'Wizard of Oz' will mark Theatre on...


'Wizard of Oz' will mark Theatre on the Hill's 10th season

As part of its 10th anniversary summer season, Theatre on the Hill will present "The Wizard of Oz" for three weekends beginning Friday. Curtain times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 ++ p.m., with matinees Aug. 3 and 10 at 2 p.m., in the Alumni Hall Theatre at Western Maryland College in Westminster. Tickets are $12.50 for adults and $8.50 for children.

According to co-director Ira Domser, the production combines material from the L. Frank Baum novel and the 1939 movie musical, and it also features a number -- "The Jitterbug" -- that was cut from the movie. For more information, call (301) 857-2599. The celebrated Soviet emigre pianist Vladimir Feltsman will make his Baltimore debut Wednesday in Meyerhoff Hall with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

The 39-year-old pianist, who will play Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto, became an international hero of conscience in the 1980s because of his highly publicized battle to leave the Soviet Union. Feltsman, who had been one of the Soviet Union's brightest pianistic stars, was stripped of all concert engagements when he asked permission to emigrate to Israel. His eventual arrival in this country four years ago resulted in much-publicized appearances at the White House and in Carnegie Hall.


Tickets for the concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m., are $12.

Stephen Wigler If it's Wednesday, it must be blues -- at least at the 8x10 Club on Cross Street. This week, the club introduces a new series for aficionados of jazz and Cajun/zydeco music. To start off "Blue Bayou Nights," James "Thunderbird" Davis with Big Joe brings his Southern blues to the Federal Hill club. The series will run through the end of August.

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