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In 1813, two composers were born, one in Germany, the other in Italy, who would transform opera and remain titans of the form 200 years later. The bicentennial is sparking performances of the works of Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner around the world this year, including in the Northwest suburbs. The Northwest Festival Orchestra is planning a concert Sunday, Nov. 24, at Harper College to celebrate their contributions to the world of music and opera. "This is an extremely ambitious undertaking," Dr. Verne Schwager, music director and resident conductor, said of the Verdi/Wagner 200th Birthday Bash!