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Premiere of 'Moby Dick' opera set for Oct. 27

"Moby Dick: Scenes from an Imaginary Opera," a collaboration between composer Peter Westergaard and conductor Michael Pratt, will be performed at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.

Westergaard, the William Shubael Conant Professor of Music, Emeritus, has spent three years crafting a libretto from the 800-page epic of American literature by Herman Melville and setting the work to music.

Pratt, director of the University Orchestra , last collaborated with Westergaard on an opera based on William Shakespeare's "The Tempest" in 1994. The work premiered to critical acclaim and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

For the "Moby Dick" premiere, Pratt will conduct the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, a chorus prepared by Richard Tang Yuk, senior lecturer in music and conductor of the Princeton Glee Club, and five distinguished soloists.

Tickets are free and are available by contacting the box office at (609) 258-5000. More information about the opera is available in the Weekly Bulletin .

Contact: Eric Quinones (609) 258-3601

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