Japanese-born, Chicago-based flutist Yukie Ota encountered a peculiar distraction as she played in the first round of the Carl Nielsen International Flute Competition in Odense, Denmark.
A majestic butterfly wanted a front row seat during Ota’s performance, obviously wooed by the beautiful sound of her flute. So it did what butterflies do, by fluttering its wings and landing right on Ota’s nose. The flutist wasn’t fazed at all, keeping her calm and embracing the butterfly’s magnificent landing. Ota finally interacted with the butterfly at the end of her piece.
(Source: Kanal tilhørende Odensesymfoni)
I respect her tenacity to finish her performance. I would have knocked myself out with the flute. I tend to react poorly to insects, no matter how majestic they seem.
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