Butterfly nearly shatters flutist’s dreams

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DENMARK – The beautiful sounds from a flutist during a highly competitive international competition attracted a little butterfly, which nearly crushed her hopes and dreams.

Yukie Ota, Japanese-born and Chicago-based flutist, was performing during the first round of Carl Nielsen International Flute Competition when the butterfly landed on her head. It continued to move on her face, flapping it’s wings for a minute.

The musician was unfazed and presented a flawless performance.

The several day competition draws flutists aged 13 to 29 to Denmark. Ota advanced to the second round.

The finals are scheduled for Sept. 20, but regarding of who wins, Ota won the prize for grace under pressure.

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