Eight important compositions of Florent Schmitt to be featured in the upcoming 2021-22 concert season by orchestras in Detroit, Hamburg, Kyoto, Malmö, Osnabrück, Paris, Saratoga Springs and Tokyo.

In a classical music world finally emerging from the COVID-19 crisis, orchestras are beginning again to program “large orchestra” works that had been embargoed due to social distancing requirements. It bodes well for French composer Florent Schmitt’s big, highly colorful scores.

Florent Schmitt Portrait Pierrette Lambert 1992

Florent Schmitt’s music comes roaring back in the 2021-22 concert season as the music world emerges from the COVID crises. (Portrait: Pierrette Lambert, 1992)

The year 2020 was one of several important anniversaries for classical music composers.  The biggest one, of course, was Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday anniversary.  But 2020 was also the 150th anniversary of Florent Schmitt’s birth.

Accordingly, the number of orchestral performances planned for Schmitt’s anniversary season was the largest amount seen in recent history.  But then the COVID-19 pandemic burst onto the scene with little warning, scuttling concerts throughout the world.

Nearly all of the Florent Schmitt concerts planned in 2020-21 were casualties as well — except for several in Japan and Germany that were able to go on because they required only chamber-sized ensembles which could be accommodated in highly restricted performance environments.

Thankfully, with the dawn of the new concert season we’re now seeing new signs of life for orchestras, and for devotees of Florent Schmitt’s music, it means the opportunity to experience seven of Schmitt’s important orchestral works in concert planned for the United States, Europe and Japan.

Listed below are details on the upcoming season’s concerts, along with web links to  find out additional information about the performances and ticket reservations.  (Note:  More concerts likely to be announced in the coming weeks, as some orchestras are publishing their program calendars later than usual.)


September 23 (Paris) & 25 (Evian-les-bains), 2021

ONF Macelaru logoSchmitt: Le Palais hanté, Op. 49 (1900-04)

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9

Tchaikovsky: Concerto in D Major for Violin & Orchestra, Op. 35

Orchestre National de France; Cristian Măcelaru, conductor

Leonidas Kavakos, violin


October 13 (Tokyo) & 14 (Kyoto), 2021

Sinfonia ShizuokaSchmitt: Lied et scherzo, Op. 54 (1910)

Françaix: Concerto for Trombone & Wind Ensemble

Françaix:  Le Gai Paris

Gipps:  Sinfonietta

Poulenc:  Sonata for Horn, Trumpet & Trombone

Satie:  Sonnerie pour reveiller le bon gros roi des singes

Sinfonietta Shizuoka; Tomoya Nakahara, conductor

Yoshiyuki Tsukihara, French horn

Tadaaki Kato, trombone

Jun’ichiro Sugiki, trumpet


October 28, 2021

Malmo Symphony Orchestra logoSchmitt: Suite en trois parties, Op. 133 (1955)

Dukas:  Polyeucte Overture

Jolas:  Onze Lieder for Trumpet & Orchestra

Poulenc:  Les Biches, Ballet Suite

Malmö Symphony Orchestra; Fabien Gabel, conductor

Håkan Hardenberger, trumpet


December 13, 2021

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

Bonis: Salomé, Op. 100

Richard Strauss: Salome: Dance of the Seven Veils

Stravinsky: Le Sacre du printemps

Osnabrück Symphony Orchestra; Andreas Hotz, conductor

Osnabrück Theatre Women’s Chorus


February 18, 2022

Sinfonia ShizuokaSchmitt: Janiana Symphony for Strings, Op. 101 (1941)

Ferroud: Symphony in A Major

Hindemith:  Konzertmusik for Strings and Winds, Op. 50

Ladmirault:  Rhapsodie gaélique: Chanson écossaise des basses-terres

Sinfonietta Shizuoka; Tomoya Nakahara, conductor


April 22-23, 2022

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

Bonis: Salomé, Op. 100

Hillborg: Concerto for Cello & Orchestra 

Richard Strauss: Salome: Dance of the Seven Veils

Detroit Symphony Orchestra; Fabien Gabel, conductor

Nicolas Altstaedt, cello


May 12, 2022

ONF logoSchmitt: Reves, Op. 65 (1915)

Schmitt: Psaume XLVII, Op. 38 (1904)

Poulenc: Concerto for Two Pianos & Orchestra

Stravinsky Le Chant du rossignol

Orchestre National de France; Fabien Gabel, conductor

Marie Perbost, soprano

Karol Mossakowski, organ

Chœur de Radio France

Katia & Marielle Labèque, duo-pianists


May 19, 2022

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

Britten:  Les Illuminations, Op. 18

Debussy:  Nocturnes 

Hamburg Symphony Orchestra; Sylvain Cambreling, conductor

Women’s Voices of the Europa Chor Akademie Görlitz

Sebastian Kohlhepp, tenor


June 24, 2022

Mostly Modern Festival logoSchmitt: Légende, Op. 66 (1918)

Barber: The School for Scandal Overture, Op. 5

Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber

Paterson: I See You

American Modern Orchestra; Scott Terrell, conductor

Wilson Poffenburger, saxophone


More information on these upcoming concerts can be found 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 is known.

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