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David Del Tredici

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Enjoy Del Tredici Premiere Via Webcast

David Del Tredici
David Del Tredici

- The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will present the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Del Tredici’s opera Dum Dee Tweedle, a setting of Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass, this weekend. The December 1 performance will be webcast live to a global audience via the DSO’s “Live From Orchestra Hall” series of HD webcasts. Hosted by WDET 101.9 FM’s Alex Trajano, the broadcast will begin at 3 p.m. (EST) and will include pre-concert and intermission interviews. “Live From Orchestra Hall” is viewable at no charge by logging on to dso.org/live or via DSO to Go, the DSO’s free mobile app. Or, you can watch it on your computer right on this web page (see player screen below).

Written in 1995, Dum Dee Tweedle has never been performed in its entirety. Initially created during a difficult time in the composer’s life—his partner was losing his battle with the AIDS virus—the opera is notably happy in nature with fast tempos and has been described by Del Tredici as his “consolation”. Dum Dee Tweedle is both the largest and the last of Del Tredici’s body of work dedicated to the Alice stories and is the composer’s only opera. The work is in 10 scenes with a finale and is written for narrator, four solo voices, a chorus, and a large orchestra.

DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin will be the conductor for this weekend’s performances, set for Saturday, November 30, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, December 1, at 3 p.m. at Detroit’s Orchestra Hall. Artists performing include Hila Plitmann (soprano), Re’ut Ben-Ze’ev (mezzo soprano), Scott Ramsay (tenor), Michael Kelly (baritone), Alexandra Silber (narrator), and the Wayne State University Symphonic Choir.

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