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

  • Pianists use their Concert Truck to make classical music more accessible

    Pianists use their Concert Truck to make classical music more accessible

    Classical musicians everywhere face the persistent question of how to reach new audiences, to get more people enthused about an art form they might not know much about. Some pianists have gone the extra mile to address the issue — they give free performances on a mobile stage dubbed the Concert...

  • Olney Theatre delivers vibrant revival of 'Thurgood'

    Olney Theatre delivers vibrant revival of 'Thurgood'

    The term “hero” gets tossed around so liberally these days that it feels good to be reminded of someone who fits the bill thoroughly — Thurgood Marshall, the subject of a one-man play enjoying a welcome revival at Olney Theatre Center. Written about a decade ago by George Stevens Jr., “Thurgood”...

  • Baltimore Clayworks artists will get chance to reclaim works from shuttered facility this weekend

    Baltimore Clayworks artists will get chance to reclaim works from shuttered facility this weekend

    After Baltimore Clayworks’ decision to shutter the decades-old ceramic arts center left artists and teachers without access to their work, the board of directors announced it will reopen the Mount Washington facilities this weekend during limited hours and under tight conditions. Facing over $1...

  • Baltimore Clayworks shutting down after 37 years

    Baltimore Clayworks shutting down after 37 years

    After a six-month saga involving attempts to pay off its debts, Baltimore Clayworks’ board of directors decided Monday to close the 37-year-old nonprofit ceramic arts center for good. “We’ve had to make the difficult decision to file Chapter 7 [bankruptcy] and shut down operations,” interim executive...

  • The BSO's New Music Festival strikes a potent chord

    The BSO's New Music Festival strikes a potent chord

    As I approached Meyerhoff Symphony Hall Saturday night for the final event in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s inaugural New Music Festival, my usual skepticism kicked into high gear. I mean, really — contemporary music in Baltimore in July in a 2,400-seat hall? Please. I was bound to see one...

  • A strong start to the BSO's New Music Festival

    A strong start to the BSO's New Music Festival

    It’s too early to predict if Marin Alsop’s vision of an annual New Music Festival under the auspices of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will be fulfilled. But, judging from the inaugural concert Thursday night at the Peabody Institute, it sure deserves a shot. The festival offers a varied lineup...

  • On world tour, Idina Menzel aims to keep things fresh for herself and audience

    On world tour, Idina Menzel aims to keep things fresh for herself and audience

    Defying gravity, Idina Menzel has soared through a richly varied career since successfully auditioning for a new musical called “Rent” in 1995, her first real theater job. She went on to create the role of the complicated witch Elphaba in “Wicked” in 2003 and catch the attention of TV viewers with...

  • Buyer for Clayworks' properties cancels deal, buys own building

    Buyer for Clayworks' properties cancels deal, buys own building

    The long-running saga of Baltimore Clayworks, the ceramic arts center in Mount Washington that put its properties for sale earlier this year to eradicate debt and finance a relocation, has taken another twist. Itineris, the Baltimore nonprofit that offered to buy the two buildings on opposite sides...

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