spiritual renditions of sacred classics and contemporary ensembles, creating an overall uplifting celebration of voice.
See the "Rencontres Musicales de Vezelay"in Burgundy from a Hotel Barge Cruise!
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