BSO opens 99th season in great form with Beethoven, Mahler

BSO opens 99th season in great form with Beethoven, Mahler

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s 99th season -- Marin Alsop’s eighth as music director -- promises to be eventful. That’s the take-away from Friday night’s performance at Meyerhoff Hall, where the concert will be repeated...

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Future Symphony Institute to be held at UB

Future Symphony Institute to be held at UB 

Andrew Balio is best known around here for the gleaming sound and refined musicality he regularly provides as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's principal trumpet, a post he has held since 2001. Offstage, Balio devotes a great deal of his energies to...

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Center Stage offers stylish revival of 'Amadeus'

Center Stage offers stylish revival of 'Amadeus' 

You've got to feel sorry for Antonio Salieri.

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'Autumn Leaves' project explores the art of aging

'Autumn Leaves' project explores the art of aging 

It all started with a number: 49.

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Hilary Hahn out, Pinchas Zukerman in for Baltimore Symphony's season-opener

Hilary Hahn out, Pinchas Zukerman in for Baltimore Symphony's season-opener

Hilary Hahn has canceled her scheduled season-opening performance of Beethoven's Violin Concerto with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and music director Marin Alsop this weekend due to muscle strain.

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BOPA announces 'Love Letter to Baltimore' mural project by Stephen Powers

BOPA announces 'Love Letter to Baltimore' mural project by Stephen Powers

The Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts announced that New York-based Stephen Powers, known for his public art projects, will...

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Star-Spangled Spectacular concert at Pier Six features BSO, diverse lineup

Star-Spangled Spectacular concert at Pier Six features BSO, diverse lineup 

Far from the smoothest production imaginable, and a little too reminiscent of a typical, lightweight PBS fundraiser, the "Star-Spangled Spectacular" concert Saturday night at Pier Six nonetheless...

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The Bard gets new 'Globe-ish' digs in Baltimore

The Bard gets new 'Globe-ish' digs in Baltimore 

For the past 12 years, the name Chesapeake Shakespeare Company has been most associated with its outdoor productions in summer and fall, reached by trekking up a hill to the rustic ruins of Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park in Ellicott City. Audience seating typically involved folding chairs or blankets.

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Center Stage opens season with revival of 'Amadeus'

Center Stage opens season with revival of 'Amadeus' 

In a letter to his father, a 25-year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart declared: "I pay no attention whatever to anybody's praise or blame. … I simply follow my own feelings."

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Helene Grimaud cancels Shriver Hall season-opener recital; Angela Hewitt steps in

Helene Grimaud cancels Shriver Hall season-opener recital; Angela Hewitt steps in

A stress injury to a finger has caused pianist Helene Grimaud to cancel performances, including one in Baltimore. She had been scheduled to open the Shriver Hall Concert Series on Sept. 21.

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Movie-based musical 'Once' reveals its charms at the Hippodrome

Movie-based musical 'Once' reveals its charms at the Hippodrome 

In an age when no cinematic product seems safe from being targeted for a theatrical make-over, and when so few of these movies-turned-musicals end up having much substance to offer, "Once" impresses all the more.

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DeVos Institute of Arts Management to offer training project in Baltimore

DeVos Institute of Arts Management to offer training project in Baltimore 

The DeVos Institute of Arts Management, a training enterprise founded by former Kennedy Center president Michael Kaiser (and previously located at the Kennedy Center), started operations at its new University of Maryland location in College Park this week and quickly announced new initiatives.

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A sample of the intense artistry of soprano Madga Olivero, who has died at 104

A sample of the intense artistry of soprano Madga Olivero, who has died at 104

For many opera fans, Maria Callas was the last word on lyrical passion. But there was another extraordinary soprano before, during and after La Divina's relatively brief reign -- Magda Olivero, who developed something of a cult following for her visceral singing and acting.

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Music in the Great Hall series opens with Brahms, Messiaen

Music in the Great Hall series opens with Brahms, Messiaen 

There are few pieces of music as absorbing, confusing, unnerving and transporting as Messiaen's "Quartet for the End of Time."

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'Banner' a hit song with staying power

'Banner' a hit song with staying power 

The sight that stirred Francis Scott Key on the morning of Sept. 14, 1814, from the deck of a ship on the Patapsco River, not only gave proof of the country's ability to survive a war with Britain. It also generated the verses that, set to a song of British origins, would one day be proudly hailed as our national anthem.

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Tony-winner 'Once' to open Hippodrome season

Tony-winner 'Once' to open Hippodrome season 

Big-bucks movies -- "Sister Act," "Ghost," "Flashdance," "Dirty Dancing," to name a few -- get turned into stage musicals with some frequency. Indie films form a smaller screen-to-boards subset. Of these, "Once," based on the minuscule-budget, shot-in-17-days Irish film written and directed by John Carney, may be the most distinctive.

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Everyman Theatre opens season with crisp staging of 'The Understudy'

Everyman Theatre opens season with crisp staging of 'The Understudy' 

Poor Harry. The struggling actor lucked out auditioning for an understudy gig, but he has little respect for the guy he's understudying -- Jake, a so-so star of low-grade disaster movies.

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Rene Marie pays tribute to Eartha Kitt at Creative Alliance

Rene Marie pays tribute to Eartha Kitt at Creative Alliance 

Every performance by jazz singer Rene Marie is an act of validation. Sixteen years ago, she faced an ultimatum from her then-husband — abandon music or get out. She chose the latter course, and went on to enjoy an international career.

