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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

  • Peabody Chamber Opera to perform trio of works about 'Women in the Dark'

    Peabody Chamber Opera to perform trio of works about 'Women in the Dark'

    Peabody Chamber Opera heads off campus each year to do something offbeat. The venue is the nearby Baltimore Theatre Project, where different is normal. And this season's production promises to be a little extra-different. Grouped under the heading "Women in the Dark," the company will present three...

  • A sampling of recent Baltimore-centric classical, jazz recordings

    A sampling of recent Baltimore-centric classical, jazz recordings

    The recording industry, long believed to be on its last legs, isn't quite done yet. For fresh evidence, consider these releases, which provide a vibrant aural sampling of what some Baltimore-connected classical and jazz artists have been up to lately. LEONARD BERNSTEIN: Symphony Nos. 1 and 2. Baltimore...

  • Everyman stages streamlined, well-cast, atmospheric 'Great Expectations'

    Everyman stages streamlined, well-cast, atmospheric 'Great Expectations'

    Only Charles Dickens could send his characters careening through a veritable collision course of coincidences and make all of it seem perfectly plausible and inevitable, not to mention entertaining. He did so with particular flair in "Great Expectations," the novel that has come bounding impressively...

  • Everyman Theatre to open 2017-18 season with 'M. Butterfly'

    Everyman Theatre to open 2017-18 season with 'M. Butterfly'

    In an unusual move, Everyman Theatre has announced one of the works on its 2017-2018 lineup — David Henry Hwang's Tony Award-winning "M. Butterfly," which will launch the season in September. The remainder of the season will be unveiled in the spring. It's turning out to be the autumn of "M. Butterfly."...

  • Baltimore Clayworks contemplates sale of building(s) to ease debt

    Baltimore Clayworks contemplates sale of building(s) to ease debt

    Since its founding in 1980 by a group of artists specializing in pottery and ceramics, Baltimore Clayworks has enjoyed considerable success, exanding into two historic buildings on opposite sides of Mount Washington's Smith Avenue with a combined 17,500 square feet used for creating, exhibiting...

  • A sweeping Bruckner 4th from Stenz, BSO

    A sweeping Bruckner 4th from Stenz, BSO

    In much the same way that many a concertgoer frets about having to hear any contemporary atonal music, some folks get mighty queasy when faced with a symphony of Anton Bruckner. The fact that he's a solidly 19th-century, all-tonal composer isn't enough to assuage their fears. If you happen to fall...

  • A complex path to parenthood in 'Samsara'

    A complex path to parenthood in 'Samsara'

    The winter season has heated up nicely. In addition to such attractions as Stillpointe Theatre's vibrant staging of the musical gem "Grey Gardens," there's a stylish production from Single Carrot Theatre of Lauren Yee's provocative comedy "Samsara." "Samsara" — in Hindu and Buddhist practices, a...

  • Center Stage rolls out new logo, web design in advance of re-opening

    Center Stage rolls out new logo, web design in advance of re-opening

    Center Stage is now Baltimore Center Stage. The new name, together with a new logo and website, comes as staffers have returned to their offices this week for the first time since renovations on the theater company's Calvert Street home got underway in early 2016. The renovated theater opens in...

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