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

  • Guest writer reviews Frederick Swann's organ recital at Brown Memorial

    Guest writer reviews Frederick Swann's organ recital at Brown Memorial

    Frederick Swann has long been among the country's eminent organists. At 85, this formidable musician gave a recital over the weekend on the 1931 Skinner Organ at Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church, co-sponsored by the Tiffany Series and the Baltimore Chapter of the American Guild of...

  • BSO percussionist receives Ford Musician Award for community service

    BSO percussionist receives Ford Musician Award for community service

    Baltimore Symphony Orchestra percussionist Brian Prechtl is among five recipients selected by the League of American Orchestras to receive the newly established Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service. The awards will be presented during the League's national conference in Baltimore...

  • Incisive cast, problematic direction for 'Streetcar'

    Incisive cast, problematic direction for 'Streetcar'

    Few guests arrive with as much baggage as Blanche DuBois when she alights from a New Orleans streetcar named Desire, transfers to another called Cemeteries and rides six blocks to reach an avenue sporting the unlikely name Elysian Fields. Loaded down with more longings than belongings, Blanche...

  • Affecting music by Baltimore composer marks Freddie Gray anniversary

    Affecting music by Baltimore composer marks Freddie Gray anniversary

    By a sobering coincidence of timing, the world premiere of "Rise," a cantata by Judah Adashi that uses Tameka Cage Conley poems reflecting on the civil rights movement, occurred in Washington on the day Freddie Gray died 40 miles away. Exactly one year later, "Rise" received its Baltimore premiere...

  • Postcard from New York weekend with the BSO, the Philharmonic and the Met

    Postcard from New York weekend with the BSO, the Philharmonic and the Met

    There is never a shortage of reasons to head off to New York, but last weekend's musical activities there proved particularly enticing. I always like to see the hometown team play Carnegie Hall whenever I can, so the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's "The City"/Mahler 5 program there provided one...

  • Center Stage gives 'Detroit '67' sterling production

    Center Stage gives 'Detroit '67' sterling production

    As Baltimore marks the first anniversary of the Freddie Gray riots, Center Stage presents a rewarding opportunity for people to examine the familiar issues — race, justice, family, poverty, lack of opportunity — from the perspective of another time and place. Dominique Morisseau's "Detroit '67"...

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