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

  • Pianist to mark centennial of Scott Joplin's death with concert at Germano's

    Pianist to mark centennial of Scott Joplin's death with concert at Germano's

    When he died on April 1, 1917, in a New York hospital from complications of syphilis, Scott Joplin was not yet 50. Financial troubles and artistic disappointments — especially over his inability to drum up interest in his opera, “Treemonisha” — marked the composer’s last years. A counterbalance...

  • Remembering the incomparable Barbara Cook

    Remembering the incomparable Barbara Cook

    The news of Barbara Cook's death today at 89 marks a terrible loss for American music. Others will write more detailed, more eloquent accounts of her life and legacy. I just wanted to take a moment to express my sadness at her passing, and to share a performance of hers that I'll always treasure...

  • Goya Contemporary exhibit addresses humans and nature

    Goya Contemporary exhibit addresses humans and nature

    Considering how much nature and humans are acting up these days, the summer exhibit at Goya Contemporary seems all the more apt. Nearly two dozen works by 11 notable artists are grouped under the title “Human. NATURE” at the gallery, making for an impressive, absorbing experience. This is not a...

  • Arena Players, Baltimore Rock Opera Society to collaborate on shows

    Arena Players, Baltimore Rock Opera Society to collaborate on shows

    One of Baltimore’s oldest theatre groups, Arena Players Inc., will join forces with one of the youngest, the Baltimore Rock Opera Society, to present two works about remarkable African-Americans. In February, the two companies will offer a rock opera double bill — “Determination of Azimuth,” about...

  • Annapolis Shakespeare Co. gives 'Alice' a brisk workout, some contemporary spin

    Annapolis Shakespeare Co. gives 'Alice' a brisk workout, some contemporary spin

    For reasons not clear to me, rabbit holes are opening up all over the Baltimore area, inviting audiences to take the plunge with that restless, dogged young girl named Alice. Fells Point Corner Theatre got this theatrical tea party started in June when it presented an offbeat version of Lewis Carroll’s...

  • ArtsCentric offers all-African-American production of 'Chicago'

    ArtsCentric offers all-African-American production of 'Chicago'

    Given all the current news about Chicago’s violence, it’s an interesting time to revisit a musical about that city in the 1920s, when killings were plentiful and generated feeding frenzies in the press. The beauty, so to speak, of “Chicago” — the 1975 jazz-fueled show by John Kander, Fred Ebb and...

  • Stillpointe Theatre revives Jonathan Larson's 'Tick, Tick ... Boom'

    Stillpointe Theatre revives Jonathan Larson's 'Tick, Tick ... Boom'

    Stillpointe Theatre, which has a fine track record of reviving musicals, has taken a fresh look at “Tick, Tick … Boom,” an autobiographical work from 1990 by Jonathan Larson, written six years before his reputation would be secured by “Rent.” Larson’s struggles to create something for the musical...

  • Marin Alsop enters the million-dollar club of American music directors

    Marin Alsop enters the million-dollar club of American music directors

    Marin Alsop, who has been inching toward the million-dollar club of American music directors for several years, is now officially a member. That’s according to the 2017 Orchestra Compensation Reports: Music Directors, compiled by Drew McManus and published on his Adaptistration web site. Actually,...

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