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.
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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.