concert de l'opéra de Nice, musique de chambre, violons, auditorium du musée, vitraux de Marc Chagall, "La Création du monde" (détail, 1972-1973). Photo : DR / musées nationaux du XXe siècle des Alpes-Maritimes (c) Adagp, Paris, 2021.

Chamber music concert #3

J. Benichou / C. Schumann / C. Franck
Monday December 4, 2023, at 8:00 pm
Musée national Marc Chagall

CYCLE OF 10 CONCERTS, 2023-2024 season

by musicians of the Nice Philharmonic Orchestra
artistic direction : Vincent Monteil
a co-production of the Opéra de Nice and the Musée national du XXe siècle des Alpes-Maritimes

The Marc Chagall national Museum and the Philharmonical Orchestra of Nice continue their long-standing collaboration: for over twenty years, chamber music has resounded in the exceptional setting of the museum's concert hall, facing Marc Chagall's stained-glass The Creation of the World windows.

Program on Monday December 4, 2023, 8pm
Benichou / C. Schumann / Franck

  • Jonathan Benichou (born in 1981), String quartet, Initiation (world premiere)
  • Clara Schumann (1819-1896), Trio in G minor, op. 17 (1846)
  • César Franck (1822-1890), Quintet with piano and strings fw7 in F minor (1880)

Piano : Jonathan Benichou
Violin : Volkmar Holz
Violin : Christiana Gueorguieva 
Viola : Julien Gisclard
Cello : Victor Popescu

Find out more about this evening's program...

Theme and Variations "Initiation" for string quartet 
This theme and variation presents a series of miniatures in which four combinatorial notes sow a fervent prayer, a collective initiation revealed within a permanent dialectic between elevation towards the spirit and descent into the abyss of matter as intoxicating as it is inspiring. For me, "Initiation" evokes this awareness of learning about fullness and emptiness, light and shadow, in the midst of a multitude of ideas as whimsical as they are real.

I wanted to delve deeper into the lyrical links where string instruments are free to vibrate to the sound of a string, a challenging melody. The dissonances are only there to reinforce the feeling of friction between the testing collective initiation of a world as crazy as it is complex, and the link with a more interior initiation. Composing this work is an initiation for me, as it's the first time I've composed for this group. I dedicate this work to collective initiation.
Jonathan Benichou, composer


Concert in the auditorium of the Marc Chagall national Museum
Duration: about 1 hour
Reservation recommended at the Opera box office on +33 (0)4 92 17 40 79
To access the online booking, click here.

To discover the full programme of Opera concerts for the 2022-2023 season at the Chagall Museum, click here.


Violin concert, in the museum auditorium, in the presence of Marc Chagall's stained glass windows The Creation of the World (detail, 1971-1972). Nice, Musée national Marc Chagall © Photo: DR / musées nationaux du XXe siècle des Alpes-Maritimes © ADAGP, Paris, 2023.

The museum is open every day except Tuesdays, January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.
From November to April: from 10am to 5pm
From May to October: from 10am to 6pm

Full price: €12
Student price: €5

Reservations recommended with the Opéra box office on 04 92 17 40 79
To access online booking, click here


All audiences
Chamber music concert #4
Monday January 15 2024, on 8:00 pm