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

  • Baltimore Clayworks to reopen with new board, old debt

    Baltimore Clayworks to reopen with new board, old debt

    Two months after a cash-starved, debt-plagued Baltimore Clayworks shut its doors and appeared headed for bankruptcy and liquidation, the 37-year-old ceramics center has a new lease on life. On Wednesday, a freshly installed board of trustees announced that an agreement for continuation was signed...

  • Sequel to Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Phantom of the Opera' heads to Baltimore

    Sequel to Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Phantom of the Opera' heads to Baltimore

    If you ever wondered where that masked man goes after disappearing into thin air when the curtain falls on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mega-musical “The Phantom of the Opera,” you’re not alone. Turns out the celebrated composer was curious, too. That curiosity resulted in a sequel, “Love Never Dies,”...

  • 'The Cradle Will Rock' to get revival from Iron Crow Theatre

    'The Cradle Will Rock' to get revival from Iron Crow Theatre

    On the day 80 years ago that a pro-labor, anti-monopoly/corruption/greed stage work was about to be premiered in New York, a wind from the federal government blew and down came the production, cradle and all. But the targeted piece, Marc Blitzstein’s “The Cradle Will Rock,” didn’t stay censored...

  • Center Stage's Kwame Kwei-Armah named artistic director of London's Young Vic

    Center Stage's Kwame Kwei-Armah named artistic director of London's Young Vic

    When Kwame Kwei-Armah announced in June that he would not be staying on as Baltimore Center Stage artistic director after the 2017-2018 season, his seventh with the company, he said he had no firm plan on what the next chapter of his career would be. He has one now. Kwei-Armah will become artistic...

  • BSO offers literature-based music and a blockbuster piano concerto

    BSO offers literature-based music and a blockbuster piano concerto

    Long before audio books, people could hear the gist of literary works from music alone. Assorted examples are threaded through the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s programming for the 2017-2018 season, starting this weekend with two richly evocative “tone poems” — Tchaikovsky’s “Hamlet” and Richard...

  • Cohesion Theatre's promising new play explores Hatfield-McCoy feud

    Cohesion Theatre's promising new play explores Hatfield-McCoy feud

    When it comes to feuding, no one did it better than the Hatfield and McCoy clans in a region between West Virginia and Kentucky during the 1870s and ’80s, holding grudges and, at periodic intervals, dispensing their vicious version of eye-for-an-eye justice. There is more than enough material here...

  • Mega-church drama of 'The Christians' gets incisive production at Center Stage

    Mega-church drama of 'The Christians' gets incisive production at Center Stage

    Religion, like politics, may be an unsafe topic for polite conversation, but it sure can make for memorable theater. Lucas Hnath’s 2015 play “The Christians,” enjoying a terrific production at Center Stage, manages an almost miraculous feat — addressing matters of faith without condescension, manipulation...

  • BSO opens season with colorful mix of new, old

    BSO opens season with colorful mix of new, old

    The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra brought out a colorful assortment of the new and the old for the opening subscription program of the season and served it up engagingly. To start things off Thursday night at the Music Center at Strathmore, music director Marin Alsop provided then-and-now samples...

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