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Detroit Symphony Orchestra gets $2.9M for music education

May 28, 2016

DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Symphony Orchestra says it has received a roughly $3 million donation for its music education programs.

The ensemble on Friday announced the $2.9 million gift from the estate of Dr. Clyde and Helen Wu. Orchestra officials say the bequest is the second largest in its 129-year history.

The DSO says the money will help sustain programs through its Wu Family Academy for Learning & Engagement.

The orchestra plans to honor the couple's legacy with a portrait-hanging and dedication Saturday evening before a concert at Orchestra Hall.

Clyde Wu had been a physician and board member of the orchestra's Education Committee, and Helen was a concert pianist. Their giving to the orchestra has exceeded $5 million.