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No, this is not a joke!
“CATcerto” is a serious orchestral piece by Lithuanian composer Mindaugas Piečaitis, in collaboration with Nora, the Piano Cat. I am not even kidding.
Mr. Piečaitis was inspired to write a concerto after seeing one of Nora’s YouTube videos. For the performance of CATcerto, Mr. Piečaitis conducts with Nora, the guest soloist, appearing in a pre-recorded video projected onto a large screen behind the orchestra.
The world premiere of CATcerto was performed by Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra in the Klaipėda Concert Hall in Klaipėda (Lithuania) on 5th June, 2009. Since then, CATcerto has been performed in cities and countries around the globe.
Nora, the Piano Cat
You might have seen one of Nora, the Piano Cat’s YouTube videos all ready. Or maybe caught one her performances on Wild Animals or The Today Show.
ABC News, with Matt O’Donnell, brought Nora into the spotlight back in 2007. Back then, her YouTube video had 600,000 views. Now her videos have over 25,000,000 views and the numbers keep on climbing.
In 2010, CATcerto was in the Guinness World Records as the first concerto ever written for a cat. Eat your heart out Garfield!
Still don’t believe me? Watch the following video of the entire performance of CATcerto.