snow in the field

Yukiko Tanaka, pianist

for my Carnegie Debut...

"At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. At midnight the cry rang out: 'Here's the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!' Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8The foolish ones said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.' 'No,' they replied, 'there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.' But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. Later the others also came. 'Sir! Sir!' they said. 'Open the door for us!' But he replied, 'I tell you the truth, I don't know you.' Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.h (Matthew 25:1- 13)



I thank each one of you for attending my debut recital. I appreciate that you chose to come here despite this busy time of the holiday season. Speaking of holiday, we expect to do a lot of fun things, such as partying and shopping. However, on top of these things, as a person of faith, in my case Christian, I look forward the Messiahfs coming and am especially reminded of this hope during this season. The Messiah will come as Immanuel God with us and transcend the time and space. He has promised to come. What a wonderful promise is it!


The past 3 years in my life in New York is a journey of faith. Right after I moved to NYC, Jesus broke my stiff heart and accepted me as one of the children of God. Since then, I was free from many concerns and nasty feelings that had bounded me for a long time and my life is blessed with joy.


However am I always readying for Messiahfs coming? Havenft I sometimes forgotten about God because I was too happy and everything was going well? Havenft I spent time in bad things? Havenft I used God instead of serving for him? Havenft I skipped serving and praying because of my schedule? Have I always walked in the light of God? When I look back to my past, I realize that I am weak and I am a sinner. God has been so merciful and patient and waiting for me to, gcact justly love mercy and walk humbly in His wayh (Micah 6:8).


Below are lyrics from one of the songs I play today which is about being ready for Messiahfs coming. Nobody knows when the day will come. Therefore, we always make ready.


Wachet Aufc Wake up, awake, for night is flying: The watchmen on the heights are crying. Awake, Jerusalem, at last! Midnight hears the welcome voices and at the thrilling cry rejoices.

Come forth, ye virgins, night is past!

The Bride-groom comes, awake. Your lamps with gladness take. Alleluia! And for his marriage feast prepare, for ye must go to meet him there. (Hymn 366)

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