Anderson has held two concerts for dogs since 2010, and explained that the idea came about while speaking with cellist Yo-Yo Ma before delivering a commencement address. As it turned out, both had the same fantasy of performing a concert, looking out into the audience and seeing only dogs.
When Anderson was invited to direct a festival in Sydney, Australia in 2010, she got the chance to put on her first pooch performance – the producer didn’t even blink when she suggested it — and thousands of dogs showed up. In January, Anderson threw a similar concert in Times Square, but admitted with a grin to Colbert that she wasn’t sure if the music was tuned or performed in any way that the dogs heard differently from humans.
Still, the ears of her special audience did perk up a few times during her short performance, which was also palatable for human ears. Anderson began with a section of lithe, elegant plucking that moved deftly into dissonance and scraping before coalescing into a rumbling, stirring close.