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Tim Smith

Writer

Tim Smith was The Sun’s fine arts critic, covering classical music, theater and visual arts. Before starting at The Sun in 2000, Smith was classical critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where he also contributed to NPR. He's written for The New York Times and BBC Music Magazine. His book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

Recent Articles

  • An up-close and updated 'Sweeney Todd' at Rep Stage

    An up-close and updated 'Sweeney Todd' at Rep Stage

    That conflicted slicer is back, dispensing his peculiar brand of justice with wicked, if ever so tuneful, abandon, in a lean revival of “Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street” at Rep Stage. Stephen Sondheim’s brilliant musical, inspired by a Victorian-era potboiler, has never lost its...

  • A sensitive revival of 'Dancing at Lughnasa' from Everyman Theatre

    A sensitive revival of 'Dancing at Lughnasa' from Everyman Theatre

    Early in “Dancing at Lughnasa,” the finely textured memory play by Brian Friel receiving an effective revival at Everyman Theatre, the narrator sets the scene — a rural Irish home shared by his relatives in the summer of 1936. “Even though I was only a child of 7 at the time,” he says, “I had a...

  • After two decades, Aldo's still a welcome site for stellar Italian cuisine

    After two decades, Aldo's still a welcome site for stellar Italian cuisine

    For 20 years, Baltimoreans have been known to have a quick, short reply when asked to recommend a really good Italian restaurant: Aldo’s. No wonder. On a recent, misty evening, this Little Italy mainstay — Aldo’s Ristorante Italiano, to use the formal name — greatly impressed with its impeccable...

  • Elegant, modern Mexican fare at the new La Calle in downtown Baltimore

    Elegant, modern Mexican fare at the new La Calle in downtown Baltimore

    You don’t have to remind me that first impressions can be deceiving. I’ve tried out my share of restaurants that seemed stellar in so many ways, only to prove less exalted during a second visit. But I still feel confident, after a single encounter, in saying that La Calle makes a first-rate addition...

  • Fratelli's serves an abundance of Italian fare in Hampstead

    Fratelli's serves an abundance of Italian fare in Hampstead

    There are good reasons why crowds flock to Fratelli’s, the restaurant serving down-home Italian (or Italian-American) fare in a Hampstead shopping center. I’m not sure if I’d wait long in line for the experience — reservations are limited to groups of six or more, so peak evening times may require...

  • Mixed reactions in British press to BSO's Proms debut

    Mixed reactions in British press to BSO's Proms debut

    The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s debut at the BBC Proms in London’s Royal Albert Hall, a particularly high-profile stop on its first international tour in 13 years, was met with mixed reactions in the British press. A review in The Times by Neil Fisher awarded the concert three out of five stars....

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