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Laurie Anderson dog concert: Two paws up

So the reviews are in on Laurie Anderson and her husband Lou Reed's much-hyped concert for dogs, which happened yesterday at the Sydney Opera House.

Reader Henry wrote in this morning -- all the way from Australia where, haha, it's already later today -- with a full rundown of the show:

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"My canine associate, Mister Pettibone, and i went to the dog concert this morning. It wasn't quite what I was expecting. in actual fact, it was all very audible.

Ms. Anderson was armed with her violin, keyboard and flute whistle, and accompanied by baritone sax, bass and violin. it was very laurie anderson (ie pithy, funny, enchanting and riveting) and i don't know whether Mister Pettibone's exuberance in about the third piece was musical appreciation or merely a lively conversation with some other mutt.

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Mr. Reed was present in the front of the stage before the concert began, but appeared to have zilch involvement. incidentally, Ms. Anderson is celebrating her birthday today."

Getting that review was excellent. I encourage anyone that heads to dog events to send in reviews.

Anyway, the Associated Press described the show like this:Some in the audience howled with glee, others stood on trembling legs and a few drooled in delight as famed performance artist Laurie Anderson debuted her original "Music for Dogs" composition outside the Sydney Opera House on Saturday.

Hundreds of dogs and their owners bounced around as Anderson entertained them with 20 minutes of thumping beats, whale calls, whistles and a few high-pitched electronic sounds imperceptible to human ears.


Anderson — who often plays music for her rat terrier Lollabelle — said the idea originated during a chat with cellist Yo-Yo Ma while the two were waiting backstage at a graduation ceremony.

"We thought, 'Wouldn't it be great if you're playing a concert and you look out and everyone's a dog?'" Anderson said. "So I thought if I ever get a chance to do that, I'm gonna do it. And today was it. So this is like a highlight of my life."
 

An unidentified woman holds her pooch as dogs and their owners gather at the Sydney Opera House for a concert by performance artist Laurie Anderson in Sydney, Saturday, June 5. Anderson has composed a 20 minute work to create a shared experience for dogs and their owners. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

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