Everybody wants to be in show business.
As if performing in a classical music contest wasn't stressful enough, flautist Yukie Ota had to deal with an overly aggressive fan in the form of a butterfly perched on her face. Not only did the winged distraction fail to throw off her concentration, she handled it so well, it looked like the flute-r fly may have been trained as part of the act. Good thing, too, because shrieking during a flute solo is the kind of thing classical music snobs frown upon. So it's safe to assume that killing a butterfly will cost you points with the judges.
This was only the first round of competition, which ends on September 20th. Hopefully the judges took Ota's ridiculous concentration into account, because unless she pulls out a trick involving a bird or a cat, it's going to be tough to wow the judges after this performance.
(by Jonathan Corbett)