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Classical 101

NBA Star Shaquille O'Neal is Guest Conductor for the Boston Pops

When should a conductor not use a podium? When that conductor is over seven feet tall and well over 300 pounds!  (Some podiums have a weight limit of 350 pounds.) Maestro Shaquille O'Neal was handed the baton by the diminutive Keith Lockhart for a rousing rendition of Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson and We Are The Champions by Queen. How do you play a wind instrument when you're laughing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoyiR3ob7yk