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Artsmash Critic Tim Smith covers classical music, theater and visual arts in Baltimore and beyond
Musical version of 'A Christmas Story' provides pleasant diversion at Hippodrome

Those who anticipate Christmas and its promised mounds of presents as if it were the most important, incredible, life-changing day of the year — or those who can still remember being that young and innocent — should find it worthwhile visiting the Hippodrome Theatre this weekend.

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Peabody partners with Young Audiences to reach Baltimore schools

The latest evidence of how Peabody Institute dean Fred Bronstein has steered the conservatory toward the community surrounding it: The Maryland chapter of Young Audiences, the national arts education advocate, is collaborating with Peabody to make available instrumental and vocal music to 181 city schools, plus more around the state.

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Everyman Theatre to give local premiere of Colman Domingo play 'Dot'

Among those attending the premiere of Colman Domingo's "Dot" at the Humana Festival of New Plays in Louisville, Ky., in 2015 was Everyman Theatre artistic director Vincent Lancisi.

"I think this play is going to be a classic," Lancisi says. "It's a universal story — a family coming home for the holidays, and grown kids dealing with their mom's aging. It's very funny and very poignant.

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Baltimore Symphony Orchestra names new CEO, from Grand Rapids Symphony

After a 10-month search, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has named Peter T. Kjome as president and CEO, effective Feb. 1.

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The dish on 'Hairspray Live': John Waters, Kenny Leon, Baltimore upstart Unissa Cruse-Ferguson

Asked the inevitable question about how things were going on the set of "Hairspray Live," which NBC will air Wednesday night, director Kenny Leon just laughed. And laughed. Then laughed some more.

"It's very scary," Leon said. "But it's going very well."

The mix of nerves and confidence is understandable.

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Two Peabody alums gain new conducting posts

Two young conductors who studied at Baltimore's Peabody Institute made significant career steps in recent days.

Stephen Mulligan has been named assistant conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and music director of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, starting with the 2017-2018 season.

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