Rapauke-Finale in the Großer Sendesaal
Final Concert of the Rapauke Series
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
“Ein Sommernachtstraum” – Ouvertüre op. 21 und Ausschnitte aus der Schauspielmusik op. 61
“Rapauke-Suite” für Orchester über “Ein Sommernachtstraum”
(Auftragswerk des RSB, Uraufführung)
Steffen Tast - Conductor
Steffen Tast was born in 1965 in Berlin.
After studying violin at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” Berlin in 1987, he became a member of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin (RSB). In the same year, his interest in contemporary music led him to the chamber ensemble “Kammerensemble Neue Musik” Berlin (KNM).
In recent years, he has been appearing increasingly as a conductor. Initially, the focus was on working with KNM Berlin. This was followed by invitations as a conductor with the Ensemble Oriol, the Kammerakademie Potsdam, the Ensemble Modern, and the Ensemble Ascolta Stuttgart. Since 2005 he has been regularly conducting chamber orchestra concerts with members of the RSB and their orchestra academy, and also symphony concerts as part of the family- and school student concerts of the orchestra since 2014. In his home village of Klein Leppin in north-western Brandenburg, he was one of the initiators of the project “Dorf macht Oper” (“Village makes opera”) in 2005 and has since been its musical director.
Steffen Tast is involved as mentor in the orchestra academy of the RSB.
Idee und Moderation
Idee und Moderation
A family dream summer
Craftsmen's march and elves' round dance, night song and rowdy dance - it's incredible what can happen in a single summer night. The dream makes it possible. We know the immortal "A Midsummer Night's Dream" overture by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, but we hardly know about all the other pieces he composed at the time as incidental music for Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream".
The Spanish composer Nuria Nuñez-Hierro goes one better. She relates Mendelssohn's ideas to the much-praised summer nights in her home country. Her "Suite for a Midsummer Night's Dream" was commissioned by the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and written with the support of the Spanish embassy especially for the "Rapauke" finale. Nuria Nuñez Hierro enriched the RSB's "Rapauke" concerts for a year with small compositions. Now, on Sunday afternoon in the RSB Family Concert, the grand finale with the entire orchestra beckons - exactly two days before the summer solstice.