VIRAL VIDEO: Dog Interrupts Austrian Orchestra

Billboard Magazine reports:

Orchestral performances are often considered the most high-art of music events, but things did get a little ruff at a recent Vienna Chamber Orchestra concert in Ephesus, Turkey, when a wandering dog came onstage during a performance of Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony No. 4.

In a new video, a very slow-moving, sandy-colored Labrador finds himself onstage, garnering a great deal of applause and laughter from the audience. Nevertheless, the orchestra kept playing and the dog was a good boy who just took a front-row seat to enjoy the music.

  • Pollos Hermanos

    I hope somebody gave him a forever home after that.

    • AJ Drew

      The way he plopped down beside that violinist, it appears the dog chose who that somebody should be!

      • Pollos Hermanos

        My best guess is that the sweet little guy is probably a stray who used that outdoor theater as a place to sleep.

        The band was in his spot.

      • David Walker

        Doggy lay down beside the concertmaster. Doggy knows politics.

  • netxtown

    Labs – life wouldn’t be the same without ’em!
    (got one….and he wants a buddy!)


    He wanted them to stop playing Mendelssohn and play Bark.

  • Gustav2

    Music soothes the savage b(r)east.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    They should name the dog Beethoven like the movie. πŸ˜€

    Oh boy Trump has really lost it now. LOL

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      Made me look.

    • Stogiebear

      His pants were already full of shit.

    • DumbHairyApe

      So, now his skull is empty?

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        • Nowhereman

          Go sit on it and spin, Spammy.

  • Bluto

    That pooch is clearly out of fucks to give. Good doggy!

    • Pollos Hermanos

      Poor guy looks super skinny. Obviously in need of a place to go.

  • Nic Peterson

    Quick! Fetch the bag of dog chow, I can see that one’s ribs for Pete’s sake!

  • Leo
    • Tomcat

      Hope so , but not holding breath.

      • Bubba in TX

        It’s already started. Trump’s Republican cronies are going after acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe.

    • Acronym Jim

      I hope those rogue NYC agents who leaked the Wiener investigation details (which turned out to be nothing) to ghouliani are quaking in their boots.

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  • Harveyrabbit

    Aww, doggie just want to bark it’s butt down for a spell and everyone laughs at him. It’s not like he went bach and forth across the stage to create an ARFull distraction. They should have pawsed the concert and given him some kibble for which I’m sure he’d be furever grateful. When he gets home he’ll have some tail to tell the kids.

  • Frostbite

    He knows good music.

  • AJ Drew

    Well, that’s one dog whose twitching-legs dreams we can interpret!

  • Stogiebear

    Aside from the whole upstaging the orchestra thing he’s a well behaved pup!

    Speaking of animals being where you don’t suspect them… This morning the cat and I played football. As I swung my leg to get out of bed he went flying across the room and into a chest of drawers. For some reason he hasn’t been as talkative this morning. I suspect he’s planning revenge.

    • Gustav2

      Hide your shoes…they may get a ‘surprise’ meant for the litter box.

    • djcoastermark

      You’re in big t-r-o-u-b-l-e now buster.

  • Natty Enquirer

    A nice break from the funereal atmosphere that otherwise seems to dominate classical music performances. Although this was apparently more of a “pops” event β€” the conductor missed a comedy opportunity to halt the orchestra and go pet the dog.

    • Bubba in TX

      As a professional orchestral musician, I’m bummed that you think sitting quietly and listening to classical music=funereal. (I don’t mean that as a personal dig against you, I’m genuinely bummed.)

      • Natty Enquirer

        That straw man was easy to knock over, wasn’t it? I didn’t say anything of the kind. I’m talking about the frequently overbearing seriousness of the atmosphere, complete with mourning dress.

    • RoFaWh

      The Boston Pops (the Boston Symphony Orchestra under its other name) has the right idea. All the seats are taken out of Symphony Hall and the place turned into a cafΓ© with tables and chairs where everyone sits, eats, drinks, and listens to the music.

      Oddly enough, it might be claimed that Arthur Fiedler, the long-time conductor of the Boston Pops, was a better conductor than those hired to conduct the BSO.

      • tb

        False. I played a pops concert with Arthur Fiedler and he was not better than BSO conductors.

