ISTANBUL: It's that moment fans of classical music live for, an international orchestra playing a great masterpiece at full pelt. Until an unexpected guest star arrives. A stray, and rather loveable, dog. At the outdoor performance of Felix Mendelssohn's Fourth Symphony in Turkey, the audience were raptly attentive as the Vienna Chamber Orchestra conducted by Ola Rudner tore through the nineteenth century German composer's effervescent score. The music-loving canine, with the casual air of an experienced…
BUDAPEST: A Budapest orchestra did not let their opera performance get in the way of watching Hungary's Euro 2016 game, dashing backstage mid-show to watch a crucial game on TV.
SOCHI: Russia's Mariinsky Theatre staged a surprise concert in the amphitheatre of the Syrian city of Palmyra on Thursday. This looked like an attempt by the Kremlin to win hearts and minds and remind the world of its role in the city's recapture. The concert, held just over a month after Russian air strikes helped push Islamic State militants out of Palmyra, saw Valery Gergiev, a close associate of President Vladimir Putin, conduct the Mariinsky orchestra. Sergei Roldugin, a cellist friend of Putin's named in the…
NAKHON RATCHISMA, THAILAND: Deftly feeling their way along the bumps of the braille score, the young players of Thailand's first blind orchestra memorise scales, defying both their impairment and ingrained negative attitudes towards disability.