CATcerto was the brainchild of Lithuanian conductor, composer and artist Mindaugas Piečaitis. Mr. Piečaitis contacted Burnell & Betsy about his idea to write a concerto inspired by my playing after he watched my videos on YouTube. The world premiere of CATcerto was performed by Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra in the Klaipėda Concert Hall in Klaipėda (Lithuania) on 5th June, 2009.
Mr. Piečaitis conducted, and I appeared as guest soloist via pre-recorded video projected onto a large screen behind the orchestra. The piece, including video of yours truly, was subsequently published by Peters Publishing and has been performed by numerous orchestras around the world, to the delight of audience members of all ages. In 2010, CATcerto received an award from Guinness World Records for being the first concerto ever written for a cat. It will appear in the 2012 edition, scheduled for publication in September of 2011. Below is a list of past & future performances of CATcerto.
To learn more about CATcerto, please visit www.CATcerto.com. You can watch the CATcerto performed by the Klaipeda Chamber Orchestra below:
Performances of CATcerto
(List is still being compiled)
June 5, 2009 – Klaipeda Chamber Orchestra
Conductor: Mindaugas Piečaitis – Lithuania. Original performance.
October 23, 2009 – Harvard Pops Orchestra
Conductor: Allen Feinstein – USA.
December 31, 2009 – Klaipeda Chamber Orchestra
Conductor: Mindaugas Piečaitis – Lithuania.
February 7, 2010 – Philaharmonia of Greensboro
Conductor: Robert Gutter – USA.
March 17, 2010 – University of Bristol New Music Ensemble
Conductor: Neal Farwell – UK.
April 11, 2010 – Fargo Moorhead Area Youth Symphonies
May 4, 2010 – The Alabama Christian Academy Concert Band
June 2, 2010 – Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Richard Rosenberg – USA.
June 6, 2010 – Willamette Falls Symphony,
Conductor: Mark Perlman – USA
July 27, 2010 – Niagara Youth Orchestra
Conductor: Laura Thomas – Canada
October 3, 2010 – Southwest Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: David L. Crane – Chicago, IL USA.
November 13-14, 2010 – Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra
Conductor: David Rutherford – Denver, Colorado USA.
February 18-20, 2011 – Houston Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Michael Krajewski – Houston, Texas USA
November 11, 2011 – Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic
Conductor: Michael Schónwandt – Netherlands.
January 28, 2012 – Longmont Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: David Rutherford – Longmont, Colorado USA
February 12 2012 – University of York Concert Orchestra
Conductor: Graham Bier – York, UK
October 30, 2013 – Ohio University Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Steven Hwang
November 14, 2014 – The Pacific University Philharmonic
February 28, 2015 – The Wesleyan University Orchestra
Conductor: Nadya Petemkina
Download: Main Themes – CATcerto
Do you play piano? Read music? Would you like to be able to play the Main Themes from CATcerto? Well, Mindaugas Piečaitis has made available the sheet music for CATcerto’s Main Themes arranged for piano in downloadable PDF format (111 k). And it’s FREE!