Nora, the piano cat

Nora was a shelter cat at Cherry Hill, New Jersey when she was adopted by a couple, Betsy and Burnell.

Betsy teaches piano in her home, which has two grand pianos.

When Nora was a year old, she spontaneously began playing the piano, with a preference for the Yamaha. She plays only when the mood strikes her, usually several times a day.

Nora inspired Lithuanian composer/conductor Mindaugas Piečaitis, to compose “Catcerto” – a chamber orchestra piece featuring Nora on the piano.

Composer Mindaugas Piečaitis

On June 5, 2009, “Catcerto” was performed publicly for the first time by the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra. Klaipėda is Piečaitis’ home town; he is the conductor of the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra.

Here’s Nora playing solo, by ear, then a duet!

On March 6, 2019, Piečaitis conducted the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra in a 10th anniversary performance of “Catcerto”.

H/t Maziel

~Eowyn

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DCG
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That’s one talented kitty!

Alma
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Alma

Nora puts a high ?note in my ❤️ heart. She plays soloist to a cat audience. Meowww to You Nora.

Clarioncaller
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Clarioncaller

Another pianissimo prodigy, Van Clawburn.

Alma
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Alma

But………do I see gay pride colors in the first pic?

Steven Broiles
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Wow! Little Nora is not simply banging keys. From watching the video, it seems to me that she has really listened, because there were a number of times she struck the same keys, in a pattern, and repeating the same pattern, a few times. This means that she can distinguish between the notes and knows that there is an order to be followed! She seems to confirm this when she rubs her cheek against the keys she just struck!

I’ve said it before: Cats are more intelligent than we give them credit for.

PatrickHenry
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I wish I could believe this at all.