The Gift of Music: The Legacy of David DiChiera

Excerpt: Child piano prodigy. Oakland University professor. Composer. Founder of the Michigan Opera Theatre and Detroit Opera House. Legend.

David DiChiera, Ph.D., was many things to many people in southeastern Michigan and around the world. A foremost expert on opera, DiChiera brought the art form to Oakland University and Detroit, while fostering the careers of many talented performers.

DiChiera died in September 2018, leaving behind a wealth of materials from his extensive musical career, plus a beautiful grand piano. To honor his life’s work, the family of DiChiera donated his personal piano to the OU School of Music, Theatre and Dance.

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