The Vienna Chamber Orchestra's June 20 performance in the ruins of the ancient city, Ephesus, in present-day Turkey had a surprise special (and furry) guest, according to Classic FM.
While the orchestra was performing Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony No. 4, a Labrador sauntered onstage. The four-legged audience member sniffed around the strings section before taking a plop down by the first violin's seat.
Ola Rudner was conducting the performance, which also included renditions of Beethoven and Mozart. The performance was a part of the International Izmir Festival, which has world renowned artists perform at "unique historical venues," according to its website.
This isn't the first time a dog just had to be in the spotlight. In 2014 at an Argentina Premier League game, a dog ran onto the field. A player gave the dog a belly rub before he was taken off the field.
And more recently, another Labrador (I'm seeing a pattern here) interrupted a Russian news broadcast and caused the anchor to squirm in her seat.
These instances all beg the question: Who let the dogs out? (Sorry, we had to.)
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