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Artsmash Critic Tim Smith covers classical music, theater and visual arts in Baltimore and beyond
Murder-mystery musical 'Dorian's Closet' begins to take shape

Inside a frigid, bare, black-box theater on the campus of Howard Community College the other day, a group of men sang ardently about imagining a world where dreams can come true and people can be celebrated for who they are.

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Thief steals dog portraits from Robert McClintock gallery

A thief, possibly with a penchant for puppies, stole artwork from the Robert McClintock Studio and Gallery Saturday afternoon, according to the gallery owner Robert McClintock.

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A sampling of theater, classical music offerings to fill summer slowdown

As the heat index rises, the number of cultural events falls around here, with most of the big classical music and theater institutions going dark during the steamy summer weeks. This can leave some arts-craving folks feeling at a loss.

But the calendar really isn't bare. Several outlets will deliver attractive events right into the doggiest of dog days.

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Concert Artists of Baltimore's 30th season to include Bach, Sirota premiere, homecoming

Concert Artists of Baltimore will celebrate its 30th anniversary season with a world premiere, a major work by Bach and a homecoming.

Containing choral and orchestral forces, Concert Artists has long been known for interesting programs, a knack that is reflected in the 2016-2017 lineup. The organization also has been known for moving around; a steady venue has proved elusive.

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Oboe kerfuffle: Classical music review launches social media maelstrom

Normally a music review posted on a classical music website would not cause a blip on the media radar.

But a Hong Kong-based music critic's review of a recording by a Baltimore Symphony Orchestra musician has resulted in the kind of international to-do typically suited to Reddit and Twitter than sites that traffic in Brahms and Beethoven.

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Baltimore Symphony Orchestra eliminates 6 administrative jobs

* This post has been updated to reflect a sixth employee who lost his job, plus other details.

Six administrative employees of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra lost their jobs this week when their positions were eliminated as part of an organizational restructuring.

Four of the jobs were in the marketing department, symphony spokeswoman Julia Kirchhausen confirmed in an email.

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