Artsmash

Artsmash Critic Tim Smith covers classical music, theater and visual arts in Baltimore and beyond
The lyricist for 'Fiddler on the Roof' explains why the 54-year-old musical remains relevant

Since its Broadway premiere in 1964, “Fiddler on the Roof” has ranked among the most beloved and most performed musicals. Fueled by a bevy of indelible songs — music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick — it tells a moving, eventful story of the daughter-laden milkman Tevye and his fellow Jewish villagers, ever under threat of a Russian pogrom.

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Baltimore filmmakers chronicle tuba player's inspiring journey from Sandtown to the symphony

Richard Antoine White looks back on his life — poverty and an unsettled family life growing up in Sandtown; tuba studies at the Baltimore School for the Arts, Peabody Institute and Indiana University; his current jobs with the New Mexico Philharmonic and University of New Mexico — and sums it up simply:

“The American Dream is still alive and well,” White says, “regardless of your circumstances.”

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Looming schedule cuts imperil Baltimore Symphony's status as 'world class' orchestra, musicians say

After losing $16 million over the past 10 years, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is considering paring back its schedule — a move musicians say will demote the BSO from “a world-class symphony into a part-time regional orchestra.”

Musicians, who had been playing without a contract since Sept. 9, agreed Thursday to a four-month extension of the previous collective bargaining agreement.

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'Sweat,' a telling drama of economic struggle, race and community, receives bold staging at Everyman

Although the battle and the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election will no doubt continue to provide the impetus for myriad works of art, I suspect a play written before candidates or results were remotely predictable will long be viewed as the most incisive of them all.

Lynn Nottage makes no claims to prescience.

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BSO musicians conduct pop-up concert to draw attention to expired contract

Noontime passersby in cars and on foot were greeted Monday by with the sight of four brass players from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performing in the median 29 at the intersection of North Charles and Centre streets. The musicians’ aim was to draw attention to a lack of progress in contract negotiations with BSO management.

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Bernstein's 'Mass' returns to Baltimore, as provocative as ever

Leonard Bernstein never stopped searching for answers to age-old questions of life, love and death; never stopped seeking a way to bring disparate peoples together, to make them feel, to care, to hope.

That search animated the incisive, riveting performances Bernstein conducted of works by Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and, especially, Mahler.

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