Remember the Cat Concerto? Watch it live

Remember the Cat Concerto? Watch it live


norman lebrecht

April 20, 2019

The Tom and Jerry Cat Concerto is one of the most hilarious takes on concert life ever seen on the big screen.

Here’s a 21st century update.




  • Ellingtonia says:

    Wonderful, and full plaudits to the young lady in question, a little levity where classical music is concerned is always welcome.

  • John Rook says:

    Superb attention to detail. It’s even in the right key with all the right notes (and in the right order…)

  • Peter Owen says:

    This cat must have seen the original:

  • V.Lind says:

    You’re easily amused!

  • I really like the BBCSO’s Tom and Jerry medley. Note the incredible virtuosity of the orchestra, even though it’s sometimes thought of as the 5th best in London.

  • Nick2 says:

    Pity the video is not extended to its full 7’49”. I have watched this many dozens of times over the years and still adore it! I believe it won an Oscar. Remember, too, that there is a Tom and Jerry performing the Fledermaus Overture at the Hollywood Bowl that is hilarious, as well as a few other T&J classical music cartoons.

    And whilst on the subject, who can forget several Bugs Bunny classical cartoons including “The Rabbit of Seville”, :Rhapsody Rabbit” and all the Wagner in “What’s Opera, Doc?” This is the only full length version of the last one I can find on the internet.

  • It is weird to watch the cartoon and hear the original piece split between piano and orchestra.

    And then it’s weirder to watch it accompanied live with everything put back into just the piano.

  • Lasoprana says:

    The cartoon is hysterical..where is the rest of it?!

  • Mick the Knife says:

    this one is my favorite:

  • daveferre says:

    It is pretty much believed that the pianist was Shura Cherkassky.