- The 77th Season of Concerts 2018–2019
- Mettis String Quartet with Gabrielius Alekna, piano
December 9 at 3:30
West Building, West Garden Court
As part of the Lithuanian Centennial Celebration, the National Gallery of Art, in collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania, presents a concert by Lithuanian musicians and prizewinners of international competitions, the pianist Gabrielius Alekna and the Mettis String Quartet. They have teamed up to present various facets of Lithuanian modern classics: from the string quartet by Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis, the founder of professional Lithuanian schools in visual arts and music, to Čiurlionis-inspired MiKonst for piano and strings by the outstanding contemporary composer Remigijus Merkelys. Lithuanian works will be complemented by American contemporary classics, such as the String Quartet no. 2 (Company) by Philip Glass, and an exciting masterpiece from the golden age of Western European cultural heritage, Piano Quintet by Robert Schumann. The concert will conclude a series of events that were offered by the Lithuanian Embassy to Washingtonians in 2018 to commemorate 100 years of restored Lithuania and to celebrate its long-lasting partnership with the United States.
Presented in collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania