Dogs will try to hit the right notes with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

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This is no cattle call. Instead, 10 canines will hit their mark and bark their bark in an unusual audition Tuesday for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

The goal of the audition at Heinz Hall is to find the four best canines who will use their vocal instruments to perform with the symphony at the 55th Annual Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival on June 9.

The 10 dogs will audition by performing a segment of Leopold Mozart’s "Hunting Horn Symphony," barking on command in collaboration with four horn soloists.

The Pittsburgh Symphony has gone to the dogs

The PSO is auditioning 10 canines to perform with the symphony at the 55th Annual Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival. Here's a look at five of the hopefuls. (Video edited by Melissa Tkach; 5/13/2014)

The audition judges include resident conductor Fawzi Haimor; horn section representative Ronald Schneider; Animal Rescue League Executive Director Dan Rossi; and Kristen Lane, director of marketing and public relations for the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society.

Ten preselected canines have been invited to audition (with their handlers, of course).

Michael A. Fuoco: or 412-263-1968.

First Published May 9, 2014 4:50 PM

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