POPS in the PARK
Located in Casper, WY, the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra brings live, symphonic music to Central Wyoming. We produce five concerts each year with renowned guest soloists and more than 70 well-trained local and regional musicians to create unique, high-quality performances. The WSO partners with other local organizations to create events that will enrich Central Wyoming’s cultural environment. Outreach projects through our Music on the Move program, an annual children’s concert, and a family-friendly summer concert in Washington Park are among the events we produce each year.
Wyoming Symphony Orchestra Music Director, Australian Christopher Dragon, was selected to lead the Orchestra in 2019. Dragon also serves as the Resident Conductor for the Colorado Symphony where he previously served as Associate Conductor since the 2015/16 Season. For three years prior, Dragon held the position of Assistant Conductor with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, which gave him the opportunity to work closely with Principal Conductor Asher Fisch.
Christopher works regularly in Australia and has guest conducted the Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and West Australian Symphony Orchestras. His 2015 debut performance at the Sydney Opera House with Josh Pyke and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra was released on album by ABC Music and won an ARIA the following year. Christopher’s international guest conducting includes the Orquestra Sinfônica de Porto Alegre, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
He has also conducted at numerous festivals including the Breckenridge and Bangalow Music Festivals, with both resulting in immediate re-invitations. At the beginning of 2016 Mr. Dragon conducted Wynton Marsalis' Swing Symphony as part of the Perth International Arts Festival alongside Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at the Lincoln Center Orchestra.
Christopher Dragon began his conducting studies in 2011 and was a member of the prestigious Symphony Services International Conductor Development Program in Australia under the guidance of course director Christopher Seaman. He has also studied with numerous distinguished conductors including Leonid Grin, Paavo and Neeme Järvi at the Järvi Summer Festival, Fabio Luisi at the Pacific Music Festival and conducting pedagogue Jorma Panula.