  • DumbHairyApe

    Dogs hear differently from humans. I can’t help but wonder what the music sounded like to him.

  • Tawreos

    That poor thing looks awful skinny, I hope someone fed him. Dogs should always be plump and happy.

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      He’s probably a stray who has set up housekeeping in and around the archeological site, and lives on food scraps the tourists contribute. I bet he sleeps on that stage most nights.

  • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

    Everyone likes good music! Everyone.

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  • Dan M

    I remember my grandmother telling about going to the Cincinnati Summer Opera when she was young. It was held at an outdoor venue at the Cincinnati Zoo. The concert area was near where the peacocks were and often when a soprano hit a high note the birds would start screaming along with her. Nice memory because it makes me think of my grandmother laughing when she talked about this. πŸ™‚

    • Derrick Johns

      LOL Thanks for sharing your grandmother’s memory. Brightened my day.

    • Lindoro Almaviva

      not only that, the elephants would also join… For what understand. A couple of my teachers did those gigs and spoke about them both being a lot of fun and rather unnerving.

      for years, every time Aida was done at Music Hall, the Zoo was happy to send at least one of the elephants. The thing would walk in, the audience would applaud, the elephant would boy and the audience proceeded to would lose their shit.

      I was about 10 feet from the elephant when it happened in 95.

  • Igby

    Thank you Joe. I needed this smile. A refreshing break from the news.

  • Acronym Jim

    I feel bad. The last time Bill Bear tried that, it….didn’t go so well.

    Poor guy.

  • TKW

    I once was at a small painful play that was like watching nails on a blackboard until a cockroach walked across the stage and stopped midstage. I made the whole show!

    • Acronym Jim

      Pssst. Unless that is self-deprecating humor, you might want to edit your comment.

      Just a friendly heads-up.

  • Celloman G

    My string quartet does an annual concert for a local winery. Last year, we did The Four Seasons by Vivaldi. There is a movement in the “Summer” concerto where the viola plays the role of a barking dog. There is no cello or harpsichord in this section. During the movement, one of the winery dogs wandered up between the keyboard player, Irina, and me wanting scratches and petting. Didn’t make a sound…just like the dog in this video. At the end of the movement she just sauntered off as if she knew we had to play the next movement. Priceless and hilarious!

    • RoFaWh

      Oooooh, someone who plays in a string quarter.

      Last night I was listening to Dvorak string quartets played by the Stamitz Quartet (in a monster box of Dvorak from the Brilliant label). They are incredibly beautiful.

      I know that other composers are usually ranked in the top, but I think Dvorak may be the best of all. Unsung but still the very best.

      • Celloman G

        The Dvorak quartets are indeed beautiful. We only regularly hear a couple of the 14 that he wrote. The Op. 51 E-flat, and the Op. 96 “American”.

        The G-major quintet (with bass) is quite enjoyable, too. Just performed that last season.

  • Lindoro Almaviva

    That os some amazing taste for a dog. My 2 pooches would prefer me not to listen to all the opera I do.

  • Lindoro Almaviva

    If it had been one of the stage managers I worked with at IU, he would have been screaming at the top of his lungs “That was not your cue! That was not your Cue!”

  • Hanwi

    Dogs are just awesome!

    • coram nobis

      And this one was well-behaved, didn’t howl or seek attention, simply settled down to enjoy the music like any concert-goer.

      • 2guysnamedjoe

        Who’s a good boy?

  • Jay Mills

    thanks, I need a bit of humor to wash down the bile today.

  • coram nobis

    Also on tonight’s Great Performances: “Fido and Aeneas,” by Arfenbarch, and “Wachet Arf! (Sleeping Dogs Awake)” by PDQ Bach. Now on most PBS stations.

  • Nowhereman

    Very cool dog! And very professional musicians! They didn’t miss a beat. I love the way the dog just picked a spot next to a nice human, and laid down to enjoy the concert.

  • TheManicMechanic

    The dog has good taste in music and seems quite polite as well. Fits in well with this crowd.

  • Gianni

    That audience got much more than their money’s worth that night. Too cool.

  • fuzzybits

    I hope he got a treat after the concert for being so good.