Dogs getting down in Sydney

The Sydney Opera House is one of the world’s most famous and recognizable performance venues, playing host to world-class shows throughout the year. This weekend it hosted a concert for dogs.

The aptly named Music for Dogs concert took place outside the famous opera house in front of about 1,000 very happy dogs. The show lasted about 20 minutes and featured a four-piece band playing music that dogs would like, including whale songs and high-pitched electronic sounds that only dogs can hear. By all accounts, the dogs absolutely loved it. There was much howling, barking, and tail-wagging.

This Reuters video sums up the event nicely. My favorite part is when the concert’s organizer Laurie Anderson (wife of rock legend Lou Reed) explains why she decided to put on a concert for dogs, an idea that stemmed from a backstage conversation with cellist Yo-Yo Ma: "We were both talking about how much we love dogs, and what a dream it would be if we could be playing, and look out, and the whole audience was dogs." Great point. I couldn’t agree with her more.

The show was part of Sydney’s Vivid LIVE festival, an annual musical event running for about a month (May 27-June 21) at the Sydney Opera House. The Opera House, of course, is that iconic building with the giant roofs that look like shells or sails, depending on who you ask. It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is actually made up of six separate venues. A visit to the Sydney Opera House is a must on any trip to Australia.

You can even bring your dog.

Sydney dog

Photo: Roberta W.B. via Flickr (CC license)

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