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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

  • Everyman Theatre cast romps through 'Noises Off'

    Everyman Theatre cast romps through 'Noises Off'

    And you thought the secret of the universe was deep. Nope. It all boils down to just doors and sardines. This piece of wisdom gets dispatched early on in “Noises Off,” the intricately stitched comedy from 1982 now at Everyman Theatre in a diverting revival. Delivered in the mellifluous baritonal...

  • Baltimore Center Stage readies world premiere adaptation of Toni Morrison's 'Jazz'

    Baltimore Center Stage readies world premiere adaptation of Toni Morrison's 'Jazz'

    In the first paragraph of "Jazz," the 1992 novel by Nobel- and Pulitzer Prize-winner Toni Morrison set in 1920s Harlem, a narrator lays out the bare facts of the plot — how a husband "fell for an eighteen-year-old girl with one of those deepdown, spooky loves that made him so sad and happy he shot...

  • Everyman Theatre gets in farcical mood, generates record advance ticket sales

    Everyman Theatre gets in farcical mood, generates record advance ticket sales

    Sometimes, you just feel like a farce. That time appears to be now, at least in Baltimore, where Everyman Theatre reports extra interest in its production of Michael Frayn's farcical romp of a play, "Noises Off," opening this weekend. "The ticket sale advance is the biggest we've ever had," says...

  • Bloomberg Arts Internships for high school seniors offered for first time in Baltimore

    Bloomberg Arts Internships for high school seniors offered for first time in Baltimore

    Previously launched in New York and Philadelphia, the Bloomberg Arts Internship program makes its Baltimore debut this summer. The program has selected 25 Baltimore City soon-to-be seniors for paid, six-week internships at more than a dozen arts and cultural institutions. The students were selected...

  • First play at Le Mondo will offer extra realism

    First play at Le Mondo will offer extra realism

    At first glance, the 400 block of N. Howard St. looks much like it has for a long time — mostly neglected. But amid the rows of boarded-up buildings, creative activity has sprouted for several years. The east side of the street houses the pioneering gallery Current Space and the multipurpose Downtown...

  • A colorful sampling of styles from Markus Stenz, BSO

    A colorful sampling of styles from Markus Stenz, BSO

    Markus Stenz leaves a distinctive mark each time he leads the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. It's felt as much in the repertoire choices as in the myriad sounds he draws from the ensemble. After Friday's performance of an extra-colorful program at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, I found myself hoping that...

  • Deconstructing a musical in '[title of show]'

    Deconstructing a musical in '[title of show]'

    It's one of those why-didn't-I-think-of-that ideas that actually worked. In 2004, two friends in New York — Baltimore-born Jeff Bowen and Alabama native Hunter Bell — spotted an announcement for a festival to showcase new musicals. They decided to give it a try, but, with nothing down on paper and...

  • Joseph Young named Artistic Director of Ensembles at Peabody Institute

    Joseph Young named Artistic Director of Ensembles at Peabody Institute

    The gifted American conductor Joseph Young has been named the Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Artistic Director of Ensembles at the Peabody Institute. The South Carolina-born Young, whose appointment is effective July 1, received his Artist Diploma at Peabody and, a decade ago, served as the first Baltimore...

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