Could orchestral concerts benefit from a little more Clawed Debussy, or perhaps some Elena Cats-Chernin? The audience was certainly thrilled when a curious cat became the inadvertent star of a concert by the CCR Symphony Orchestra in Istanbul.

Cat, Orchestra

The cat made headlines in Turkey and around the world, after video emerged of its performance charming musicians and audience alike as it prowled through the legs of the musicians on the stage of the Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall, eventually upstaging the conductor when it joined him on the podium.

The show, of course, must go on, but the cat was unperturbed – resting on the edge of the stage near the cello section to take in the music.

This is not the first time a cute animal has stolen the show at an orchestral concert, with a dog joining the Vienna Chamber Orchestrain Turkey in 2017, and another canine classical music fan interrupting a chamber recitalin Brazil in 2018.


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