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June 22, 2006

INIMITABLE IBSEN

The lowdown -- In this centenary year of Henrik Ibsen's death, Olney Theatre Center's Potomac Theatre Festival is presenting two plays by the Norwegian dramatist. First up is Hedda Gabler, now in previews and opening Sunday. Under Halo Wines' direction, Julie-Ann Elliott portrays the title character, the perilously disenchanted new wife of a professor, played by Christopher Lane. Next month, the same actors will again play husband and wife - Dr. and Mrs. Stockmann - in director Jim Petosa's production of An Enemy of the People.

If you go -- Both Ibsen plays will be presented in the Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab at Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. The show runs through July 23, and showtimes vary. Tickets are $34-$44. Call 301-924-3400 or visit olneytheatre.org.

[J. WYNN ROUSUCK]

The orchestra project

The lowdown -- If you have never checked out the annual National Orchestral Institute at the University of Maryland, you are missing some impressive music-making. The project brings together top students from conservatories and colleges across the country to hone their skills with members of leading orchestras and excellent conductors. The public gets the benefit of several blockbuster concerts by an ensemble made up of all the students. To close the 2006 session, the institute orchestra, led by Eri Klas, will perform Prokofiev's Symphony No. 1, Hindemith's Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber and Strauss' Don Quixote.

If you go -- The orchestral concert is at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Clarice Smith Center, University of Maryland, Stadium Drive and University Boulevard, College Park. Tickets are $20, $7 for students. Call 301-405-2787.

[TIM SMITH]

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