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Photos: Music under the stars during WSO’s Pops in the Park concert on Saturday

Music fans gather around picnic tables before the start of the 2019 Pops in the Park performance on Aug. 24, 2019, in Washington Park. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

The third-annual “Pops in the Park” outdoor performance by the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra filled central Casper with music on Saturday evening.

On a near-perfect Casper summer night, hundreds packing lawn chairs, snacks and blankets surrounded the historic bandshell and heard a program consisting of music by legendary film composer John Williams.

Renowned concert violinist Sandy Cameron performed for the emotional Oscar-winning theme for Schindler’s List.

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The performance was intended to be the debut for the WSO’s new music director Christopher Dragon. However, a delay in the Australian’s visa paperwork forced the organization to find a last-minute replacement.

They found it in Scott O’Neil, a resident conductor at the Colorado Symphony Orchestra in Denver.

Shortly before Saturday night’s performance, principal cellist Christine Hutchings said the orchestra loved working with O’Neil, who she described as having a “very zen-like” approach to making music.

Dragon’s official debut with the WSO will take place on its first programmed performance of the 2019-2020 season in September.