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Exceptional concert for the centenary of the birth of René Girard

December 17, 2023 18:00 p.m. - 23 p.m.


The program bears witness to the musical and literary references of this thinker of violence and the origin of culture.

To evoke the death of Christ, an innocent victim, two of the Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross by Joseph Haydn will be interpreted. In reverse symmetry, the omnipotence of the eponymous hero will take place, through Wagner's symphonic poem Siegfried-Idyll. Next comes the creation of a work by Charly Mandon, entitled Concerto ritual for quartet and orchestra. We will discover the original power of music, that of initiating community unity through trance.

Music therefore being at the initiative of the collective phenomena of designation of the scapegoat, a musical and literary prologue will be declaimed, personifying this formidable force of musical art. As a tribute, Symphony No. 22, known as “The Philosopher” by Joseph Haydn, will finally be offered.

  • Musical direction, Débora Waldman
  • Composer, Charly Mandon
  • Narrator, Loïc Corbery Member of La Comédie Française
  • Girard Quartet


  • Full price: 40 €
  • Reduced price: €20*
  • Group rate: €30**
    * Social minimum, under 25s, people with disabilities and students
    **From 10 people

Good to know

  • Duration of the concert: 1h40
  • Doors open at 17 p.m.
  • Our animal friends are not allowed during the visit (except guide dogs)
  • Due to a large number of steps, the visit to the monument is not accessible to people with reduced mobility
  • Non-modifiable, non-refundable


17 December 2023
Time :
18 pm - 00 pm
Event Category:


Palais des Papes
[ Palace Square Avignon] 84000 France


Avignon Tourism
Phone Number
04 32 74
See the Organizer website

Implementation exercise of the PSBC of the Palais des Papes Tuesday February 27, 2024

The Palais des Papes will therefore be exceptionally closed to visitors until 12 p.m., and access to pedestrian traffic on the square in front of the monument will be limited.

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