A trio of classical concerts by three of the world’s most highly-acclaimed musicians will play in Annan and Thornhill at the end of the month.

Debussy specialist pianist Noriko Ogawa, Blüthner artist Samantha Ward and international maestro of cello Johannes Goritzki will delight audiences in Annan and Thornhill on Sunday, 29 May as part of the 2016 Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival.

Brought to the festival by Absolute Classics, these exciting and talented musicians will provide a rare taste of the quality and diversity of music coming to Dumfries and Galloway this year.

In a full day of classical music, which has something inspiring for people of all ages, a Taste of Absolute Classics is a series of high quality classical music recitals in accessible areas of Dumfries and Galloway, performed by internationally renowned artists.

The concerts will be performed on Blüthner grand pianos which are on permanent loan to Absolute Classics, one of which is the only international standard concert grand piano available for public performance in the region.

This enables the classical music charity to bring artists of the highest calibre to Dumfries and Galloway for their concerts and provides communities with the unique opportunity to experience the highest level of performance inside the region’s venues.

Kicking off the series, Noriko Ogawa will give a free Jamie’s Concert at Annan Academy’s Performing Arts Centre at 11am. Noriko is cultural ambassador to the National Autistic society. Her performance includes music from Schumann, Takemitsu and Liszt.

Donations for Jamie’s Concert in Aid of Autistic Children.

At 3.30pm at the Buccleuch and Queensberry Arms Hotel in Thornhill, award-winning Blüthner artist Samantha Ward will perform music by Scarlatti, Brahms and Schumann. Samantha has been described as an ambitious and exciting pianist who brings vivid personality to her performances.

At 7.30pm in the Buccleuch, international maestro of cello, Johannes Goritzki, will perform a programme with music by Beethoven and Reger. Johannes is regarded as one of the most significant cellists of his generation. His musical career has included concert dates at major international festivals and concert halls; an extensive discography and list of professorships.

He will be accompanied by John Thwaites on piano.

Tickets from the Midsteeple Box Office on 01387 253383.

Further information from www. absoluteclassics.co.uk

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