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Sam Shepard
Best on Baltimore stages in 2013
Best on Baltimore stages in 2013

The arts world tends to think in terms of September-to-June seasons, rather than calendar years, but it's still fun to look back on the past 12 months and relive the performances that offered extra satisfaction. Although I may have missed some great stuff along the way — it's pretty near impossible to catch everything packed into a given year — I experienced plenty of rewarding activity on the classical music and theater scenes. Here are my picks for the best performing-arts events in Baltimore during 2013. January Baltimore Symphony Orchestra: "Hairspray." With John Waters serving as narrator, you just knew this concert version of the hit musical...