The orchestral performance was aired live from Istanbul. In a video – that has since gone viral – players are seen entering the stage with a cat already ensconced near the conductor's podium. Nonplussed, some of the instrumentalists try to shoo the cat away.
But efforts to rid the cat proved fruitless, and it seemed as though the cat - a Turkish Van - was determined to stay, especially when it climbed onto the podium with the conductor.
Undeterred, the orchestra struck up and continued to wow the audience with their performance. The cat, meanwhile, sat proudly at the front of the stage.
On more than one occasion, an animal has stolen the show from performers on stage. In 2017, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra's performance of Mendelssohn's ‘Italian’ Symphony No. 4 was, according to Classic FM, interrupted by a dog.
And in 2018 during a concert given by violist Rafael Altino in the Brazilian city of Gravatá, a dog invaded the stage. After rolling onto its back it became the centre of attention, leaving Sr Altino less than impressed!
You can see the video of the upstaging Turkish cat here: