Boston Celtics: Boston Pops

'Maestro Shamrock' conducts Boston Pops

December, 23, 2010
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In the spirit of the holidays, Boston Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal made his debut as "Maestro Shamrock" in conducting the Boston Pops Orchestra for three songs earlier this week. Check out this new behind-the-scenes look.

Shaq & the Pops

December, 20, 2010
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Shaquille O'Neal took over at the helm of the Boston Pops Monday. From Page2's Maria Burns Ortiz:
Just call him "Maestro Shamrock."

Shaquille O'Neal has packed a lot of action into his brief time in Boston. He's played some basketball. He's pretended to be a statue in Harvard Square. He's crashed a wedding. Now, he can add his experience conducting the city's legendary orchestra, the Boston Pops, to his resume.

"[Celtics PR director Heather Walker] asked me if I wanted to conduct the orchestra," O'Neal said. "I was like, 'Seriously, like a real orchestra?'"

Technically, it was an orchestra and a choir.

So the Celtics center, in a tuxedo with tails, took the Symphony Hall stage Monday night to lead the orchestra in three numbers. He was the first basketball player to lead the Pops, and, at 7-foot-1, the tallest guest conductor in the organization's 125-year history.

"I have a whole new respect for conductors," O'Neal said before his performance. "I went through a rehearsal today, and my arms are shot right now."

But he played through the fatigue. Displaying the level of focus that made him a 15-time All Star, O'Neal waved the conductor's baton with absolute seriousness as he led the Pops in the Christmas classic "Sleigh Ride."

During his set's second song -- The Jackson Five's "Can You Feel It" -- the NBA star loosened up and danced a little, proving he clearly could feel it.

To finish his set, O'Neal opted for another non-holiday number, but the audience didn't seem to mind.

"This is a song I hope you all will be singing on June 27 when the NBA season is over," he said, leading the Pops in a rendition of Queen's "We Are the Champions."

After the performance, he took a large bow to a standing ovation and high-fived his way off stage.

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Shaq will conduct a song for Boston Pops

December, 15, 2010
12/15/10
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BOSTON -- The Boston Pops will be importing a big conductor.

Shaquille O'Neal will climb the podium, put on his tailcoat and white tie and lead the orchestra in Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride" during a concert Monday night at Symphony Hall.

The Boston Celtics' 7-foot-1 center will participate in a program otherwise conducted by Keith Lockhart focusing on Christmas and holiday-season music.

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