“Martin Agee loves Bach and so do his two- and four-legged fans,” writes Michele Hollow in Tuesday’s (8/19) Medium.com. “The two-legged ones have heard him perform at Lincoln Center, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the New York Chamber Symphony, American Symphony Orchestra, and many others…. When he’s not performing for people, he brings his violin to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) so the dogs in attendance can be soothed by Bach’s, Beethoven’s, and Handel’s sonatas…. The dogs welcome him with loud barks. They scratch on the glass doors that line a narrow vestibule separating him from them…. One dog, an American Pit Bull Terrier, let out a loud ‘woo.’ … ‘The reactions I get from them, wagging tails, singing, and watching them lie down and relax, is stunning to me,’ says Agee. ‘Not all of the dogs react in the same manner. They do seem happy.’ Many of the dogs have injuries related to trauma [from] ‘long-term neglect resulting in emaciation and chronic neglected medical conditions,’ [ASPCA Senior Director Kris Lindsay] says….’It’s incredible to see these animals transform into loving pets through our work and the help of socialization activities.’ ”

Posted August 22, 2019