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

  • Goya Contemporary exhibit addresses humans and nature

    Goya Contemporary exhibit addresses humans and nature

    Considering how much nature and humans are acting up these days, the summer exhibit at Goya Contemporary seems all the more apt. Nearly two dozen works by 11 notable artists are grouped under the title “Human. NATURE” at the gallery, making for an impressive, absorbing experience. This is not a...

  • Arena Players, Baltimore Rock Opera Society to collaborate on shows

    Arena Players, Baltimore Rock Opera Society to collaborate on shows

    One of Baltimore’s oldest theatre groups, Arena Players Inc., will join forces with one of the youngest, the Baltimore Rock Opera Society, to present two works about remarkable African-Americans. In February, the two companies will offer a rock opera double bill — “Determination of Azimuth,” about...

  • Annapolis Shakespeare Co. gives 'Alice' a brisk workout, some contemporary spin

    Annapolis Shakespeare Co. gives 'Alice' a brisk workout, some contemporary spin

    For reasons not clear to me, rabbit holes are opening up all over the Baltimore area, inviting audiences to take the plunge with that restless, dogged young girl named Alice. Fells Point Corner Theatre got this theatrical tea party started in June when it presented an offbeat version of Lewis Carroll’s...

  • ArtsCentric offers all-African-American production of 'Chicago'

    ArtsCentric offers all-African-American production of 'Chicago'

    Given all the current news about Chicago’s violence, it’s an interesting time to revisit a musical about that city in the 1920s, when killings were plentiful and generated feeding frenzies in the press. The beauty, so to speak, of “Chicago” — the 1975 jazz-fueled show by John Kander, Fred Ebb and...

  • Stillpointe Theatre revives Jonathan Larson's 'Tick, Tick ... Boom'

    Stillpointe Theatre revives Jonathan Larson's 'Tick, Tick ... Boom'

    Stillpointe Theatre, which has a fine track record of reviving musicals, has taken a fresh look at “Tick, Tick … Boom,” an autobiographical work from 1990 by Jonathan Larson, written six years before his reputation would be secured by “Rent.” Larson’s struggles to create something for the musical...

  • Marin Alsop enters the million-dollar club of American music directors

    Marin Alsop enters the million-dollar club of American music directors

    Marin Alsop, who has been inching toward the million-dollar club of American music directors for several years, is now officially a member. That’s according to the 2017 Orchestra Compensation Reports: Music Directors, compiled by Drew McManus and published on his Adaptistration web site. Actually,...

  • Pianists use their Concert Truck to make classical music more accessible

    Pianists use their Concert Truck to make classical music more accessible

    Classical musicians everywhere face the persistent question of how to reach new audiences, to get more people enthused about an art form they might not know much about. Some pianists have gone the extra mile to address the issue — they give free performances on a mobile stage dubbed the Concert...

  • Olney Theatre delivers vibrant revival of 'Thurgood'

    Olney Theatre delivers vibrant revival of 'Thurgood'

    The term “hero” gets tossed around so liberally these days that it feels good to be reminded of someone who fits the bill thoroughly — Thurgood Marshall, the subject of a one-man play enjoying a welcome revival at Olney Theatre Center. Written about a decade ago by George Stevens Jr., “Thurgood”...

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