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October 28, 2008

BSO's 'Mass' project not quite paid for

The BSO's remarkably successful production of Bernstein's Mass, performed in Baltimore, Washington and New York, had a price tag of about $500,000. That includes the transportation expenses for the orchestra and the Morgan State Choir, as well as the costs of recording the piece at the Meyerhoff (Naxos is expected to release the CD version sometime in 2009).

"Specific fundraising was undertaken for Mass," says Eileen Andrews Jackson, BSO veep for public relations and community affairs, "and we are about 75 percent of the way there." Helping with the bottom line was the strong turnout in each venue, with sold-out or nearly sold-out conditions for all six performances.

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About Tim Smith
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

I joined the Baltimore Sun as classical music critic in 2000 and, in 2009, also became theater critic, giving me the opportunity to annoy a whole new audience. In 2010, my original Clef Notes blog expanded to encompass a theatrical component -- how could I resist calling it Drama Queens? I hope you'll find both sides of this blog coin worth exploring and reacting to; your own comments are always welcome and valued (well, most of them, at least).

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