T Rex conducting an orchestra

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Inflatable T-rex conducts an orchestra through the ‘Jurassic Park’ theme—and it’s dino-mite

The dinosaur's got talent.


Michelle Jaworski


Posted on Jan 4, 2018   Updated on May 22, 2021, 6:04 am CDT

People can do just about anything in an inflatable T-rex costume, whether they’re attempting to complete an obstacle course, dancing, or starring in a wedding photoshoot. But now we can add orchestra conductor to the list, after one led a performance of a fitting theme song.

John Williams’ Jurassic Park theme is gripping and powerful in its own right, but when a T-rex does it—as seen in a video widely shared on Twitter on Wednesday night—it brings the performance to another level. The music moves us, but the visual of a conducting dinosaur—one with a very limited arm mobility—takes it to another level. We can only imagine how much it took to nail down that kind of conducting.

And we can’t forget those little hops.


As it turned out, the video has been around for awhile. Initially posted nearly a year ago, the performance is from A Symphonic Tribute to Comic Con: The Tetralogy, a performance from the Colorado Symphony that featured themes and tributes to some of their favorite scores. According to 303 Magazine, there was plenty of cosplay in the concert hall among the audience and musicians, which is why you can see some orchestra members in costume. Conductor Christopher Dragon also got into it by starting the show in Beetlejuice cosplay but eventually debuted the T-rex costume in time to perform the Jurassic Park theme (and later even returned as Harry Potter).

If you liked the short clip of orchestra T-rex, the entire performance is even better.


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*First Published: Jan 4, 2018, 9:15 am CST