CATcerto

Klaipeda Chamber Orchestra performs CATcerto by Midaugas PiecaitisMindaugas PiecaitisCATcerto 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:

For my Lithuanian-speaking friends and fans, here is a TV interview with the maestro, himself.

Performances of CATcerto

(List is still being compiled)
June 5, 2009Klaipeda Chamber Orchestra
Conductor: Mindaugas Piečaitis – Lithuania. Original performance.

October 23, 2009Harvard Pops Orchestra
Conductor: Allen Feinstein – USA.

December 31, 2009Klaipeda Chamber Orchestra
Conductor: Mindaugas Piečaitis – Lithuania.

February 7, 2010 –  Philaharmonia of Greensboro
Conductor: Robert Gutter – USA.

March 17, 2010University of Bristol New Music Ensemble
Conductor: Neal Farwell – UK.

April 11, 2010Fargo Moorhead Area Youth Symphonies
USA.

May 4, 2010The Alabama Christian Academy Concert Band
Alabama, USA.

June 2, 2010Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Richard Rosenberg – USA.

June 6, 2010Willamette Falls Symphony,
Conductor: Mark Perlman – USA

July 27, 2010Niagara Youth Orchestra
Conductor: Laura Thomas – Canada

October 3, 2010Southwest Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: David L. Crane – Chicago, IL USA.

November 13-14, 2010Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra
Conductor: David Rutherford – Denver, Colorado USA.

February 18-20, 2011Houston Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Michael Krajewski – Houston, Texas USA

November 11, 2011Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic
Conductor: Michael Schónwandt – Netherlands.

January 28, 2012Longmont 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, 2014The Pacific University Philharmonic

 

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!

You may download HERE.