Monday, June 7, 2010 First concert for dogs - 'Music for
Dogs' concert sets world record
SYDNEY, Australia -- Laurie Anderson and
her band performed a 20 minute piece for a canine audience
outside the Sydney Opera House , setting the world record for the First
concert for dogs.
Almost 1,000 dog-lovers packed onto the
Opera House steps and forecourt to treat their beloved pets
to the free outdoor event, which is part of the Vivid LIVE
First Concert for Dogs - part of the Vivid Light Festival
in the Australian capital - was masterminded by avant garde
US artist Laurie Anderson, who is married to rock legend Lou
She specially wrote the 20-minute piece Music
for Dogs and the pooches were dressed up by their
owners for the occasion.
Almost every breed of pooch seemed
to be represented on the steps in front of the iconic Opera
Most owners did not know what to expect,
though some told Sky News that their dogs were big fans of
classical music. What they heard was 20 minutes of odd notes,
chords and weird high-pitched screeching that seemed to be
appreciated by both humans and animals.
Afterwards she told Sky News: "That
was the most amazing concert that I've ever gotten to give.
"The dogs are a really wonderful audience. They're grooving
and dancing and uninhibited."
A section of whale calls was particularly popular,
with furry ears pricking up, and some joining in with howls
Anderson said: "It was really fantastic.
All the dogs were really grooving on the music. They really
seemed to enjoy themselves."
Ms Anderson called it "an inter-species
social gathering on a scale never seen before in Australia".
Laurie Anderson is renowned for experimental music.
"The dogs were really wonderful audience
members, they were grooving, a lot of them were singing and
dancing, they were uninhibited," she said after the recital.
"And you know what? There were no dog fights.
We were very relieved about that, everyone was very well behaved."
Subscribe to our RSS
News feed to receive updates. Related world records: Fastest
Skateboarding Dog - Tillman the bulldog