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CATcerto: Concert Written for Nora, the Piano Playing Cat

CATcerto: Concert Written for Nora, the Piano Playing Cat

You may have heard about Nora, the piano playing cat.  She is a YouTube phenomenon with eight videos, which includes CATcerto.

A tabby who tickled the world when she tickled the ivories, Nora’s performance in CATcerto is surreal!  Lithuanian composer, Mindaugas Piecaitis wrote the score just for Nora.

Nora — named after the surrealist painter Leonora Carrington – lives as the alpha cat along with four feline siblings.  She was adopted from a New Jersey shelter by Betsey Alexander, a music teacher, and her artist husband, Burnell Yow.

She was awarded ASPCA’s Cat of the Year in 2009 for her amazing abilities.  It was Alexander who first noticed Nora’s natural abilities and encouraged her to practice, spawning her own web site and YouTube fame.

A DVD has been produced of all eight of her videos including CATcerto. 

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Photo of Nora practicing at the piano used with permission of her humans, Betsey Alexander and Burnell Yow, a.k.a. Her Majesty's Personal Assistants!

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8:42AM PST on Nov 25, 2013

Incredible and very beautiful - brings tears to my eyes. Nora has a lookalike who belongs to me and whose brother recently deceased absolutely loved hearing me play the piano and synthesiser and being sung to. Although Kit (Nora's lookalike) is extremely shy, I was once palying and singing to a group of friends when both cats emerged from their hiding place and lay in front of the door listening.

5:54AM PDT on Mar 20, 2011

my sister's cat loves Brahms very much but she isn't able to play it

5:11PM PDT on Mar 13, 2011

Amazing video! Thanks. Such a special cat.

1:55AM PST on Mar 7, 2011

Sweet! Thanks!

1:01AM PST on Mar 2, 2011

lol. gorgeous.

9:57AM PST on Mar 1, 2011

Oh,i saw Nora on you tube a long tome ago,she is just lovely,a special wonderful kitty!

8:58AM PST on Mar 1, 2011


6:28PM PST on Feb 27, 2011

NOW i'll go to bed with a smile on my face :)

6:27PM PST on Feb 27, 2011

":I LOVE IT"........cats rule!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5:10PM PST on Feb 27, 2011

I love this video! I've watched it many times and I've sent it to family and friends.

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