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

  • The BSO's New Music Festival strikes a potent chord

    The BSO's New Music Festival strikes a potent chord

    As I approached Meyerhoff Symphony Hall Saturday night for the final event in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s inaugural New Music Festival, my usual skepticism kicked into high gear. I mean, really — contemporary music in Baltimore in July in a 2,400-seat hall? Please. I was bound to see one...

  • A strong start to the BSO's New Music Festival

    A strong start to the BSO's New Music Festival

    It’s too early to predict if Marin Alsop’s vision of an annual New Music Festival under the auspices of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will be fulfilled. But, judging from the inaugural concert Thursday night at the Peabody Institute, it sure deserves a shot. The festival offers a varied lineup...

  • On world tour, Idina Menzel aims to keep things fresh for herself and audience

    On world tour, Idina Menzel aims to keep things fresh for herself and audience

    Defying gravity, Idina Menzel has soared through a richly varied career since successfully auditioning for a new musical called “Rent” in 1995, her first real theater job. She went on to create the role of the complicated witch Elphaba in “Wicked” in 2003 and catch the attention of TV viewers with...

  • Buyer for Clayworks' properties cancels deal, buys own building

    Buyer for Clayworks' properties cancels deal, buys own building

    The long-running saga of Baltimore Clayworks, the ceramic arts center in Mount Washington that put its properties for sale earlier this year to eradicate debt and finance a relocation, has taken another twist. Itineris, the Baltimore nonprofit that offered to buy the two buildings on opposite sides...

  • A weekend of eclectic choices for classical music, theater

    A weekend of eclectic choices for classical music, theater

    Classical music concerts and theater productions might be fewer during summer months in Baltimore, but there’s still a lot of activity on the calendar. Eclectic activity, even, as this weekend illustrates. Here’s a look at just some of the diverse attractions: NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL In an ambitious...

  • A hot summer exhibit at C. Grimaldis Gallery

    A hot summer exhibit at C. Grimaldis Gallery

    Every year, when the cultural calendar thins out and the heat intensifies, C. Grimaldis Gallery presents a welcome exhibit featuring an array of artists working in a variety of media. The gallery’s 40th annual summer show makes a particularly vivid impression. Spread over two floors, “Summer ’17”...

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