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WSU Symphonic Chorus presents world premiere of David Del Tredici's Dum Dee Tweedle with Detroit Symphony Orchestra

November 27, 2013

Chorus Master and Interim Chair of the Department of Music Norah Duncan IV

The Wayne State University Department of Music, in collaboration with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, is pleased to present the world premiere of David Del Tredici's Dum Dee Tweedle, an opera in 10 scenes and a finale.

"The Wayne State Symphonic Chorus is both honored and thrilled to receive this special invitation to participate in a world premiere under the direction of Maestro Leonard Slatkin," said Chorus Master and Interim Chair of the Department of Music Norah Duncan IV. "I see this as a culmination of the special benefits the Department of Music has received through its collaborations with the DSO and a testament to the fine education and preparation for real-world experiences that our students continue to receive at Wayne State."

Del Tredici said this final installment of his "Alice Series" is unlike anything else. "Dum Dee Tweedle is total nonsense. Don't look for a normal plot or a cast of characters consistently sung. Everything, opera-wise, is askew," he said.

The concert will also feature Mozart's "Violin Concerto No. 2", performed by DSO Concertmaster Yoonshin Song.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov.30, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1. Tickets can be purchased by calling the DSO box office at 313-576-5111 and at

Wayne State University is a premier urban research institution offering more than 370 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 28,000 students.

Founded in 1918, the Wayne State University Department of Music cultivates music as a contemporary and global art, grounded in a long historical tradition, by combining higher education with professional training and experience for its undergraduate and graduate/professional students. Building on the strengths of its geographic and cultural setting, the department maintains public access to its performances and degree programs, high-level professional and academic standards, and unique creative and scholarly opportunities appropriate to a large research university, and cultivates a deep aesthetic understanding of music in students and the larger urban arts community.