Dog upstages violin recital…. again

Dog upstages violin recital…. again


norman lebrecht

July 16, 2018

It’s that time of year again. We had one of these last summer.

The performer here is Rafael Altino.


  • Clovis Marques says:

    Rach Cello sonata adapted?

  • Paul Davis says:

    How strange to hear this on a violin…..obviously the dog thunk so too, what a wag!

  • Jim says:

    Sonata in Flea Major

  • Sue says:

    Was there no able-bodied person who could have removed the dog? What an insult to the musician!! I note it had no collar either which, where I live, is an instant call to the pound and removal by the dog-catcher.

    • Rich Patina says:

      Doggone it, Sue – lighten up!

      • Sue says:

        I just detest dogs and seeing them scratch their fleas during a music performance is the absolute pits. That’s one place I would expect to be free of the miserable wretches.

        • Ross Amico says:

          You’re right! So disrespectful. The dog should not have scratched, but just taken it!

          Apparently she (the dog, not Sue) is a staple at that church. According to the violist, the dog ordinarily sleeps on her bed off to one side of the stage, or goes out front to play with the other dogs. This is her first “offense,” if offense there be.

          Rachmaninoff loved dogs, by the way, as this quick Google Image search reveals.


        • Max Grimm says:

          So there’s a dog, scratching itself while two people make music….big whoop. Stop your outrage and complaining, snowflake.

          • Ross Amico says:

            I hope that was directed at Sue and not me, since of course I was being facetious. But if “snowflake” refers to how I bear up under the summer heat, then I will own it.

          • Max Grimm says:

            @Ross Amico
            My post was indeed directed at Sue and may have a scintilla of sarcasm to it.
            As for being a snowflake when it comes to bearing up under the summer heat, I too will admit to being guilty as charged.

  • Vanderbilt says:

    His name is Rafael Altino, not Rafael Violino. Therefore an “Alto-Viola-Bratche” recital, not a violin recital.

  • SteveS says:

    At least the dog had the good manners not to clap between movements!

  • BillG says:

    Dogs rule!