Elephants Dance to Violin Music (and It Didn’t Happen in a Circus)

Concert violinist Eleanor Bartsch was warming up for her performance of the Bach Concerto for Two Violins with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra when she decided to take her violin playing outdoors. She played a private concert for Kelly and Viola, 44 and 45-year-old elephants. With a name like “Viola,” it should be no surprise the elephants were attracted to her violin playing. Their real life enthusiasm also created quite a stir on youtube. Eleanor’s “private” performance for the elephants received nearly two million views in less than three weeks.

But, it turns out that not all wild animals enjoy classical music. Kyra Kopenenstonsky was hiking in the Colorado mountains last week when a mountain lion started stalking her. After 30 minutes of ill attempts at throwing sticks and making herself appear larger, she decided to start singing opera at the top of her lungs, according to her interview with USA Today. Lucky for her, the mountain lion put its head down, backed up, and just went away. Who would have known? I guess you won’t be seeing any mountain lions in the audience at the Met, but you might want to save room for an elephant at the symphony!

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140 comments

William C
William C11 months ago

Thank you.

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Sherry Kohn
Sherry K2 years ago

Many thanks to you !

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Julia Oleynik
Julia Oleynik2 years ago

Great loving music =) Thank you for sharing

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Danuta Watola
Danuta W3 years ago

Thank you for posting.

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Jennifer H.
Jennifer H3 years ago

Thanks for the insight.

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Luann L.
Luann Lilley3 years ago

Love this video... love elephants...
Thanks Care2... for making me smile...

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Sharon Stein
Sharon Stein3 years ago

Too bad they are not able to live in a natural habitat...BoB Barker...You love elephants...HELP them Please!

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Erin H.
Erin H3 years ago

Excellent article, thank you!

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Jane R.
Jane R3 years ago

When elephants sway their heads back and forth it's because they are stressed, not because they are dancing to music or happy. Get real people!

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KAROLY MOLINARI
KAROLY MOLINARI3 years ago

Marvelous they also have good taste

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