May 20, 2008

Love cats!

The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra did not plan a prelude of its galaconcert in Tel Aviv on Sunday (May 18) to bring its audience to burst into laughter. But a cat walking calmly in the music venue stole the show for theorchestra and its Maestro Zubin Mehta.
A full house audience gathered to listen to the orchestra playingpieces by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Gustav Mahler. As conductor Zubin Mehta, on the stage with Israeli Parliament Speaker Dalia Itzik, welcomed theaudience, a cat walked inside the Cultural Hall and wondered along the seats,to the amusement of the audience.
The audience applauded the cat, who seemed to enjoy the attention of2,760 people.
"Ladies and gentlemen, please get serious," Maestro Mehta told the laughing audience. "What can I tell you, this is the condition that we have in this hall. But this cat came through the shnorrers' door," Mehta said, using the Yiddish word for 'beggars'.
U.S House of Representatives' Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was invited toattend the concert during her three-days trip to celebrate Israel's 60th anniversary, acknowledged the presence of the four-legged feline. "As if the evening were not memorable enough with this magnificent programme a cat is in the house," Pelosi said. "I think we should call the cat 'Zubin', what do you think?" she told Mehta with a smile.

You can watch it here.

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