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

  • Good pizza, pasta and more at Pie in the Sky

    Good pizza, pasta and more at Pie in the Sky

    The possibility of world peace — let alone something really, really inconceivable, like properly synchronized traffic lights in Baltimore — may be just pie in the sky. But there’s no wishful thinking required when it comes to the Fells Point establishment Pie in the Sky, which delivers satisfying...

  • BSO New Music Festival filled with eclectic works, electric performances

    BSO New Music Festival filled with eclectic works, electric performances

    Marin Alsop has accomplished a great deal during her decade-plus tenure as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s music director, starting with a steady honing of the ensemble’s technical skills; a new wave of recording projects; and an expansion of educational and community activities that includes...

  • New play addresses Trump election, rise of 'nasty nationalism'

    New play addresses Trump election, rise of 'nasty nationalism'

    Early in “Meditations on Nationalism,” a play that receives its premiere from Baltimore’s Quarry Theatre this week, the voice of then-presidential candidate Donald J. Trump will be heard bemoaning the state of the country and promising to make America great again. Moments later, a voice-over of...

  • Play about Donny Hathaway will return to Center Stage

    Play about Donny Hathaway will return to Center Stage

    "Twisted Melodies," a one-man play about the difficult life of soul artist Donny Hathaway, was such a hit with audiences last year at Baltimore Center Stage that its run was extended. If you missed it, or want to experience it again, another chance is coming. The play, written and superbly performed...

  • BSO's second New Music Festival to offer another colorful mix of works by living composers

    BSO's second New Music Festival to offer another colorful mix of works by living composers

    With warm weather, many an orchestra slips into a mode of super-popular classics (Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” is a given) and other lighter fare. Although the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra certainly offers its share of this kind of programming — it will perform the soundtrack to a Harry Potter...

  • In Washington debut, ‘Hamilton’ feels freshly relevant

    In Washington debut, ‘Hamilton’ feels freshly relevant

    Complaints and taunts aimed at immigrants. A sex scandal involving a high government official. Intense partisan bickering fueled by short-fused tempers. Tired of being bombarded with all those current, terribly distressing issues? Head to the Kennedy Center Opera House, where the superb national...

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