Ever made a dog’s breakfast of a recital? These musicians bravely persevered when an enthusiastic canine classical music fan stole the show at a concert in Gravatá, Brazil, joining violist Rafael Garcia and pianist Victor Asunción on stage mid-performance. The dog, named Bolinha, is apparently a well-known face at the X Virtuosi de Gravatá concerts – and this isn’t the first time she’s become part of the performance. (Could it be that Bolinha has saved the audience from many a ‘paw’ performance?)

The video was uploaded to Facebook by an audience member, José Ildo, and it’s already had a quarter of a million views.

Dogs loving classical music isn’t anything new. Earlier this year a study – funded by a dog food company – found classical music to have a relaxing effect on canines. “Upon listening to the score, the dogs’ pulse rates were reduced on average by an impressive 22 percent, proving that classical music can in fact relax, calm and comfort our canine friends,” the company said.

It was around this time last year that another music-loving dog made headlines, with a dog joining the Vienna Chamber Orchestra on stage in Turkey, eventually plonking down next to the concertmaster.

Defying expectations, all of these dogs have been happy enough to listen to music by composers other than Bach.


Limelight, Australia's Classical Music and Arts Magazine