Artsmash

Artsmash Critic Tim Smith covers classical music, theater and visual arts in Baltimore and beyond
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 Adolf Hitler from a radio address in 1933 will fill the room, promising to make Germany great again.

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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 by Kelvin Roston Jr., has been added to Center Stage’s previously announced 2018-2019 season.

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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 movie next month — there’s something meatier and more ambitious on tap, too.

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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?

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John Williams makes electrifying return to BSO, shares podium with Marin Alsop

Five years ago, supernaturally prolific film composer John Williams made his Baltimore Symphony Orchestra debut, conducting a program of his music that had the audience responding with rock concert-level roars. On Wednesday night at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, a second close encounter of the Williams kind set off the same kinetic reaction.

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Concert Artists of Baltimore shutting down after 31 years

Concert Artists of Baltimore, a professional orchestra and chorus led by founding artistic director Edward Polochick, is folding after 31 years of performing a richly varied repertoire with distinction throughout the area.

Barry F. Williams, president of Concert Artists, said Wednesday that financial struggles led to the move by the board of directors to shut down.

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