Nothing rings in the Christmas season like seeing a holiday concert performed by classically trained orchestra like the Boston Pops, but concert go-ers got an extra special treat at their annual holiday concert on Monday.
The now Boston Celtics player, Shaquille O’Neal made his conductor debut by leading the orchestra through a festive performance of “Sleigh Ride,” making him the tallest conductor the orchestra has had in its 125 years. Check out Shaq looking dapper in his tuxedo and baton in hand as he played time-keeper for the Boston Pops!
The audience cheered as the 7-foot 1-inch basketball player turned orchestra conductor made his way to the podium at the Boston Symphony Hall. After lifting up his tux’s coat tails in preparation of the performance as a joke, Shaq counted off the musicians and launched into a peppy performance of “Sleigh Ride.”
He bobbed his head and waved his baton the whole way through before conducting an extra performance of “We Are the Champions.” At the rehearsal for his performance, Shaq said “I have a whole new respect for conductors. I went through a rehearsal today, and my arms are shot right now.”
Did his hard work pay off? See if you think Shaq has a future as orchestra Maestro!