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Wednesday, February 15, 7 pm, Seminar Room, Third Floor, Main Library

The History Book Discussion Group will read The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pious XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe, by David I. Kertzer.  A joint biography, based on access to newly opened archives, this book challenges the conventional history of the Catholic Church’s relationship to fascism’s emergence. Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Biography.

Copies of The Pope and Mussolini will be held at the Reader's Services desk on the 2nd floor. To register call 847-448-8620 or register online.

 

 

 

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Wednesday, January 18, 7 pm, Seminar Room, Third Floor, Main Library

The History Book Discussion Group will read The Defender: How the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America, by Ethan Michaeli. The story of the Chicago’s black paper and its influence throughout the nation, from Teddy Roosevelt’s presidency to Barack Obama’s, which The New York Times called “an extraordinary history. . . deeply researched, elegantly written.”

Copies of The Defender will be held at the Reader's Services desk on the 2nd floor. To register call 847-448-8620 or register online.

 

 

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Sunday, December 11, 2-3:30 pm, Small Meeting Room, Main Library

Who can fail to be delighted and moved by the triumph of love and goodness in The Magic Flute? Join us for this operatic fairytale as Prince Tamino strives for the hand of Pamina, accompanied by his lovable sidekick Papageno. You’ll meet the evil Queen of the Night — with her stratospheric high notes and show-stopping arias — and the virtuous high priest Sarastro in a story that encompasses both the real and the fantastical. Revel in this combination of heartwarming comedy and true heroism, and the unparalleled genius and beauty of Mozart’s music. A wonderful introduction to opera for all ages. Lecturer Karen Jarad will present an overview and play highlights from the opera.

   

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Sunday, January 8, 2-3:30 pm, Small Meeting Room, Main Library

If you’re drawn to vocal acrobatics, Bellini’s Druid priestess Norma will thrill and astonish you. The absolute pinnacle for any prima donna with the technical prowess, sumptuous voice, and dramatic fire to master its perilous challenges, Norma stands as a crowning jewel of the bel canto repertoire. This timeless story of love betrayed runs the gamut of emotions from loyalty and passion to jealousy, revenge, and redemption. You’ll hear melodies ranging from the stunningly serene “Casta diva” to the frenzy of vocal fireworks that pour forth as Norma’s rage overflows. Don’t miss world-acclaimed soprano Sondra Radvanovsky in this dazzling masterwork! Lecturer Carla Thorpe will give an overview and play highlights.

 

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Sunday, February 5, 2-3:30 pm, Small Meeting Room, Main Library

Opera has plenty of femmes fatales, but there’s only one Carmen. Her allure proves spellbinding as she seduces a hapless corporal and then a dashing bullfighter. You’ll feel the heat as you’re captivated by Bizet’s bewitching melodies — the smoky Habanera, the playful Seguidilla, the provocative Gypsy Song. Every single melody in this ever-popular opera is a beloved hit, and each is brought to life by a cast of spectacular leading artists. Join us for this production — never before seen in Chicago — and find out why it’s the perfect work to see again and again, and the ideal opportunity to introduce new fans to the thrill of opera. Lecturer Michael Fish will give an overview and play highlights.

   

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