And the music didn’t stop.
I wonder how many cats would be on stage with the Istanbul Philharmonic? :)
Live music gives us so many opportunities for something to go sideways. How we react is situational. Will we musicians be like the legendary band on the Titanic and just keep playing as the ship sinks?
Somehow a cat onstage isn't a big deal by comparison. Nor is an untimely entrance of the trombone who lost count.
This happened to me twice, not in orchestra performances, but in chamber music ones.
The first was a Haydn string quartet performance in a memorial concert. The second violin player missed an entrance and came in wrong (or skipped a measure) as first violinist (and knowing he was the least likely to recover I skipped to join him hoping the violist and cellist would follow me - and they did.
(This was a most unfortunate Memorial - the deceased had been shot on stage during a rehearsal of the musical, Oliver. The gun had been loaded with a "blank" loaded locally (not bought) and a tiny fragment of metal entered his heart. Our 2nd violinist was the local pediatrician, and had been present at the event and had tried to save the actor's life. The show was never performed.)
The second event, some years later was during a Brahms piano trio performance the cellist and I missed an entrance. The pianist immediately recognized what had happened and repeated the preceding measure and we both caught the entrance the third time he played it. I'm sure the only person in the audience was the cellist from my string quartet who mentioned it at our next rehearsal.
BUT - there are other kinds of "show stealing." In the early 1990s, when I was president of our orchestra association board and manager of the orchestra I had the job of finding and helping select a new conductor for our orchestra. One of the contestants was a professional musician in Southern California, conductor of a college orchestra in a distant city. I attended one of his concerts to help make my decision. One of the first violinists was a chubby young woman in an outside seat wearing a very short skirt. That is also a sort of "show stealing." The conductor is the man we chose to conduct our orchestra and he still comes there every week for rehearsals and for all the concerts, about 30 years later (I am not - I moved away in 1995).
Recently, in the brass band I'm a 2nd Trombone in, the player announcing the tunes, hadn't done anything for one of the tunes, "Take the 'A' Train", so I piped up with the title, and told the audience to get their tickets ...
The cat was shut out for the rest of the evening and for all subsequent sessions. It wouldn't have been funny the second time.
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First the funny one: In a performance of The Miraculous Mandarin - and I apologize, I have forgotten the details - an audience member shouted out “NO!!” just before the climactic moment.
And then a couple of tragic events which I would rather not give the details of, but both of which involved a member of the audience. In both cases, we ceased playing, waited for the situation to be resolved, and then picked up again with the next movement.