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A flutist abroad: Woodbury native performs in Italy

Woodbury native Anna Swanson poses with her flute during the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Italy. Submitted photo1 / 2
The orchestra performs at the InterHarmony International Music Festival in July 2018 in Piedmont, Italy. Submitted photo2 / 2

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."

Hannah Black

Hannah Black is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. She is a proud graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism. Outside of reporting, she enjoys running, going to museums and trying new coffee shops. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her dog, Wendell.

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