What’s A Campaign Without A Button?

Six New Buttons

And Team Nora has risen to the occasion with not only buttons, but bumper stickers as well. Various styles and button sizes available. You can get yours at http://norathepianocat.com/shop/t-shirts-more/ or go straight to Nora’s area on Zazzle

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Independence Day Sale On Your Very Own Petcube Camera…

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I have one myself, and I have to say it was very cool the first time B & B were away and they used the app on the iPhone to turn on and connect to the Petcube. First I heard their voices calling my name, then I saw the laser dot moving on the oriental rug surrounding my piano. Play time! No, not the piano, but a game of catch-the-dot even though they were over a hundred miles away at the time. After a while, I understood that the little silver cube was somehow connected to the voices and the red dot. So, when I heard it come on, I’d immediately run to it and wait for the game to begin. That’s how smart I am. And you thought I was just a pretty face with piano skills!

Love,
Nora The Piano Cat

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Eighty Days Left To Enter

Nora Art Contest

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First Feline Nominee For President of the United States

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Imagine my surprise to wake to the news of the first feline nominee for President of the United States. Well, obviously they’re talking about me. Who else, right? Guess I’ll need to have a serious talk with my purrsonal assistants about keeping me in the loop on these things. But I look forward to the campaign ahead and the election in the fall.

My platform? 1) Guaranteed vetcare for all. 2) Continued and expanded funding of shelters, pet adoption, and spay & neuter programs. 3) Greater exposure to music and other creative arts for all so inclined. 4) Lots of treats.

Elect me in November and I will work tirelessly to insure that every cat and kitten is placed in a loving home, so that no cat or kitten will ever go to sleep hungry, cold, or frightened. And, of course, I will continue to play the piano and generally amaze all who are fortunate enough to score an audience with the diva.

Your candidate,
Nora The Piano Cat

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National Music Festival June 5-8

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National Music Festival, June 2016

The National Music Festival opened on June 5th at Washington College in Chestertown, MD. It runs through the 18th of June. And I should know! I’m the Festival’s Official Mascot. If you love music as much as I do, you must check out <http://national music.us>. Tell ’em Nora sent you. 

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Just 93 days left to create your Nora-inspired art, photograph it and enter the image in the contest. Click the image above for more info or to enter now.

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Kitty Bungalow Receives A “Paw Up” Appreciation from Nora The Piano..

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I know what it’s like to accomplish something wonderful, and the Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats is my choice for this very first “Paw Up” appreciation from a cat who, though never feral herself, has a sibling who is. I have been referred to as “bossy” and “possessive of my piano,” but that’s a whole other story. You can check out the amazing work of Kitty Bungalow at <http://kittybungalow.org>. On Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/kittybungalowcharmschool/ Tell ’em Nora sent you.

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Paw to Paw: The Maestro Meets His Muse

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To get to the place where the photo above would become a reality, much had to happen. It all began a long time ago, well, it was actually 2009, when a Lithuaian conductor of the Klaipeda Chamber Orchestra was sent a link to a very famous video of a cat playing the piano. That conductor was Mindaugas Piecaitis. The cat, in case you haven’t already guessed, was me. Maestro Piecaitis is a brilliant human being, obviously, who saw the potential in the piano stylings of moi. And he set about composing a concerto inspired by those stylings. The result was a beautiful piece of music titled CATcerto. Clever, eh?

The piece was premiered in 2009 by the Klaipeda Chamber Orchestra with Maestro Piecaitis at the podium and me, as guest soloist, projected onto a large screen behind the musicians. It was a rousing success and was eventually published by Peter’s Publishing. To date, CATcerto has been performed 20 times by orchestras around the world. It even made it into the Guiness Book as the first concerto ever written for a cat.

Then in late 2012, Maestro and muse (that’s me) met for the very first time when Mindaugas flew to the United States and spent several days with me, my siblings, and my purrsonal assistants, Burnell and Betsy. It was during the very first moments of that meeting that Burnell took the now famous photo of our paws touching on the piano bench.

Maestro Piecaitis was heard to remark, “I feel I must be dreaming.” Truth be told, it was I who was humbled by his presence. A gray tabby rescued from the streets of Camden, New Jersey only to one day touch paws with the Maestro from halfway around the world. Of such things are not dreams made?

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You can watch the video that Mindaugas Piecaitis was inspired by HERE.
And click HERE to watch CATcerto.

Orchestras who may wish to perform the piece should contact Peter’s Publishing for the sheet music and the DVD for the projection.

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Nora On The Briggs…

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There are two pianos in my home. One is essentially mine. That’s the shiny, black Yamaha Grand. The other is the one the students play on most of the time. That one is a Briggs piano. It’s the one I’m posing on in the above photograph taken by my photographer/purrsonal assistant, Burnell. Normally, I would insist on posing only on the shiny, black Yamaha Grand, but when Burnell suggested trying the Briggs for a shot, I thought why not. After all, I have a reputation for being rather adventurous. And I think the brown of the Briggs actually compliments my fur quite nicely. Woulldn’t you agree.

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