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Tiny Tuxes and Pint-Sized Podiums

September 17, 2011

 He’s not tall enough yet for most of the rides at Disneyland, but put him on a podium and he could very well be a giant in the making.  You might remember Jonathan from a previous posting here on sonicgypsy.  If you’re new to the site, take a few minutes to check out the link.  I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by what you see.

In short, the video shows Jonathan – then 3 years old – conducting the 4th movement of Beethoven’s 5th symphony, with a glee and panache and innate ability that we can only hope is a harbinger of things to come.

Fast forward 1 year.  Jonathan is now getting invitations to conduct orchestras.  The Chamber Orchestra Kremlin (Moscow), the Chandler Symphony Orchestra (Arizona), Arizona Musicfest, and the St. Petersburg International Music Academy (SPIMA) Orchestra (Connecticut) are among the first to have come calling.

Here’s an outtake of his February 2011 debut with the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, on tour in California at the time.

To get some of the background scoop on how this opportunity came about, click here.

Lastly, I include this video too just to remind us that despite all the early and rightfully deserved attention, he still has some learning to do.  But by gawsh, he’s only 4! 

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