Program Requiem by Verdi Orchestra Hélios Conductor Jean-Marie Puissant Chur Variatio / Chur de Grigny Verdi's Requiem, an opera of death? On May 22, 1873, the poet Alessandro Manzoni died. Verdi is upset by the disappearance of the poet, to whom he had addressed a dedication in 1867 I value you and venerate you as much as one can estimate and venerate on this earth, and as a man and as embodying the true honor of our tormented homeland. So the Republican composer wrote the next day to his publisher I am deeply distressed by the death of this Great Man. Perhaps, after weighing and reflecting my strengths, I will offer you something to honor his memory. . On 22 May 1874, the Messa da Requiem was created in the Church of San-Marco in Milan, a performance requiring no less than one hundred and twenty choristers, one hundred instrumentalists and a vocal quartet, all under Verdi's demanding baton. While the majority of critics and the general public seem to appreciate Verdi's work, some criticize him for using a musical language of the opera for a religious work, bringing his Requiem closer to an opera of death . However, this theatricality delighted some, like Bizet: when a passionate temperament, violent, brutal even, when a Verdi enslats the art with a living and strong work, kneaded with gold and mud, fiel and blood, let's not say coldly: 'But, dear sir, it lacks taste, it is not distinguished!' Are Michelangelo, Homer, Dante, Shakespeare, Beethoven, Cervantes and Rabelais distinguished? . Dynamic and eclectic, the Hélios orchestra has established itself since its creation in 2014. Its artistic director, Paul Savalle, promotes the professional integration of young musicians through orchestral practice. Thus, young graduates mingle with orchestral musicians, conductors and experienced soloists, in optimal working conditions. From baroque to contemporary music, the programs are varied. As for the repertoire, it is both symphonic and choral, the orchestra associating itself with the departmental and regional churs. Thanks to the collaboration of different conductors, the musicians approach a very rich repertoire by expanding their range of interpretations. They all come from the great French conservatories, some belonging to a national orchestra. From the string quartet to the symphony orchestra to the brass ensemble, the orchestra always broadens its audience by modulating its composition. String formation takes place in picturesque locations that cannot accommodate a symphony orchestra, allowing the public to discover a rich architectural heritage. In short, thanks to its variable geometry training, the Hélios orchestra approaches the widest repertoire with a passionate curiosity.