Happy Thanksgiving 2016!

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It’s been a while since my last post in October, but Duo YUMENO’s recital at New York Buddhist Church on 10/16 was a success, and we would like to thank everyone who attended the concert!

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We also had some memorable performances in the beautiful state of Connecticut, such as our recital at Greenwich Historical Society (10/18), performance/demonstration at Riverside Elementary School (11/7) and a recital at Edgehill Senior Community in Stamford (11/19).

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As far as performance with orchestra goes, I had a wonderful time being part of Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic’s cello section on November 12. It was a great privilege working with Maestro Lawrence Loh and soloist Arnaud Sussmann.

Janufa by Leos Janacek

Yoko and I had a chance to catch Wagner’s “Tristan and Isolde” and Janacek’s “Janufa” at the Metropolitan Opera. Both performances were powerful and moving. “Janufa” especially was a revelation.

Kiga Kaikyo / Straits of Hunger (1964)

A retrospective of Japanese film director, Tomu Uchida was held at MoMA, and I had a chance to see “Mori to Mizuumi no Matsuri,” “Kiga Kaikyo” and “Kagirinaki Zenshin.” Most of Uchida’s works are rarely shown even in Japan, but it was great to catch even a glimpse of his rich filmography.

And of course, who could forget the historic presidential election on 11/8!? No matter what happens from now on, we must try hard to move forward. Let’s make this world a better place for all of us.

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