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Artsmash Critic Tim Smith covers classical music, theater and visual arts in Baltimore and beyond
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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Baltimore's Andy Karl to star in 'Groundhog Day' on Broadway, following London success

The Baltimore-born actor Andy Karl, who starred on Broadway two years ago in the title role of the musical version of "Rocky," will be back on the Great White Way this spring to head the cast in another movie-turned-musical, "Groundhog Day."

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Works featuring baryton spice Pro Musica Rara's season-opener

Pro Musica Rara opened its 42nd season Sunday afternoon with a program tilted toward Haydn -- always a welcome tilt -- and spiced by the cool instrument called a baryton.

That instrument has one set of strings in front for bowing and another on the back to vibrate sympathetically with the first (and also to be used by plucking).

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Petrenko, BSO deliver powerhouse account of Shostakovich's 10th

Vasily Petrenko, who led memorable concerts with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 2009 and 2011, is back this weekend, as impressive as ever.

Since his last visit, he was quoted making dismissive comments about female conductors.

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Stillpointe Theatre expands to include next door space on North Charles Street

Stillpointe Theatre, one of the cool DIY troupes on the Baltimore scene, is spreading out. After opening new rented digs last year in Station North at 1825 N. Charles Street, the company this month rented the place next door, too.

That added venue at 1823 N.

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