The Butterfly That Almost Crushed This Woman’s Hopes and Dreams…
Japanese-born, Chicago-based flutist Yukie Ota encountered an unusual obstacle as she played in the first round of the hugely competitive Carl Nielsen International Flute Competition in Odense, Denmark, which includes flutists aged 13 to 29.
As Ota played for the judges, a butterfly first landed in her hair and then settled on her left eyebrow as she continued to perform.
Regardless of who wins this competition on Sept. 20, we say: Give Ota a prize for grace under pressure. Her flittering little friend didn't faze her at all.