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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

  • Baltimore Symphony gives festive centennial concert with accent on youth

    Baltimore Symphony gives festive centennial concert with accent on youth

    The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra threw a 100th birthday party for itself Thursday night. About 2,100 folks turned out to help celebrate and, from the sound of things, had a good time doing so. Meyerhoff Symphony Hall was specially decked out for the occasion, starting with a new outdoor lighting...

  • 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...

  • Catching up with violinist Joshua Bell, the BSO's centennial guest artist

    Catching up with violinist Joshua Bell, the BSO's centennial guest artist

    The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is, quite rightly, the primary star of Thursday's centennial concert at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall — 100 years to the day since the ensemble debuted. But a little extra star power doesn't hurt. Joining music director Marin Alsop and the BSO will be one of the most...

  • Peabody Chamber Opera ready to ride 'Ghost Train' at B&O Railroad Museum

    Peabody Chamber Opera ready to ride 'Ghost Train' at B&O Railroad Museum

    Now arriving at the B&O Railroad Museum: "Ghost Train," an opera about a mysterious, dangerous vision that rides the rails. British-born American composer Paul Crabtree intended this work to be performed in or around abandoned railway buildings. Peabody Chamber Opera settled on a more practical,...

  • BSO welcomes back Andre Watts, Mario Venzago

    BSO welcomes back Andre Watts, Mario Venzago

    It was old friends week at the BSO. Pianist Andre Watts and conductor Mario Venzago, who have enjoyed long and productive associations with this orchestra, returned for another round of spirited music-making. The program traced a line in the development of Austro-German repertoire, from Gluck to...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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