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Music of Queen to be featured in upcoming Pops in the Park concert by Wyo Symphony

Music fans pass time before the start of the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra’s Pops in the Park concert on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City News File)

CASPER, Wyo. — Are you ready, Freddy, for a crazy little thing called “Pops in the Park”?

The Wyoming Symphony Orchestra is kicking off its latest season with the annual outdoor concert this weekend, which will feature the music of legendary rock group Queen this year.

To help pull off this kind of magic, the orchestra will be led by its music director, Christopher Dragon, and joined by a local choir as well as the Canadian rock band Jeans n’ Classics. Vocalist David Blamires will pull off the killer Queen vocal duties.

According to his website, singer and multi-instrumentalist Blamires has decades of experience in the music industry, starting out as a session player in Toronto before eventually joining the fabled Pat Metheny Group, where he and the band won multiple Grammy awards for albums they produced in the 1980s and 1990s. Born in England and raised in Canada, Blamires is now a solo recording and touring musician based in Chicago.

Casper’s Natrona Commercial Music will be the show’s opening act, according to the WSO press release.

Local food trucks will include Holy Guacamole, Hangry Dog, Papa’s Pork Chop, and I’Scream 4 Ice Cream and Wings. Open containers including alcoholic and soft beverages are allowed, but glass containers are not permitted — likely because glass breaks under pressure.

The concert will take place Saturday, Aug. 27, at Washington Park, with gates opening at 5:30 p.m. and music starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person or $50 for a family pass, which is good for two adults and three children. Children under 10 are free.

Ticket sales and more information are available at www.wyomingsymphony.org or by phone at 307-266-1478.