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New dean aims to strike proper tone at Peabody

New dean aims to strike proper tone at Peabody 

The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University opens its school year this week with about 600 students, 150 faculty members and a new dean.

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New UMBC arts center is built for show

New UMBC arts center is built for show 

The just-completed Performing Arts and Humanities Building atop the campus of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, makes quite a statement from almost every angle — the sun-reflecting, stainless-steel-wrapped Concert Hall; the glass-enclosed Dance Cube jutting from the structure; views of the downtown Baltimore skyline from upper floors.

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Everyman opens season with 'The Understudy'

Everyman opens season with 'The Understudy' 

If there's one thing theatergoers like more than a play, it's a play about theater.

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Midweek Madness offers Stravinsky and some guys in their cups

Midweek Madness offers Stravinsky and some guys in their cups

A jolting cupful of Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" for your Midweek Madness break. I especially like the bits of choreography, as well as what I gather is a Finnish folk song that these guys from the Fabulous Backstrom Brothers Show toss into the mix.

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A salute to Leonard Bernstein's birthday, courtesy of Lauren Bacall, Stephen Sondheim

A salute to Leonard Bernstein's birthday, courtesy of Lauren Bacall, Stephen Sondheim

For many of us, Leonard Bernstein will always loom large. The conductor/composer/mentor/mensch left an enormous mark not just on the classical music and theater worlds, but on the world, period.

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Another review of 'Sunday in the Park with George,' from a six-year-old critic

Another review of 'Sunday in the Park with George,' from a six-year-old critic

Everybody's a critic. Now I've got to compete with a six-year-old. Jeesh.

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For Midweek Madness, another blast from the swingin' '60s

For Midweek Madness, another blast from the swingin' '60s

Your intrepid Midweek Madness provider is in New York City on a break for a couple days, feeling oh so cool (as one does here), which explains the choice of this ca-RAY-zee version of "The Lady is a Tramp" by Buddy Greco, trying his darnedest to be at his coolest. Don't miss the revised lyrics, which simply scream the '60s.

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One-of-a-kind oboe belonging to BSO musician stolen

One-of-a-kind oboe belonging to BSO musician stolen 

A one-of-a-kind oboe belonging to a musician with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra was reportedly stolen outside a Montreal hotel Tuesday morning. With the BSO season starting in less than a month, she’s anxious to get it back.

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Center Stage to premiere musical about Bob Marley by Kwame Kwei-Armah

Center Stage to premiere musical about Bob Marley by Kwame Kwei-Armah 

When Center Stage announced its 2014-2015 season months ago, there was one TBA on the schedule. The company announced Tuesday that the missing piece is the world premiere of "Marley," a musical about the Jamaican reggae sensation Bob Marley, written and directed by company artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah.

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'Sunday in the Park with George' gets rewarding revival from Signature Theatre

'Sunday in the Park with George' gets rewarding revival from Signature Theatre 

Has any creator in the realm of musical theater ever considered each syllable of text, each note and harmonic turn as deeply as Stephen Sondheim?

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For these musicians, a fateful first listen

For these musicians, a fateful first listen 

Music's communicative power — "such sweet compulsion," Milton called it — has been known to change lives. Hearing the right piece at the right time can make a person start to think and feel differently, maybe start down a new path.

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For Midweek Madness, Beethoven, Colonel Bogey and Dudley Moore

For Midweek Madness, Beethoven, Colonel Bogey and Dudley Moore

Your Midweek Madness provider is on vacation for a couple of weeks, but understands your need for periodic relief from the dreariness of life, hence this Beethoven-ized blast of a well-known march tune played by the ever so clever Dudley Moore.

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A statement from the Juilliard School on the death of Robin Williams

A statement from the Juilliard School on the death of Robin Williams

The Juilliard School in New York, where Robin Williams studied in the mid-1970s (he withdrew in 1976 before completing the B.F.A. program) and where he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree in 1991, has issued this statement on the actor's death:

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NPR veteran Ben Roe to be executive director of Heifetz Institute

NPR veteran Ben Roe to be executive director of Heifetz Institute

The Heifetz International Music Institute, a summer training program founded by violinist and Ellicott City resident Daniel Heifetz, has named public radio veteran Benjamin K. Roe executive director.

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ABOUT THE BLOGGER


Tim Smith is the fine arts critic for The Baltimore Sun, covering classical music, theater and visual arts. Before starting at The Sun in 2000, Smith was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where he also contributed to NPR. He's written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and he's a longtime 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.

FINE ARTS VIDEOS

MUSIC & THEATER EVENTS

October 10th (War Memorial Plaza)
September 27th : 8 p.m. (Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975; PG) )
September 21st : 2 p.m.; September 26th : 8 p.m.; September 27th : 8 p.m.; September 28th : 2 p.m.
September 21st : 3 p.m. (Sons of Pirates); September 25th : 6 p.m. (98 Rock the Dock: End of Summer All Star Jam!); September 26th : 9 p.m. (Whitehouse Effect); September 27th : 9 p.m. (The Piranhas); September 28th : 2 p.m. (The Music Workshop)
September 21st : 11 a.m.; September 21st : 3 p.m.