The audience to this performance of Felix Mendelsshohn-Bartholdy's "Italian" Symphony No. 4 certainly couldn't contain itself. Breaking every norm of decorum, they laughed and cheered and clapped for the dog and the orchestra alike. The musicians, for their part, took not pause and hardly missed a beat, even as the dog walked across their stage with furry inquisitiveness before circling up near the conductor and sitting his butt down to enjoy the show with the rest of the crowd.
Fazil Say, the pianist behind the evening's performance, later took to Instagram to comment on the dog's presence: "Cutest moment in classical music," he wrote. "The most adorable classical music fan. Audience and the orchestra welcome the special guest. 😍 😍 😍"
It's not exactly clear how Fido here happened upon the stage when he did. Stray dogs in certain Turkish cities are known for wandering around and getting themselves into kooky situations, but we haven't known many of them to invade the hallowed halls of concert performance spaces.
But why not? Dogs can appreciate music along with the rest of us, after all.