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

  • 'Lady Day' conjures Billie Holiday in spirit, if not voice, at Rep Stage

    'Lady Day' conjures Billie Holiday in spirit, if not voice, at Rep Stage

    In March 1959, the time setting for “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill” now receiving a mostly satisfying production at Rep Stage, Billie Holiday was a mere four months away from her death at the age of 44. Years of substance abuse had taken a toll on her health and her voice, but, as her last...

  • Modell Lyric to present opera stars on new series

    Modell Lyric to present opera stars on new series

    There’s no telling when, or if, Baltimore Lyric Opera — any professional, full-scale company, for that matter — will ever return to the Modell Lyric Performing Arts Center, but there will be opera stars there this season. A new concert series dubbed Sunday Serenades will bring three terrific American...

  • Promising debut for new Choral Arts music director

    Promising debut for new Choral Arts music director

    It’s way too early to tell how the Baltimore Choral Arts Society’s next era will turn out with Anthony Blake Clark as helmsman. But, based on first impressions Saturday night at Kraushaar Auditorium, the new music director is off to a promising start. Clark’s musicality was readily apparent in...

  • Baltimore artist Joyce Scott celebrates Harriet Tubman in retrospective at New Jersey sculpture garden

    Baltimore artist Joyce Scott celebrates Harriet Tubman in retrospective at New Jersey sculpture garden

    HAMILTON, N.J. — She seems about to take flight, this 10-foot-tall woman with the bronze patina. She gazes fiercely ahead, cradling a rifle in one arm. Perched amid a landscape of elegant plants and, in place of grass, a carpet of quilts, the outdoor sculpture exudes confidence, determination and...

  • Jeremy Denk delivers absorbing recital for Shriver Hall Concert Series

    Jeremy Denk delivers absorbing recital for Shriver Hall Concert Series

    The good news is that Shriver Hall Concert Series, displaced by renovations being made to its namesake, has a decent alternate venue for the fall season at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, where pianist Jeremy Denk delivered an absorbing recital Sunday evening. The bad news is that the relocation...

  • Spotlighters to stay at current location through 2022

    Spotlighters to stay at current location through 2022

    Over the past few years, Spotlighters Theatre has been scouting for a new location, spurred on by the prospect of an end to the lease on its longtime, 65-seat venue on St. Paul Street in December 2019. That search is off for now, thanks to a successful renegotiation of that lease, extending occupancy...

  • Much to like about 'Shakespeare in Love' at Center Stage

    Much to like about 'Shakespeare in Love' at Center Stage

    The idea of William Shakespeare struggling with writer’s block — “Shall I compare thee to a … something … something” — made a pretty clever premise for the 1998 film “Shakespeare in Love” that snared seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. For another affirmation of the gag’s potency, check...

  • BSO shines with Strauss; cellist makes notable debut

    BSO shines with Strauss; cellist makes notable debut

    Last weekend, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra memorably performed sumptuous music of Richard Strauss with guest conductor Jun Markl. It’s doing so again this weekend with music director Marin Alsop. There’s another connective thread between the two programs — impressive cello playing. It came...

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