Last night my husband and I had the pleasure of joining the in the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Restoration of Lithuania’s Independence. Lithuania’s Ambassador to Turkey, Kestutis Kudzmanas, and his wife have been in Ankara for several years. We were lucky enough to have met them a few years ago and have been invited to their celebration twice.
The Ambassador knows how to put on a great show! Last night, we were entertained by the Baltic Guitar Quartet – four young and talented classic guitarists. All I can say is, “Wow!” After the show, I had to speak to them. I was sitting back a few rows and couldn’t always see what they were doing. At one point, I was certain I heard a snare drum. (Remember? I took lessons for 9 years!) They explained that they had somehow twisted the guitar strings as they plucked them. Really cool.
They played the Carmen Suite, a grand German classical piece, and four that they had written or arranged themselves. My two favorites they had done, “Fenestrae” and “Summer Dance.” Here they are on YouTube playing Summer Dance.
The Ambassador will be leaving Turkey soon. He and his wife are really a charming couple, and they will be missed here in Ankara!
We wish them all the best and congratulate them again in celebrating Lithuania’s freedom!
The Baltic Guitar Quartet’s Website: