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Artsmash Critic Tim Smith covers classical music, theater and visual arts in Baltimore and beyond
A welcome revival for 'Anne of the Thousand Days'

He possesses wealth and yields power, surrounded by people devoted to helping him expand both. He likes to eat, and it shows. He grabs at women, force-kisses them if he desires, and, when they annoy him, bad-mouths them vividly.

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Everyman Theatre to hold workshop in New York for musical 'Los Otros'

Everyman Theatre will hold a workshop for the musical "Los Otros" next week in New York. A revised version of the 2012 show by Tony Award nominee Michael John LaChiusa (composer) and Ellen Fitzhugh (book and lyrics) is slated to be open at Everyman in March.

Two seasoned actors will be featured in the workshop.

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Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble opens Shriver Hall season in great form

Since its founding in London nearly six decades ago by Sir Neville Marriner, who died early this month at 92, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields has enjoyed a prominent position in the classical music world.

The Academy's chamber orchestra has made a trillion or so recordings over the years; the Academy Chamber Ensemble, formed in 1967, has its own substantial discography.

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Concert Artists of Baltimore opens 30th season with Bach and Offenbach

To launch its 30th season Sunday afternoon, Concert Artists of Baltimore returned to Westminster Hall, the scene of its first performance, and delivered a disarming program that managed to pack in the likes of Bach, Mozart and Sigmund Romberg. 

Genre-mixing seems to come naturally to Concert Artists and its founding artistic director Edward Polochick.

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Lintu leads BSO in works by Dvorak, Rautaavara

A week after the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra welcomed back one of its finest guest conductors, Vasily Petrenko, and did some sterling music-making together, the ensemble welcomed back another, to likewise gratifying results.

Hannu Lintu, chief conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, brings a distinctive dynamism to the podium that seems to grab the BSO's attention in a big way.

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Poe inspires work for solo viola, chorus, orchestra

Edgar Allan Poe, never lacking for attention in the city where his remains have been at rest since 1849, will receive some more next weekend, and in a very Baltimore-centric manner.

The Baltimore Choral Arts Society will present the Baltimore premiere of "Dark Bells," a Poe-based work for the unusual combination of solo viola, chorus and orchestra by Baltimore-based composer Jonathan Leshnoff.

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