Absolute Classics Festival (3rd – 12th August)
At The Theatre Royal in Dumfries – for accessibility information click below
Fri 3 August @ Theatre Royal, Dumfries – 7.30pm
Two multi-award-winning musicians, Huw Wiggin, saxophone, and John Lenehan, piano, make a welcome return to Dumfries. Their diverse programme spans the centuries from 15th century Baroque to the hugely popular 20th century Argentinian tango composer, Astor Piazzolla, taking in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebeealong the way.
Sat 4 August @ Theatre Royal, Dumfries – 7.30pm
Dumfries & Galloway’s own tenor, Nicky Spence is joined by one of the world’s most sought-after dramatic sopranos, Susan Bullock. Accompanying the duo in an evening opera highlights by Wagner, Puccini and Verdi and popular songs will be pianist, Audrey Hyland.
Mon 6 August @ Theatre Royal, Dumfries – 7.30pm
Known for his flamboyant personality, as well as his world-class voice, tenor Nicky Spence, will return with Audrey Hyland to perform a programme of Strauss, Holst and Schumann songs.
Wed 8 August @ Theatre Royal, Dumfries – 7.30pm
The acclaimed Fedorova Ensemble, Eldbjørg Hemsing, violin; Anna Fedorova, piano; Georgy Kovalev, violin; Benedict Klöckner, cello; and Nicholas Schwartz, double bass, will perform Brahms’ Piano Quartet No 2 and Schubert’s famous ‘Trout Quintet’.
Thu 9 August @ Theatre Royal, Dumfries – 7.30pm
Back by popular demand, Opera Bohemia and a small orchestra will present Verdi’s Falstaff. Based on Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, the opera revolves around the unlikely, plump protagonist, Sir John Falstaff and his farcical attempts to seduce women in order to gain access to their husbands’ wealth. Falstaff is as energetic and exciting musically as it is dramatically. This promises to be a thrilling night!
Fri 10 August @ Theatre Royal, Dumfries – 7.30pm
The exciting young cellist Benedict Klöcknerleads us into the weekend with a wholesome programme of Schumann, Shostakovich and Brahms. Klöckner has made a name for himself the world over, having performed throughout Europe, USA and South America. Sharing the platform for this performance will be pianist Anna Federova.
Sat 11 August @ Theatre Royal, Dumfries – 7.30pm
Pianist Dmitry Masleev took the First Prize and the international spotlight when he won the most recent International Tchaikovsky Competition (2015). He is guaranteed to dazzle the audience. In high demand worldwide, Dmitry has confirmed his status as a pianist who has virtuoso brilliance and musicality of metaphysical proportions. His programme features works by Tchaikovsky, Scarlatti, Liszt and Prokofiev.
Alongside the professional concerts, Absolute Classics works throughout Dumfries & Galloway to bring new, exciting and innovative educational opportunities for local young people. The Festival programme includes a series of one-to-one masterclasses with the visiting musicians for young people. These masterclasses and all the concerts are free of charge for everyone under 26 years of age and resident in Dumfries & Galloway.
For tickets and information on the Festival or to book a place on the masterclasses, visit www.absoluteclassics.co.uk