symphony in bossa

big band and orchestra

Symphony in Bossa is a collaborative effort that represents some of the best writing of the extraordinary arranger, the late Bill Zaccagni. His arrangements reflect his passion for Brazilian music with lush and beautiful sounds, combined with the popular and exciting performance by Minas.

Incorporating Brazilian standards as well as some originals by Minas, Symphony in Bossa has been performed at various venues including The University of the Arts (Philadelphia, PA), Ocean City Pops (Ocean City, NJ), University of North Carolina School of the Arts (Winston-Salem, NC), University of Delaware (Newark, DE), Moravian College (Bethlehem, PA), World Cafe Live (Philadelphia, PA), The Merriam Theater of Philadelphia, and Pennsbury School District with standing ovations every time.

Symphony in Bossa was indicated for 4 Grammy Awards in 2015: Best Latin Jazz Album, Best Instrumental Composition (Amazonia), Best Arrangement Vocal, and Instrumental (Triste), and Best Engineered Album.

Arranged for Big Band and Strings or Pops Orchestra

For Symphony In Bossa Bookings:

Andersen and Associates, Inc.


>> watch videos on youtube

Behind the scenes – the making of Symphony In Bossa

Triste from Symphony In Bossa

>> listen here

Symphony In Bossa by Minas


I thought the whole thing went great, and I've had numerous enthusiastic comments both in person and by email from many people who attended. You probably know that they had to turn away many people at the front door because it was an overflow crowd and there just wasn't enough room for everyone who wanted to hear it. It was wonderful to have you guys here, and the performance was a smashing success! A highlight of our year.

Professor Ron Rudkin
Jazz and Music Theory, School of Music
Director, Jazz Band
University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Hello, Orlando and Patricia.

Thanks you so much for such a wonderful weekend of music. I really enjoyed your friendship, musicianship, and creative talents! I know the students enjoyed themselves and I have been receiving RAVE reviews from audience members. Thanks for making our jazz/orchestra concert a success!!!

Please convey my gratitude to your band members for sharing their outstanding musical contributions with the Moravian College students and audience.

Neil D. Wetzel, EdD
Associate Professor of Music
Hurd Chair in Art and Music
Director of Jazz Studies
Moravian College
Bethlehem, PA

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