Winter concert

Hi, this is Yoshi. A winter concert was held by my mandolin orchestra. During my stay in the US from this January, I attended three concerts; the first is in a church, the second is at a courtyard of city hall, the third is in a mansion as shown in this picture. The building was about 120 years old. It was built for a rich family and now is a cultural center in the city. I was very glad to play in such a good place. I think we are not so competitive orchestra, but the environment of the place made our sound more beautiful.

We played many songs mainly of Italian traditional music. A violinist joined as a soloist for some of them. However my favorite is always "The Star Spangled Banner". It is the national anthem of the US and played at the beginning of concerts. Whenever I play this song, I feel I would be a member of this great country.