Four important compositions of Florent Schmitt to be featured in the upcoming 2018/19 concert season by orchestras in Buffalo, Norfolk, Paris and Québec City.

Bachtrack LogoThe international Bachtrack website is in the process of uploading its global database of classical music programs for the upcoming season.

Although it isn’t an exhaustive listing of every professional group, the site covers nearly all of the major orchestras, opera and ballet companies around the world, making it the “go-to” resource for information about what’s happening on the classical music calendar.  (Having one of the most robust and easy-to-use search mechanisms of any website of its kind is an added plus.)

The 2018/19 season is just now coming into focus – and we see that four important compositions of Florent Schmitt will be presented by orchestras in Buffalo, Norfolk and Québec City, conducted by JoAnn Falletta and Fabien Gabel.

It’s a bit of a twist this season — in that North America will be experiencing the majority of Schmitt concerts — and it may be the first time when Europe doesn’t represent the largest share of musical activity.  Of course, it’s early days yet and I’m quite sure that more European concerts will come to light.

Several of the events are particularly notable. The Buffalo Philharmonic pieces will be recorded by NAXOS (including one commercial recording premiere), while the Virginia Symphony Orchestra presentation of Antoine et Cléopâtre will feature actors from Shakespeare’s Globe in London performing a dramatic adaptation of Schmitt’s music in conjunction with a “filleted” version of the Bard’s drama.

And for those North Americans who would like to partake in a rare opportunity to experience Schmitt’s blockbuster choral masterpiece Psaume XLVII live, the Québec City performance promises to be a gala occasion, featuring MET opera star Lisette Oropesa and the OSQ Orchestra + Chorus along with a gathering of arts dignitaries — complete with red-carpet runway.

Listed below are details on the upcoming season’s concerts, along with links for more information about the performances and to reserve tickets.

June 9-10, 2018

Orchestre de Paris logoSchmitt: Antoine et Cléopâtre, Suite No. 2, Op. 69b  (1920)

Debussy:  Khamma

D’Indy: Istar

Ravel: Shéhérazade

Roussel: Padmâvatî, Suite No. 2

Orchestre de Paris, Fabien Gabel, conductor

Measha Brueggergosman, soprano

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March 2-3, 2019

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra logoSchmitt: Musique sur l’eau, Op. 33 (1898/1911)

Schmitt:  La Tragédie de Salomé, Op. 50  (1907/10)

Brahms: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta, conductor

Susan Platts, mezzo-soprano

Buffalo Girlchoir

Sarah Chang, violinist

(Schmitt selections being recorded for release on the NAXOS label)

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Virginia Symphony Orchestra logoMay 17-19, 2019

Schmitt: Antoine et Cléopâtre: Suites Nos. 1 & 2, Op. 69 (1920)

(Dramatic adaptation by Bill Barclay)

Virginia Symphony Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta, conductor

Actors of Shakespeare’s Globe (London)

Virginia Arts Festival logoBill Barclay, director

(Virginia Arts Festival Production)

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May 29, 2019

OSQ logoSchmitt: Psaume XLVII, Op. 38  (1904)

Berlioz: Roméo et Juliette, Op. 17 (selections)

Berlioz: Tristia, Op. 18

Debussy: Claire de lune

Thomas: Hamlet: Ophélie’s Scene and Aria (Mad Scene)

Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, Fabien Gabel, conductor

Lisette Oropesa, soprano

Chœur de l’OSQ

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More information on these upcoming concerts can be found on the Bachtrack site, or on the web pages of the six orchestras (click or tap on the orchestra names above).

In the coming weeks, it is likely that additional concerts featuring Florent Schmitt’s music will be announced for the upcoming season. They will be added to the listing above as soon as the information becomes available.

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