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  • Baltimore author Mikita Brottman 'serious as a heart attack'

    Baltimore author Mikita Brottman 'serious as a heart attack'

    An off-white piano sits in the living room of Mikita Brottman's apartment in the Belvedere Hotel. On a shelf is a glass jar containing a piglet pickled in formaldehyde. There's an antique metal bird cage, an old dress form and a collection of preserved beetles with jewel-colored shells. The apartment...

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

    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...

  • National African-American museum to open soon in Washington

    National African-American museum to open soon in Washington

    It's been nearly a dozen years in the making. Now, it's just 67 days and counting. On Tuesday, as Lonnie G. Bunch III conducted a hardhat tour of the soon-to-be-opened National Museum of African-American History & Culture in Washington to about a dozen members of the news media, his excitement...

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

    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...

  • Oboe kerfuffle: Classical music review launches social media maelstrom

    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...

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