Ten important compositions of Florent Schmitt to be featured in the upcoming 2019/20 concert season by orchestras in Antwerp, Augusta, Boston, Buffalo, Cluj, Hiroshima, Maastricht, Montréal, Mulhouse, Paris, Perth, Québec City, Rio de Janeiro, Rochefort, Shanghai and Zeeland.

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 ten important compositions of French composer Florent Schmitt will be presented by orchestras and chamber ensembles in Antwerp, Boston, Buffalo, Hiroshima, Maastricht, Montréal, Mulhouse, Paris, Perth, Québec City, Shanghai and Zeeland, conducted by Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Lionel Bringuier, JoAnn Falletta, Fabien Gabel, Ira Levin, Jacques Lacombe, Jaime Martin, Elias Miller, Julien MasmondetDirk Meyer, Ivan Meylemans, Gottfried Rabl 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.  Among them is Schmitt’s rarely performed original 1907 version of his famous ballet La Tragédie de Salomé — scored for a chamber orchestra but double the length of the revised version from three years later.

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


June 27 (Brouwershaven), 28 (Aardenburg) & 29 (Veere), 2019

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

Mahler: Symphony No. 4: Final Movement

Mendelssohn: Psalm XLII

Poulenc: Gloria

Het Zeeuws Orchestra; Ivan Meylemans, conductor

Anneke Luyten, soprano

Musica Cordis Chorale


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


Apollo Ensemble of Boston logoJuly 20, 2019

Schmitt: Lied et scherzo, Op. 54  (1910)

Bizet: Symphony in C Major

Mozart: Don Giovanni, K. 527: Overture

Richard Strauss: Suite in B-Flat Major for Winds, Op. 4

Apollo Ensemble of Boston; Elias Miller, conductor

Jimmy Zhou, horn


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


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


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


January 1 & 5, 2020

Orchestre Symphonique de MulhouseSchmitt: Rapsodie viennoise, Op. 53, No. 3 (1904/11)

Heuberger: Der Opernball: Im chamber séparée

Lehár: Giuditta: Meine Lippen sie küssen so heiss

Lehár: Die lustige Witwe: Vilja-Lied

Johann Strauss II: An den schönen blauen Donau, Op. 314

Johann Strauss II: Éljen a Magyar, Op. 332

Johann Strauss II: Die Fledermaus: Mein Herr Marquis

Johann Strauss II: Im Krapfenwald’l, Opus 336

Johann Strauss II: Perpetuum Mobile, Op. 257

Suppé: Morning, Noon & Night in Vienna Overture

Orchestre Symphonique de Mulhouse; Jacques Lacombe, conductor

Odile Heimburger, coloratura soprano


February 7, 2020

Transvylvanian State Phliharmonic Orchestra of ClujSchmitt: Psaume XLVII, Op. 38 (1904)

Dukas: L’Apprenti sorcier

Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte

Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole

Kowalsky: Calamitas (world premiere performance)

Transylvanian State Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus of Cluj-Napoca; Gottfried Rabl, conductor

Aida Pavăl-Olaru, soprano


February 21-22 (Antwerp) and 22 (Ghent), 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


March 6-7, 2020

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra logoSchmitt:  Légende, Op. 66  (1918)

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

Nikki Chooi, violinist

Konrad Skolarski, piano

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


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


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 Šroubková, violinist


May 9 & 17, 2020

Theatro Municipal Rio de Janeiro logoSchmitt: La Tragédie de Salomé, Op. 50  (1907/10)

Chausson:  Poème de l’amour et de la mer, Op. 19

Miranda: Horizontes

Villa-Lobos: Choros No. 10

Theatro Municipal Orchestra of Rio de Janeiro; Ira Levin, conductor

Theatro Municipal Chorus

Rosana Lamosa & Michelle Menezes, sopranos


May 18 (Rochefort) and May 28 (Paris), 2020

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

Touchard: Loïe

Ensemble Les Apaches; Julien Masmondet, conductor


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


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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