A flutist abroad: Woodbury native performs in Italy
Performing in Italy was another step toward a dream for Anna Swanson.
The Woodbury native, who is entering her junior year at Concordia College in Moorhead, participated in the InterHarmony International Music Festival from July 4-17 in Acqui Terme, a city in the province of Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy.
A flutist for 10 years, Swanson plays the instrument in her school's Concordia Band. She learned of the festival from her flute teacher, who attended as a professor.
The festival orchestra, made up of about 125 musicians, performed three pieces: Mendelssohn's Hebrides overture, for which Swanson played the main flute part; Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony, for which she played second flute; and Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D Major.
She was also part of two chamber ensembles, or smaller groups of musicians, during the festival, playing alongside other flutists, a choral singer, a trio of pianists, and string players.
"It was a great experience to play with these chamber groups because I wouldn't have the opportunity to play with these kinds of ensembles or with people from as various of backgrounds as were there," Swanson said in an email.
Though she recently added a social work major on top of her music performance major, Swanson said her ultimate goal is to play in a professional orchestra one day.
"The festival was a lifetime opportunity that helped me to grow both as a musician and a person," Swanson said. "The people there were so amazing, and I still keep in touch with many of them. The teachers also helped me in all aspects of my musicianship during my time at the festival."