For Christopher Dragon, his return to the West Australian Symphony Orchestra to conduct Symphonic Fantasy not only marks his homecoming to the orchestra where it all began, but also a chance to top last year’s unforgettable Symphonic Tribute to Comic-Con.
If you weren’t lucky enough to experience the hilarity of last year’s ‘wardrobe malfunction’ live in action, no doubt you’ve re-lived the moment on You-tube.
Having previously conducted in the dinosaur suit with the Colorado Symphony for the epic Jurassic Park score, what could possibly go wrong? “It’s a huge suit, it’s actually inflated with a fan inside. As I was conducting I heard a big thud and thought ‘uh-oh’. I knew something had fallen off the suit.”
As with all true professionals, the show must go on and Chris continued conducting with his tiny t-rex arms, “It started to deflate rapidly and all that was running through my head was ‘how soon can I get to the end!’”
Symphonic Fantasy brings together the spine-tingling soundtracks of your movie, gaming and TV bingeing dreams. Featuring spectacular award-wining musical highlights from Back to the Future, The Avengers and Fortnite.
“There is such a wide-variety of music in this concert, everything from movies, superhero music, and video game music. So there really is something for everyone, and for the audiences who maybe haven’t been to a symphony before, I think they will find this a very comforting way to be exposed to a symphony orchestra and really show it’s not a scary thing at all.”
In 2015, Chris made the move from his hometown Perth to the USA to take up the position of Associate Conductor for the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. He regularly returns to Australia to conduct with the Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras but most of all relishes the chance to return to work with WASO. “Last year’s regional tour was a definite highlight for me. Having the opportunity to travel with the incredible West Australian Symphony Orchestra to Geraldton and Kalgoorlie, reaching audiences who don’t often get to experience a world-class orchestra live.”
So what can we expect Chris to be wearing for Symphonic Fantasy? “You’ll just have to wait and see but I love doing stuff like this, I think music doesn’t have to be taken so seriously all the time.”
Friday 12 and Saturday 13 April – 7.30pm
Perth Concert Hall
Tickets at https://www.waso.com.au/concerts-tickets/whats-on/concert/symphonic-fantasy