Remember the dancing conductor? He’s back with a singing version

Remember the dancing conductor? He’s back with a singing version


norman lebrecht

February 19, 2016

The irrepressible Joseph R. Olefirowicz was one of the early stars on Slipped Disc, playing to a hidden camera in a Vienna Volksoper performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide.

Well, folks, he’s back. Larger than life and storming the ramparts in a blockbuster Kismet.

An effervescent video to kick off your weekend.



  • Michael Endres says:

    That made my day, Thank you !

  • John Kelly says:

    We should get him at the Met.

  • Theodore McGuiver says:

    It’s a conductor’s monitor, not a hidden camera. I like his style.

  • Brian says:

    It’s not too late, NY Phil, if you want to re-think the whole Zaap van Zweden thing…

  • The Incredible Flutist says:

    Love this! No wonder the band sounds so good! This conductor would make me want to play well, too! He’s fantastic!

  • Holly Golightly says:

    I was looking everywhere for Stan Laurel; usually these guys worked together!!!

  • Alvaro says:

    Ahh, brings back good memories from my last trip to cuba in the tropicana…..

    This was not in a concert hall was it?

    Oh wait….

  • Paul Mitchell-Davidson says:

    Great fun, great entertainment plus this guy really knows what he is doing!
    The band sounds terrific too, no wonder.

  • Greg from SF says:

    Love this guy!

  • Tweettweet says:

    Oh my, I guess it would be so much fun to work with this conductor!

  • Nicola Lefanu says:

    A great thing about this guy is that his enthusiasm is clearly picked up by the orchestra.

    We’ve all seen too many Lenny-wannabes thrashing around whilst the orch plays like dead meat. But this guy is galvanizing everybody !

    Thanks for much for posting this ! Let’s all keep an eye out for more Olefirowicz sightings.

  • Greg says:

    Hm. When a female conductor does the exact same thing – dancing on music like a cartoon character in front of an orchestra (eg Alondra de la Parra), everyone freaks out. If this happens to be a male maestro, everyone (without exception) praises him. Isn’t it interesting?