2. Symphony Concert

Donald Runnicles Conductor
Thomas Meining Violin
Jörg Faßmann Violin
Karen Cargill Mezzo-Soprano
Michael Schade Tenor

Arvo Pärt

  • »Tabula rasa«, Concerto for two Violins, String Orchestra and prepared Piano

Gustav Mahler

  • »Das Lied von der Erde«

Seeking out hidden things

»I will go and wander in the mountains. I seek peace for my lonely heart.« Two lines from the closing movement of Mahler’s »Lied von der Erde« – a musical farewell, followed by a transition as a kind of promise: »Everywhere and forever, distant places are blue and bright!« In »Tabula rasa«, Arvo Pärt also poses the question of hidden meanings: »In troubled times I can quite clearly sense that everything extraneous has no meaning. Multiplicity and multifacetedness only confuse me, so that I have to seek the One.«

  • 14.10.2017
    11:00 Uhr
  • 15.10.2017
    20:00 Uhr
  • 16.10.2017
    20:00 Uhr

Donald Runnicles

Since the 2009/2010 season Donald Runnicles has been music director of the Deutsche Oper in Berlin. He is also chief conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, principal guest conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and has directed the Grand Teton Music Festival since 2005. He enjoyed a sensational US debut in 1988 after stepping in at short notice to conduct a production of »Lulu« at New York’s Metropolitan Opera.

Two years later his »Ring« cycle at San Francisco Opera led to his appointment there as music director, a position he held from 1992 until 2009, during which time he was involved in more than 60 productions. Donald Runnicles is a regular guest at the world’s foremost opera houses, and is regarded not only as an outstanding conductor of opera but also of the symphonic repertoire.

Thomas Meining

Assistant 1st Concertmaster

The violinist and Kammervirtuose Thomas Meining graduated from Dresden’s Special School of Music before studying under Annemarie Dietze at the city’s Carl Maria von Weber College of Music. During this time he also attended numerous masterclasses by internationally renowned violinists such as Wolfgang Marschner and Václav Snítil. Thomas Meining was a prizewinner at national and international youth competitions. In 1985, at the age of twenty-two, he joined the ranks of the Staatskapelle Dresden. Only two years later he became the orchestra’s assistant first concertmaster. As concertmaster of the Musica Viva Ensemble Dresden, to which he has belonged for twenty years, and as the first violinist of the Dresden String Quartet, Thomas Meining has dedicated himself to the performance of contemporary music and the chamber repertoire. He began these activities directly upon taking up his orchestral duties with the Staatskapelle Dresden.

In 1999 he was awarded the Fritz Busch Prize of the Dresden Semperoper. Thomas Meining has appeared as a soloist with the Staatskapelle and has performed on multiple occasions with the Hamburg State Opera Orchestra, the Elbland Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dresden Chamber Orchestra and the Cypriot State Orchestra Nicosia. Concert tours as a soloist and chamber musician have taken him to various cities in Germany and to leading music festivals in Salzburg, Schleswig-Holstein, the Rheingau, Lugano and Warsaw. He has also made guest appearances in France, the Netherlands, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Russia, China, Cyprus, Japan and the USA. As first concertmaster, Thomas Meining has been repeatedly invited to perform with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also given master classes at the University of Fine Arts and Music in Tokyo. In January 2009 he gave the highly successful Dresden premiere of Ferruccio Busoni's Violin Concerto, composed in 1896 for the then concertmaster Henri Petri, together with the Staatskapelle Dresden.

Jörg Faßmann

Assistant 1st Concertmaster

Born in Dessau in 1966, Jörg Faßmann started violin lessons at the age of five. Only four years later he gave his solo debut with an orchestra. He studied violin from 1983 to 1989 at the Leipzig Conservatory of Music under Gustav Schmahl and Klaus Hertel as well as under Reinhard Ulbricht in Dresden. He has been a prize-winning entrant in international violin competitions.

After joining the Staatskapelle Dresden in 1987, Jörg Faßmann became deputy concertmaster in 1989. Alongside his orchestral duties, he has been a member of the Dresden String Trio since 1995, during which time the group has performed many concerts in Europe and elsewhere and produced numerous CDs. 

In addition he has collaborated for many years with the pianist Gunther Anger, frequently appearing at chamber music festivals and performing regularly in the Semperoper Dresden. As a solo performer he has been invited to appear with a number of German orchestras on tour in Italy and in Asia.

Furthermore, since 1991 Jörg Faßmann has been on the faculty of Dresden’s Conservatory of Music. In 2009 he was appointed to teach a masterclass at the Conservatorio Real Superior in Granada. In the same year he was invited to give concerts and workshops at the University of Wisconsin.

Michael Schade

Gefeiert als einer der führenden Tenöre unserer Zeit, ist der Deutsch-Kanadier Michael Schade regelmäßig auf den wichtigsten Opern- und Konzertpodien zu erleben. Er ist er gern gesehener Gast bei den Festivals in Verbier, Luzern, Salzburg, Grafenegg und Glyndebourne, gleiches gilt für Häuser wie die Berliner und Hamburgische Staatsoper, die Mailänder Scala, die Metropolitan Opera sowie die Canadian Opera Company. Eine besonders enge Zusammenarbeit verbindet ihn mit der Wiener Staatsoper, wo er in allen Mozart- und Strauss-Partien seines Fachs zu hören war. 

Michael Schade widmet sich aber auch intensiv der Konzertliteratur und dem Liedgesang und arbeitete dabei mit Orchestern wie den Berliner und Wiener Philharmonikern, dem Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, sowie den Orchestern von New York Philharmonic, Cleveland, Boston, Toronto und Montreal unter Dirigenten wie Ivor Bolton, Semyon Bychkov, Riccardo Chailly, Valéry Gergiev, Daniel Harding, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Mariss Jansons, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Kent Nagano, Sir Simon Rattle, Christian Thielemann und Franz Welser-Möst zusammen. 

Michael Schade hat eine Vielzahl von CDs vorgelegt, wobei sein breites Repertoire von Bachs Passionen bis hin zu Mahlers »Lied von der Erde« reicht. 

Er ist Initiator des Young Singers Project der Salzburger Festspiele und künstlerischer Leiter der Stella Maris International Vocal Competition. Im Jahr 2014 übernahm er zudem die künstlerische Leitung der Internationalen Barocktage Stift Melk. 2007 wurde ihm der Titel »Österreichischer Kammersänger« verliehen. Seit 2017 ist Michael Schade »Officer to the Order of Canada (OC)«.