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Article posted: 11/15/2013 1:14 PM

Northwest Festival Orchestra to celebrate Verdi, Wagner birthdays

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Soprano Susan Dennis

The strings section is the heart of the orchestra, with many of the members carrying over from one concert to the next.

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Dr. Verne Schwager, directing a rehearsal performance, is the resident conductor of the Northwest Festival Orchestra.

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Oscar Menoyo and Sarah Ponder Brock perform with the Northwest Festival Orchestra in December 2012.

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Lindsey Poling performs with the Northwest Festival Orchestra in December 2011 under the direction of Dr. Verne Schwager.

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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!
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    • Soprano Susan Dennis
    •  The strings section is the heart of the orchestra, with many of the members carrying over from one concert to the next.
    •  Dr. Verne Schwager, directing a rehearsal performance, is the resident conductor of the Northwest Festival Orchestra.
    •  Oscar Menoyo and Sarah Ponder Brock perform with the Northwest Festival Orchestra in December 2012.
    •  Lindsey Poling performs with the Northwest Festival Orchestra in December 2011 under the direction of Dr. Verne Schwager.
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