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Which hand should I hold the baton in?

Beethoven's fifth, by a conductor who could give us all lessons in enthusiasm:
on October 28, 2010 9:16am
 Did I see a gesture of syncopation?  OMG he is not just responding to the music he is anticipating!   Bravo Maestro!
on October 28, 2010 1:00pm
pretty good for a right-handed conductor.   ;-)
on October 28, 2010 3:42pm
Darn itchy nose...keeps a guy from really getting into it!
on November 23, 2010 5:17am
How amazing to see this little guy know the music.
I feel like him when I'm sitting in the seat at a concert by the "Space Coast Symphony."
Only this kid is a little more right on then I am.
on December 7, 2010 6:05pm
It looks to me as if he knows the piece and he's actually anticipating the changes in tempi and mood rather than just reacting to them.  Could Beethoven be reincarnated?
on December 13, 2010 9:38am
This film really put a smile on my face. I think that with the amount of publicity this little guy is going to get, he should get Gap to sponsor his studies at the Juillard!!
Diane Langleben, London, UK
on December 14, 2010 4:09pm
I'm crying tears of joy!  Isn't this what we all feel when we conduct a work like this but are afraid to release? 
on December 19, 2010 1:57pm
This kid of yours is awesome! I sure hope that you have him started on violin or piano or at least soon! He has so much enthusiasm and talent already. Capture it before he gets hold of a football!!!!! Keep exposing him to classical music and conductors!
on December 20, 2010 2:56am
My goodness; he reminds me of myself when I "conduct" the record player...........his sense of tempo and anticipation are outstanding!
on December 20, 2010 11:47am
He feels the music in each and  every fiber of his being!!!  Love to see that and hope it stays with him!
on December 23, 2010 3:02pm
Thank you, Jonathan! (And thank you, Allen, for sharing this.) I hope I get to see you conduct a live orchestra soon.
on January 7, 2011 6:19am
It is obvious that this marvellous child has been immersed in music (and certainly in this particular piece) since probably before birth.  Congratulations to his parents, who have instilled in him not just the love of music, but the freedom to create such magic!  He will be a force to be reckoned with down the line.  I'd love to see his debut as the conductor of a major symphony orchestra!
I'm presuming his name IS Jonathan Simon, and that the author at the top is his father!
on January 10, 2011 6:34am
Do a YouTube search for "3-year-old Jonathan," and there are also a couple of clips of him playing violin. Remarkable clarity, rhythm, and musicality with a remarkably low degree of excruciating-Suzuki-squeakiness for a kid this age. I suspect Jonathan may be the real deal.
(who has absolutely no issues with the Suzuki method; it's just that inevitable period of Young String Player Screech which I suspect every student has to go through to some extent--and which as a cellist I never quite grew out of, which is why I finally gave it up after college and concentrated on choral music!)
on January 10, 2011 7:00pm
The nuances of his musical expressions truly capture the music!  Phenomenal..we should all take lessons!  I wonder how many times he had heard the piece before this video was captured.  Bravo!!
on January 16, 2011 12:28am
Thank you so much for posting this! But my first thought was, "Wow, this is one observant kid. Nobody just gets this good, all by himself, at such a young age. He was watching a top-notch model." I hesitate to say this, but in different fields I and others I've known were doing as much as young or younger and for the same reasons: talented nature plus talented nurture. So indeed, let's give little Jonathan's parents a big round of applause as well. Without them Jonathan wouldn't be what he is right now.
Jonathan is very likely an ESP child and very likely will be an ESFP adult - explaining many things, including his powers of sensory observation, his deep feeling and sense of rhythm, his enthusiasm and his joie de vivre. And the thought of what such a person will do if he turns to classical conducting, or anything else in music, just boggles my mind. But this ENFP Celtic harper and songwriter hews to cellist Pablo Casals' lines below. There are sixteen overall patterns that people fall into with regard to their thought processes, so common threads of talent and outlook will reappear repeatedly as if growing from the same psychic soil; but every person is unique just as every individual tree within every species of tree is unique. Jonathan isn't some great person of the past reincarnated. He is Jonathan, a potentially great person of the future. Let's appreciate him as such. I know I do.
"Do you know what you are?
You are a marvel. You are unique.
In all the years that have passed,
there has never been another child like you."

                      -- Pablo Casals

on January 16, 2011 10:52pm
Oh Jonathan!  So Marvelous Power !! Not to express Music, but he himself is Music
itself indeed!     I'm very much pleased to hear Muse's Parent 's smiling a little in this film.   I would like to toast  for Jonathan's Parent who can enjoy his smiling everyday..  You are living  with The God of Music... Thanks a lot  again & again!!       
on February 27, 2011 5:29pm
This is my favourite video of 2010. Whenever I feel my choral conducting is getting a bit dull, I know I can turn to this wonderful, talented little boy for inspiration. 
on May 2, 2011 8:58pm
Yes, he is enthusiastic, he likes music indeed, but he is just kidding like a child should be.
on September 28, 2011 4:12pm
Every child has so much music and creativity inside them. I is always a thrill when we allow them to share it. Blessings to the parents who made this video and shared it with us all!
Frank DeMiero
on August 26, 2013 11:27pm
What a pleasure it was to watch not only his skill but his absolute joy and body movements. Wishing him all the best for his future. William Miller.