Seven important compositions of Florent Schmitt to be featured in the upcoming 2019/20 concert season by orchestras in Antwerp, Augusta, Buffalo, Hiroshima, Maastricht, Montréal, Paris, Perth, Québec City and Shanghai.

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

Although it doesn’t provide a comprehensive listing of every professional group’s events, 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 2019/20 season is just now coming into focus – and we see that seven important compositions of French composer Florent Schmitt will be presented by orchestras and chamber ensembles in Antwerp, Buffalo, Hiroshima, Maastricht, Montréal, Paris, Perth, Québec City and Shanghai, conducted by Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Lionel Bringuier, JoAnn Falletta, Fabien GabelJaime Martin, Julien MasmondetDirk Meyer and David Stern.

Florent Schmitt 1937 photo

The 150th birthday anniversary of Florent Schmitt, who lived from 1870 to 1958, happens in 2020. (Photo: Lipnitzki/Roger-Viollet, 1937)

The upcoming concert season is particularly significant in that the year 2020 is the 150th birthday anniversary year for Florent Schmitt, thus providing an opportunity for additional focus on this composer and his artistic legacy. Already we’re seeing the inclusion of orchestral pieces that aren’t the usual concert fare, and hopefully additional performance plans will come to light in the same vein.

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

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July 12, 2019

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

Fauré: Pelléas et Mélisande Suite, Op. 80

Ravel: Tzigane

Saint-Saëns: Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso

Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra; Kazuyoshi Akiyama, conductor

Arabella Steinbacher, violinist

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October 3-5, 2019

West Australian Symphony Orchestra logoSchmitt: Rêves, Op. 65  (1915)

Berlioz:  Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

Ledger: Viola Concerto

West Australian Symphony Orchestra; Fabien Gabel, conductor

Brett Dean, viola

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October 15, 2019

Schmitt: Andante et scherzo, Op. 35  (1903-06)

Caplet:  Conte fantastique

Cras: String Trio

Hersant: La Chute de la maison Usher

Oxalys Ensemble

Annie Lavoisier, harp

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November 8, 2019

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

Holst:  The Planets 

Wagner: Das Rheingold: Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla

Augusta Symphony; Dirk Meyer, conductor

Women of the Augusta Choral Society

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February 22, 2020

Antwerp Symphony Orchestra logoSchmitt: Antoine et Cléopâtre, Suite No. 2, Op. 69b  (1920)

Poulenc: Concerto in D Minor for Two Pianos & Orchestra

Ravel: Ma Mère l’oye: Suite

Ravel: La Valse

Antwerp Symphony Orchestra; Jaime Martin, conductor

Lucas & Arthur Jussen, duo-pianists

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March 6-7, 2020

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra logoSchmitt: Musiques de plein air, Op. 44  (1904)

Schmitt: Oriane et le Prince d’Amour: Suite, Op. 83b  (1933)

Debussy: Prélude a l’après-midi d’un faune

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; JoAnn Falletta, conductor

Konrad Skolarski, piano

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

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March 14-15, 2020

Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal logoSchmitt: La Tragédie de Salomé, Op. 50  (1907/10)

Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales

Salonen: Helix

Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 77

Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal; Lionel Bringuier, conductor

Leonidas Kavakos, violinist

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Shanghai Symphony Orchestra logoMarch 21, 2020

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

Tian: Concerto for Violin & Orchestra

Webern: Im Sommerwind

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra; David Stern, conductor

Olga Sroubkova, violinist

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May 27, 2020

OSQ logoSchmitt: Musique sur l’eau, Op. 33  (1898/1913)

Aubert: Habanera

Debussy: Cinq poèmes de Baudelaire: Le jet d’eau

Duparc: Three Songs (Chanson triste; Phidylé; Testament)

Poulenc: La Dame de Monte-Carlo

Ravel: L’Enfant et les sortilèges

Orchestre Symphonique de Québec; Fabien Gabel, conductor

Helene Guilmette, Marie-Éve Munger, Chantal Parent, sopranos

Antoinette Dennefeld, Geneviève Levesque, Stéphanie Pothier, mezzo-sopranos

François Piolino, tenor

Jean-Francois Lapointe, baritone

Robert Huard, bass

Le Chœur de l’Orchestre Symphonique de Québec

La Maîtrise des petits-chanteurs de Québec

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May 28, 2020

Schmitt: La Tragédie de Salomé, Opus 50  (Original version – 1907)

Ensemble Les Apaches; Julien Masmondet, conductor

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More information on these upcoming concerts can be found on the Bachtrack site, or on the web pages of the various arts organizations (click or tap on the links 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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