Combining my talent and experience as a concert pianist with my love of dogs continues to fill my heart with enormous gratitude and joy as it improve the lives of dogs worldwide. Up to now, my music has mostly been accessible to dogs through recorded music ~ CDs, downloads, flash drives, and iCalmDogs. That is starting to change as I perform concerts and invite the dogs in.
People are always telling me how lucky Sanchez and Gina are ~ enjoying their own private concert daily. (Sanchez makes a cameo appearance in my livestream home concert above.) Soon, I’ll be offering that opportunity to other dogs.
It starts in my birth town of Syracuse, NY next week. When I was 16, I won a concerto competition that allowed me to appear as guest soloist with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. The competition was sponsored by Civic Morning Musicals, a fabulous non-profit organization celebrating their 125th anniversary this season. They’ve invited me back to play a solo recital. We brainstormed ways to involve dogs, even though it’s not a dog-friendly venue and has limited availability to the 4-leggeds.
Some time ago, I had received a fan email from Pet Partners of Syracuse telling me how much their therapy dogs were enjoying Through a Dog’s Ear. I wanted to give their hard working dogs the experience of hearing some of that music live, so they’ll be in attendance on Oct. 18th.
I hope they enjoy my concert repertoire along with my Through a Dog’s Ear demonstration. And I may even take it as a compliment if I hear some snoring.
Here are my thoughts on other ways to include dogs in concerts:
- Post-concert adoption event with a local shelter/ rescue organization
- Canine classical concerts ~ dogs enjoying with their people at dog-friendly venues
- Shelter enrichment concerts at shelters
- Livestream online concerts recorded from my living room/ People and pups cuddled up together in the comfort of their homes
What do you think of your dog enjoying live species-specific music with you? Thanks for sharing your thoughts and adding your ideas to my list in a comment below.