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

  • Fratelli's serves an abundance of Italian fare in Hampstead

    Fratelli's serves an abundance of Italian fare in Hampstead

    There are good reasons why crowds flock to Fratelli’s, the restaurant serving down-home Italian (or Italian-American) fare in a Hampstead shopping center. I’m not sure if I’d wait long in line for the experience — reservations are limited to groups of six or more, so peak evening times may require...

  • Mixed reactions in British press to BSO's Proms debut

    Mixed reactions in British press to BSO's Proms debut

    The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s debut at the BBC Proms in London’s Royal Albert Hall, a particularly high-profile stop on its first international tour in 13 years, was met with mixed reactions in the British press. A review in The Times by Neil Fisher awarded the concert three out of five stars....

  • Charleston still living up to its stellar reputation

    Charleston still living up to its stellar reputation

    In an age when just about everything and everybody gets hyped to dizzying degrees, it’s nice to know that there’s nothing exaggerated about the paeans heaped for two decades upon Charleston, the flagship of area restaurants launched by Cindy Wolf and Tony Foreman. As a first-time Charleston customer...

  • A breadth of flavors at Nori in the heart of Hampden

    A breadth of flavors at Nori in the heart of Hampden

    Hampden’s dining scene seems to have been a little more of a revolving door lately, with various places coming and going. So it’s nice to see that Nori, which just replaced the recently departed Corner Restaurant and Charcuterie Bar, appears to have the right stuff for longevity. This casual Korean...

  • BSO gets warm reception in Edinburgh Festival debut

    BSO gets warm reception in Edinburgh Festival debut

    Responses from online reviewing sites indicate that the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra made a great impression in its debut at the Edinburgh International Festival, the first stop in a U.K./Ireland tour. On Aug. 24, music director Marin Alsop led the BSO in a sold-out concert at Usher Hall, featuring...

  • Who's the Google Doodle? Leonard Bernstein centennial feted by Baltimore Symphony, others

    Who's the Google Doodle? Leonard Bernstein centennial feted by Baltimore Symphony, others

    Leonard Bernstein stood about 5’7’’, but the dynamic conductor and multi-genre composer towered over the music world throughout his eventful life. That life and its myriad accomplishments have been the focus of renewed attention during this centennial year — attention that became all the more heated...

  • ArtsCentric brings fervor to the Elton John/Tim Rice musical 'Aida'

    ArtsCentric brings fervor to the Elton John/Tim Rice musical 'Aida'

    For some of us dyed-in-the-Verdi types, the biggest hurdle to be overcome when facing the Elton John/Tim Rice musical “Aida” is: Why? I mean, what is the point of creating a pop/rock version of what is widely considered the grandest of grand operas? Well, this second “Aida” may not hold a candle...

  • Acappella Italian Restaurant in Fallston serves up tasty comfort food

    Acappella Italian Restaurant in Fallston serves up tasty comfort food

    Amid the gently rolling countryside near the western edge of Harford County, a cream-colored, reasonably Tuscan-evoking building makes an unexpected appearance, located across the street from a much more ordinary-looking drugstore. It’s home to Acappella Italian Restaurant, an unassuming, come-as-you-are...

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