My first impression upon my arrival to the city was a strong one. Although I wasn’t sure what I expected exactly, what lay out before me was definitely not it. St. Petersburg was, by far, the most beautiful place I had ever seen. One of my favorite parts of my stay was seeing the architecture. The buildings in the city were mostly Baroque and Classical styles. The rooms had high ceilings, brightly colored walls, and impossibly intricate crown molding.
I practiced my flute program in what was essentially the attic of a palace for around three to five hours every day for a week preparing for my performance. On the morning of my concert which was June 5, I was so nervous. It was like any other day, walking down the brick side walk along the canal on my way to the Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace. When I got there I ran the program once as practice in a large theater room downstairs. In a few minutes, it was time to go on. Once the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra was finished taking their sets on stage, I took in a shaky breath, and stepped out on to the stage as well and made my way upstage. I looked out to the audience to find every seat occupied. The room was dark, while spotlights lit up the stage. Remnants of light from the setting sun spilled in through the two floor-to-ceiling windows in the very back of the room. "This is actually happening." I had to keep saying to myself, because it just didn't seem plausible. My thought process was broken when the audience began their applause. I snapped back to attention to see our conductor making his way to the platform. After the tuning note was given and everybody was ready, the conductor's arms went up, and the song began. I counted the rests carefully feeling more and more nervous as my entrance approached. When it finally did, the sound of my flute danced with the harmony of the orchestra. The sound filled every space of the room with the flourish of fast phrases, and wholesome sound of the slower movements. At the end of each piece I began to feel my nerves melt away and be replaced by confidence. I had never felt so accomplished as I did in that moment when the concert had ended and the applause carried on. The whole experience was so much more than I could have ever hoped for, and I will forever be grateful for having such an opportunity in my life.
The performance over all displayed my determination, perseverance, discipline, and of course passion. With those four components, anybody could make their dreams come true just as I had. Life is too short for people to not take advantage of opportunities that are presented to them. You can't just sit around and wait for something significant to happen to you. You have to make it happen with hard work and dedication.
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