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Lyric Opera of Chicago 2013/14 Season

The Lyric Opera of Chicago is one of our area's greatest cultural institutions and it is  currently part way through its 2013/14 season.  November performances include Wagner's Parsifal and Verdi's La Traviata.    Among the excellent resources created by the Lyric in conjunction with this season is a series of commentaries free to stream or download from their web site.  These commentaries feature a quick plot synopsis, musical highlights and information and anecdotes surrounding the history of each opera.

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NEW! Freegal Downloadable & Streaming Music Service

Looking for a way to get free MP3 music that you can play on your iPhone/iPodAndroid, or PC? We're now offering Freegal Music, a downloadable and streaming music service a lot like iTunes and available for free to Highland Park Public Library card holders. All you need to logon is your HPPL library card number, which gives you access to over 7 million songs - in more than 100 music genres. 

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Bob Dylan Receives France's Legion of Honour Award

Bob Dylan has been awarded France’s highest decoration, the Legion of Honour, for his contributions to culture and art as a musician and poet. Currently on tour in Europe, Dylan attended a brief ceremony in Paris where France’s Minister of Culture and Communication, Aurélie Filippetti, presented him with the distinction. Dylan commented that he was “proud and grateful” for the honor, though had little else to say before his departure. Dylan was previously denied the award for past political stances and personal actions deemed unsuitable for the Legion of Honour.

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Verdi Bicentenary (1813 - 2013)

Giuseppe Verdi was born on this date 200 years ago, October 10th 1813. In honor of his bicentenary, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will be streaming a live performance of his Requiem on their website this evening at 7pm. Also, visit the Audio Visual Department to explore our selection of Verdi recordings and videos.

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