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The Baltimore Sun

Tim Smith

Writer

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

  • BSO at 100: Looking ahead to the next century

    BSO at 100: Looking ahead to the next century

    The 1941 edition of Kenneth S. Clark's "Baltimore: Cradle of Municipal Music" quotes from an editorial "in one of the local dailies" during the early 1930s: "It does not require a musician to proclaim how much the city would have missed in good music since 1916 had there been no Baltimore Symphony...

  • On its 100th birthday, a look back at the birth of the BSO

    On its 100th birthday, a look back at the birth of the BSO

    It all started with a sort of "Kumbaya" moment. A municipal band founded by the city of Baltimore in 1914 played outdoor concerts in the summer months at the base of the Washington Monument in Mount Vernon. In June 1915, Frederick Huber, manager of the summer school program at Peabody, approached...

  • BSO president Paul Meecham heading to Utah Symphony/Opera

    BSO president Paul Meecham heading to Utah Symphony/Opera

    Paul Meecham, who became president and CEO of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra a decade ago after a period of high deficits and rocky morale, and quickly corrected its course, is stepping down at the end of June to take a similar position with the Utah Symphony and Utah Opera.  "If you had asked...

  • BSO makes dynamic music with conductor Jakub Hrusa, violinist Sergey Khachatryan

    BSO makes dynamic music with conductor Jakub Hrusa, violinist Sergey Khachatryan

    The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra welcomed back two 30-something guest artists over the weekend -- Czech conductor Jakub Hrusa and Armenian violinist Sergey Khachatryan. Both should come back more often. Khachatryan's visit was overdue. He made his BSO debut a decade ago, playing the Sibelius Violin...

  • Murai leads Peabody Symphony in stirring account of Mahler's Ninth

    Murai leads Peabody Symphony in stirring account of Mahler's Ninth

    "Only when I experience intensely do I compose," Gustav Mahler said. "Only when I compose do I experience intensely." What he experienced while writing his Symphony No. 9 must have been the most intense of all. This is a journey into the heart — and from the heart — that seems to sum up a lifetime...

  • Revamped 'Phantom' a stylish fit at the Hippodrome

    Revamped 'Phantom' a stylish fit at the Hippodrome

    He's as pitiful as ever — scar-faced, vengeful, obsessive, loveless. But the masked man currently haunting the Hippodrome Theatre can't complain about his surroundings. The revamped touring production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera" looks terrific -- especially in a venue that...

  • A diverting all-female production of 'As You Like It'

    A diverting all-female production of 'As You Like It'

    No wonder all the cool people are in Arden, the forest at the heart of Shakespeare's "As You Like It." That's where you're free to be who you are and where you can find a helping hand, maybe even a mate. In Arden, as much a state of mind as a natural refuge, there's "no enemy but winter and rough...

  • Brown Family Foundation announces $500K challenge grant for BSO's OrchKids

    Brown Family Foundation announces $500K challenge grant for BSO's OrchKids

    The Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown Family Foundation, a major force in Baltimore's philanthropic community, has pledged a $500,000 challenge grant to raise support from the African-American community for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's OrchKids program. That music education program, launched with...

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