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Dragon to conduct NZSO for Harry Potter concert

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra will perform music from the eight Harry Potter films in late September, under the baton of Australian conductor Christopher Dragon.

Music from composers John Williams, Patrick Doyle, Nicholas Hooper and Alexandre Desplat will feature in the sixth NZSO concert programme this year to feature music from film, video games or television.

In Wellington, the orchestra performed to screenings of Star Wars: A New Hope at the New Zealand Festival in March, and has also played film music in Summer Pops – Music from the Movies, The Jim Henson Retrospectacle, and the boutique Shed Series concert in Wellington.

The NZSO also played a mix of music from film, video games and television in Auckland at The Music of Comic Con.

Leading the orchestra for The Music of Harry Potter will be Christopher Dragon, Associate Conductor of the Colorado Symphony and a regular conductor with Australian orchestras, who is known for his passion for music written for film, television and video games.

This year he conducted the West Australian Symphony Orchestra performing music from Star WarsDoctor WhoGame of Thrones and Star Trek, and for a concert with the Colorado Symphony he dressed as a T-Rex while conducting music from Jurassic Park.

“I’m thrilled to be making my debut with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra to explore the whimsical music of Harry Potter,” says Dragon. “It doesn’t matter if you’re from Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or even Slytherin, there is something for everyone so be sure to hop on your broomstick and join us for a night of magic.”

The Music of Harry Potter will take place from 2:00pm on Saturday 29 September at the Michael Fowler Centre.