“A Christmas wish was granted Monday night when a young Grande Prairie boy stood in front of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra,” writes Jackie Dunham on Wednesday (12/21) at CTV News (Canada). On Monday, seven-year-old Jordan Cartwright “had the opportunity to realize his rather unique dream: to conduct an orchestra. Jordan has been battling leukemia since March, and has been in and out of Edmonton’s Stollery Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House for the past year. According to his father, Scott Cartwright, Jordan developed an appreciation for classical music while he was undergoing aggressive chemotherapy. Cartwright [said] that a music therapist introduced his son to classical music and they even wrote a song together. In conjunction with the Ronald McDonald House charity, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra invited Jordan to conduct the national anthem during a performance [at] Winspear Centre…. Outfitted in a pint-sized tuxedo, complete with a red bowtie and armed with his very own baton, Jordan led the orchestra through the anthem without a hitch.” Said Jordan, “It was good. I was kind of shy and excited.” The article includes a brief video of Jordan Cartwright conducting the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra at the Winspear Centre in Edmonton on Monday.

Posted December 22, 2016