Two rarities are among the compositions of Florent Schmitt to be featured in the upcoming 2022-23 concert season, presented by orchestras in Amsterdam, Berlin, Buffalo, Indianapolis, Lübeck, Saint Louis, Stockholm, Tokyo and Wuppertal.

In addition to multiple presentations of Schmitt’s best-known composition La Tragédie de Salomé, music-lovers will be treated to two mid-career works — In Memoriam and the Symphonie concertante.

Florent Schmitt Portrait Pierrette Lambert 1992

Florent Schmitt’s mid-career music gets marquee treatment in the 2022-23 concert season. (Portrait: Pierrette Lambert, 1992)

It comes as no surprise that in the upcoming 2022-23 concert season, various conductors and orchestras will be presenting Florent Schmitt’s ballet La Tragédie de Salomé. Not only is this the composer’s best-known orchestral work, it’s a piece that’s been on a distinctly upward trajectory in popularity in the past decade — and the beneficiary of more frequent performances.

Ryan Bancroft conductor

Ryan Bancroft

In the coming season, not only will Salomé be conducted by a trio of its most ardent current champions — Sylvain Cambreling, Stéphane Denève and Fabien Gabel — the piece is also entering the repertoire of Ryan Bancroft, the up-and-coming American conductor who was recently named music director of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.

Patrick Hahn

Patrick Hahn

Another young conductor taking up the Salomé mantle is the Austrian musician Patrick Hahn, who was recently named music director of the Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra in Germany.

But perhaps more significant than the trendline for Salomé is the news that several additional compositions by Florent Schmitt are on tap for the coming season — two pieces that haven’t appeared on concert programs anywhere in more than a quarter-century.

JoAnn Falletta conductor

JoAnn Falletta

Both of the works come from the composer’s middle period — a particularly fecund time in Schmitt’s career that also found him at his most musically daring. In November 2022, JoAnn Falletta will lead the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in the diptych In Memoriam — a piece composed by Schmitt in 1922/35 in tribute to Gabriel Fauré, his beloved teacher and mentor.

Yan-Pascal Tortelier conductor

Yan-Pascal Tortelier

Then in February 2023, pianist Tomoki Sakata, conductor Yan-Pascal Tortelier and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra will present Schmitt’s complex, über-brilliant Symphonie concertante — a can’t-miss performance that presages the preparation of a new commercial recording of the piece (the second one ever of this stunning composition).

Thus, the upcoming concert season contains much to whet the appetite and entice Schmittians around the world to mark their calendars and make plans to attend them. Listed below are details on the upcoming concerts, including web links to read additional information and to reserve tickets. (Note: More concerts are likely to be announced in the coming weeks, with this listing updated accordingly.)

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September 11-12, 2022

Lubeck Philharmonic Orchestra logoSchmitt: La Tragédie de Salomé, Op. 50 (1907/10)

Debussy: Jeux

Stravinsky: Le Sacre du printemps 

Lübeck Philharmonic Orchestra; Stefan Vladar, conductor

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October 21-22, 2022

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra logoSchmitt: La Tragédie de Salomé, Op. 50 (1907/10)

Esmail: Vishwas: Testament

Poulenc: Stabat Mater 

Poulenc: Dialogues des Carmélites: Final Scene

Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra & Chorus; Stéphane Denève, conductor

Jeanine De Bique, soprano

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October 29, 2022

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic logoSchmitt: La Tragédie de Salomé, Op. 50 (1907/10)

Abrahamsen: Vers de silence

Ravel: Concerto in D Major for Piano Left-Hand & Orchestra 

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra; Stéphane Denève, conductor

Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano

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October 29-30, 2022

Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra logoSchmitt: La Tragédie de Salomé, Op. 50 (1907/10)

Bizet: L’Arlésienne Suites Nos. 1 & 2

Jolivet: Concerto No. 2 for Trumpet & Orchestra 

Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra; Sylvain Cambreling, conductor

Selina Ott, trumpet

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November 12-13, 2022

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra logoSchmitt: In Memoriam, Op. 72 (1922/35)

Elgar: Concerto in E Minor for Cello & Orchestra

Kodály: Háry János Suite

Walton: Portsmouth Point Overture

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; JoAnn Falletta, conductor

Asier Polo, cello

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February 1-2, 2023

Royal Stockholm Philharmonic OrchestraSchmitt: La Tragédie de Salomé, Op. 50 (1907/10)

Hilli: Miracle

Stravinsky: Concerto for Violin & Orchestra 

Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Ryan Bancroft, conductor

Frank Peter Zimmermann, violin

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February 14, 2023

Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra logoSchmitt: Symphonie concertante, Op. 82 (1932)

Chausson: Symphony in B-Flat Major, Op. 20

Fauré: Penélope: Prélude 

Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra; Yan-Pascal Tortelier, conductor

Tomoki Sakata, piano

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March 17-18, 2023

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra logoSchmitt: La Tragédie de Salomé, Op. 50 (1907/10)

Brahms: Tragic Overture, Op. 81

Stravinsky: L’Oiseau de feu: Suite

Tomasi: Trumpet Concerto

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra; Fabien Gabel, conductor

Håkan Hardenberger, trumpet

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May 24, 2023

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin logoSchmitt: La Tragédie de Salomé, Op. 50 (1907/10)

Poulenc: Concerto in D Minor for Two Pianos & Orchestra

Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales

Richard Strauss: Salome: Dance of the Seven Veils

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Fabien Gabel, conductor

Lucas & Arthur Jussen, duo-pianos

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June 4-5, 2023

Sinfonie Orchester WuppertalSchmitt: La Tragédie de Salomé, Op. 50 (1907/10)

Berg:  Sieben Frühe Lieder

Richard Strauss: Salome: Dance of the Seven Veils and Final Scene

Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal; Patrick Hahn, conductor

Marlis Petersen, soprano

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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).

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