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Tim Smith

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Tim Smith is The Sun’s fine arts critic, covering classical music, theater and visual arts. Before starting at The Sun in 2000, Smith was classical critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where he also contributed to NPR. He's written for The New York Times and BBC Music Magazine, and he's a contributor to Opera News. His book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

Recent Articles

  • Give a listen to these recordings with Baltimore ties

    Give a listen to these recordings with Baltimore ties

    The supposedly long-dead classical recording industry keeps churning out products every month, including some with strong Baltimore connections. Here's a roundup of recent releases that prove to be well worth a spin on the compact disc player, or your favorite downloading device: CORIGLIANO: Symphony...

  • Streisand delivers the vocal goods in Verizon Center concert

    Streisand delivers the vocal goods in Verizon Center concert

    Joking that she wanted to revisit highlights of her career before her "memories become misty and water-colored," Barbra Streisand took the crowd at the Verizon Center Thursday night on a journey through her nearly six decades of song and cinema. It was not the most coherently organized exercise...

  • From a Baltimore rowhome bathtub: A truly immersive theatrical experience

    From a Baltimore rowhome bathtub: A truly immersive theatrical experience

    Siobhan O'Loughlin is nothing if not fearless. The Salisbury native, who earned a degree in acting and theater arts from Towson University, has built a career largely based on provocative solo shows she has written and performed around the world. "Natural Novice," for example, deals with a woman...

  • Cultural exchange unites street artists from Buenos Aires and Baltimore

    Cultural exchange unites street artists from Buenos Aires and Baltimore

    Baltimore's street art scene is even more vibrant than usual this week. A cultural exchange called "Roots/Raices" has brought together local and Latin American street artists to explore social and racial issues. The most visible component is a big, bold mural by Argentine Alfredo Segatori and Uruguayan-born,...

  • 10 indispensable Barbra Streisand recordings

    10 indispensable Barbra Streisand recordings

    No two Barbra Streisand fans will arrive at an identical list of her great recordings, but I think there can be widespread agreement that these 10, listed chronologically, are priceless. "Happy Days Are Here Again" from "The Barbra Streisand Album" (1963): Streisand's first trademark performance,...

  • A fan looks back on 50 years of loving Barbra Streisand

    A fan looks back on 50 years of loving Barbra Streisand

    The TV screen slowly filled with a cartoon drawing of a child's smiling face as an unseen woman sang: "Draw me a circle that's perfectly round ..." Something about the unfolding image and the sound of the voice caught my attention. So did the title of the show that eventually appeared: "Color Me...

  • Relief fund established for artists affected by Ellicott City flooding

    Relief fund established for artists affected by Ellicott City flooding

    UPDATE: The member-owned Artists' Gallery is stepping up to support flood relief in Ellicott City, where many artists and art businesses suffered losses. The Artists' Gallery had been planning to move from its Columbia location to Ellicott City; that plan is now on hold. Members issued a statement...

  • 'Hoax' more successful at magic than theater

    'Hoax' more successful at magic than theater

    Long before we all found our email inboxes crammed with tantalizing news of fortunes nesting in Nigerian banks, needing only the simplest of responses before all that money could be ours, nefarious types preyed on the gullible in every imaginable way. Con artistry may not be the oldest profession,...

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