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Artsmash Critic Tim Smith covers classical music, theater and visual arts in Baltimore and beyond
Baltimore Symphony principal oboist files sexual harassment complaint against concertmaster

The principal oboist of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has filed a sexual harassment complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against the BSO relating to concertmaster Jonathan Carney.

Katherine Needleman alleges in the filing that Carney retaliated against her after she rejected his advances in 2005, and that the orchestra subsequently allowed a hostile work environment.

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An up-close and updated 'Sweeney Todd' at Rep Stage

That conflicted slicer is back, dispensing his peculiar brand of justice with wicked, if ever so tuneful, abandon, in a lean revival of “Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street” at Rep Stage.

Stephen Sondheim’s brilliant musical, inspired by a Victorian-era potboiler, has never lost its ability to shock since cutting its way onto Broadway in 1979.

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A sensitive revival of 'Dancing at Lughnasa' from Everyman Theatre

Early in “Dancing at Lughnasa,” the finely textured memory play by Brian Friel receiving an effective revival at Everyman Theatre, the narrator sets the scene — a rural Irish home shared by his relatives in the summer of 1936.

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Mixed reactions in British press to BSO's Proms debut

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s debut at the BBC Proms in London’s Royal Albert Hall, a particularly high-profile stop on its first international tour in 13 years, was met with mixed reactions in the British press.

A review in The Times by Neil Fisher awarded the concert three out of five stars.

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Creative havens: 3 off-the-beaten-path hubs for artists in Baltimore

Baltimore is brimming with creativity — murals and art installations, Station North Arts District and the Maryland Institute College of Art. But some creative havens fly under the radar. Here are three you probably haven’t heard of.

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BSO gets warm reception in Edinburgh Festival debut

Responses from online reviewing sites indicate that the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra made a great impression in its debut at the Edinburgh International Festival, the first stop in a U.K./Ireland tour.

On Aug. 24, music director Marin Alsop led the BSO in a sold-out concert at Usher Hall, featuring music of Schumann, Gershwin and Stravinsky.

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