“Christopher Dragon was in an airport in Australia preparing for the long trip back to Denver when he received a call from the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra,” writes Dan Cepeda in Friday’s (5/24) Oil City News (Casper, WY). “The job of WSO music director was his…. He had just finished a concert performance in his native Australia and [headed] back to Denver in time for another performance with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, where he’s been associate conductor for four seasons…. The WSO publicly announced their choice … on Thursday night…. In addition to the Wyoming job, Dragon received a promotion at the CSO to resident conductor. [WSO Executive Director Rachel] Bailey and Dragon believe the relationship between the two orchestras will benefit both.… Dragon is already deep into programming the upcoming season [and intends] to commission an American female composer he knows to write a piece for the WSO in honor of 150th anniversary of women’s suffrage in Wyoming …. Dragon’s contract is for three years…. Among the goals are to expand the number of performances … add more pops concerts [and] take the orchestra … out of the concert hall more often.” Dragon succeeds Matthew Savery, who stepped down in 2018.
Posted May 24, 2019