If you missed (and I nearly did because I didn't get there until the event was nearly over) the 10th Annual Furball—
a benefit for the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon which attempts to humanely reduce feral cat colonies around our state—then you missed what surely was one of the highlights of the Spring performance season. On Saturday night at the Staver Locomotive Building in Northwest Portland, right before March Fourth Marching Band ended the evening, there was a very special performance by one of the honorary chairs of the evening, Pink Martini's Thomas Lauderdale, as well as opera wunder-guy, Carl Halvorson and local scribe Stephen Marc Beaudoin.
Right before he sat down at the piano to play Lauderdale said "he had been dying to do the piece by Rossini...for cats." And that's what he did. It's not the pop opera "Cats." This is opera for cats.
The following clip is short, choppy and a little fuzzy (kind of like my cats at home) but here it is in all its feline glory: Rossini's Duet for Cats.
(I've also included a few photos from the fete of the other honorary chair Paige Powell and friends)