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February 24, 2005

Labeques at Shriver

French duo-pianists - and sisters - Katia and Marielle Labeque started making waves in the 1970s, barely out of their teens, and have enjoyed considerable popularity ever since. Their repertoire ranges from Bach to Berio, with room for Gershwin and Bernstein. Whether playing on one or two keyboards, the Labeques' chemistry can be very potent, as it is likely to be this weekend in a performance presented by Shriver Hall Concert Series.

The sisters will share the stage with one of today's most colorful and persuasive original instrument ensembles, the Venice Baroque Orchestra, directed by Andrea Marcon. The Labeques will be playing original instruments, too - from their collection of fortepianos - in a pair of Mozart pieces for two keyboards, the D major Sonata and F major Concerto (an arrangement of a work written for three pianos).

In addition to backing the soloists, the Venetian group will also be heard on its own in four concertos by Vivaldi.

The concert is at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Shriver Hall, Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St. Tickets are $30; $17 for students. Call 410-516-7164.

- Tim Smith

Olney's new season

Olney Theatre Center opens its 2005 season with a new adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan. Director Chris Hayes used an unproduced movie script, written by Shaw, to create this two-hour, intermission-less production.

The cast is headed by Jennie Eisenhower (great-granddaughter of the 34th president) as Joan of Arc and Peter Kybart as the Inquisitor. The set and costumes, designed by James Wolk and Sekula Sinadinovski, respectively, situate the action in an "other world," where miracles can happen.

Here's the rest of the Olney season: Omnium Gatherum, by Theresa Rebeck and Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros, March 30-April 24; Lend Me a Tenor, by Ken Ludwig, May 11-June 5; La Tragedie de Carmen, adapted from Georges Bizet's Carmen by Peter Brook, Jean-Claude Carriere and Marius Constant, June 22-July 17; The Miracle Worker, by William Gibson, Aug. 10-Sept. 4; Morning's at Seven, by Paul Osborn, Oct. 5-Oct. 30; and Oliver! book, music and lyrics by Lionel Bart, Nov. 16-Dec. 24.

Showtimes for "Saint Joan" at Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, are 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and most Sundays, 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays; with matinees at 2 p.m. Sundays, most Saturdays and March 17, through March 20. Tickets are $15-$39. Call 301-924-3400.

- J. Wynn Rousuck

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