Artsmash Critic Tim Smith covers classical music, theater and visual arts in Baltimore and beyond
Stellar bass-baritone Eric Owens to give Baltimore recital debut

Earlier this month, Washington National Opera audiences experienced Verdi’s epic “Don Carlo” performed by a stellar cast. Making a particularly powerful impression was bass-baritone Eric Owens, who used his refulgent voice and sensitively nuanced phrasing to eloquent effect as he burrowed into the role of the anguished King Philip II.

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'School of Rock' tests young talent as it heads to Baltimore, tours the country

The ever-expanding movie-to-stage-musical genre gained a sizable entry with “School of Rock,” which opened on Broadway in 2015 and hasn’t taken a recess yet. Meanwhile, the national touring production, launched in September and hitting Baltimore this week, has also spread the appeal of the show.

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Baltimore Symphony to make first overseas tour in 13 years

The last time the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra ventured across the Atlantic was in the fall of 2005 for a tour that became a highlight of Yuri Temirkanov’s final season as music director. His successor, Marin Alsop, will be at the helm when the BSO returns to Europe in August after an absence of 13 years, a trip that could well become a highlight of her tenure.

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Orwell's 'Animal Farm' stings at Center Stage

You’re probably tired of hearing about vintage literary works that seem more relevant than ever. After all, the great ones will always speak in one way or another to contemporary issues, decade after decade. But let’s face it. Some pieces just scream “timely” louder than others, especially right now in our strained and volatile world.

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Everyman Theatre to explore food, family, life and death in 'Aubergine'

When Everyman Theatre artistic director Vincent Lancisi saw the Off Broadway premiere production of Julia Cho’s “Aubergine” in 2016, he found himself hooked from the opening monologue of the play.

That speech is delivered by a woman who relates culinary adventures of a foodie, but also how even the simplest food became important when she learned that one of her parents had been given a fatal diagnosis.

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Center Stage season to include Tony-winning 'Fun Home,' Paula Vogel hit, world premiere

For its 56th season, Baltimore Center Stage will deliver a production of the Tony Award-winning musical “Fun Home” and the recent New York hit “Indecent,” along with an American theater classic and a world premiere.

The 2018-2019 lineup begins in September with a revival of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” the sizzling Southern drama by Tennessee Williams from 1955.

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