Most five-year-olds are interested in playing with toys, coloring in coloring books and watching Mickey Mouse. So, you probably wouldn’t expect to see a 5-year-old listening to Beethoven and following along with the music.

Yet that is exactly how today’s Across the Table guest got his start in the world of conducting classical music.

Ashley Thompson sat down with Thomas Fortner, the Assistant Conductor with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, at JJ’s Winer Spirits & Cigars to find out more about his path to the podium.

Get your kids thinking creatively with these pop songs inspired by classical pieces

Behind the scenes with Thomas Fortner and Ashley Thompson
Behind the scenes with Thomas Fortner and Ashley Thompson

It’s never too late to learn to play an instrument

At JJ’s they like to say they provide “an enhanced adult beverage experience” and we think that’s just perfect to sum up the great food and drink and the great people you’ll run into at JJ’s Wine, Spirits and Cigars.

They’re located at 3000 west 57th Street in Sioux Falls. you can find out more about their specials and events, by checking out their website at

Experience the South Dakota Symphony Youth Orchestra

And don’t forget dessert from The Boozy Bakery! Check out The Boozy Bakery™ and JJ’s Wine, Spirits & Cigars online to see what is available for take-out, or to have right in JJ’s Bar!

If you are interested in ordering food from The Boozy Bakery Kitchen for carryout or curbside delivery, please visit The Boozy Bakery at JJ’s Wine dot com and click on the Boozy Bakery Tab.

You have heard about Chase the Ace, now it’s time to “Find the Queen of Hearts”! Starting February 21st, you will have a chance to win big and raise money for two great charities!

JJ’s Bar will be hosting a weekly drawing to “Find the Queen of Hearts” starting February 21st. Tickets will go on sale online Tuesday February 14th, plus you can stop in to JJ’s Bar and purchase tickets as well.

For more details watch JJ’s social media and checkout JJ’s website. Proceeds from this weekly event will go to Dakota Dachshund Rescue and Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Dakota.