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July 17, 2009

Artscape has a classical music side, too

Although best known for its visual arts and pop/rock/jazz concerts, the annual Artscape extravaganza has its classical side. Here are some free events that should provide a welcome break from the heat and mobs outside.

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will give a concert at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Meyerhoff; backstage tours and an "instrumental petting zoo" (sounds spooky to me) are also planned that day.

Local opera organizations have programs, too, all held at Corpus Christi Church (110 W. Lafayette). First up is a tribute to the immortal ...

Maria Callas. This Baltimore Concert Opera presentation will be narrated by Fabrizio Melano, a friend of Callas, with music performed by soprano Francesca Mondanaro and pianist Jim Harp (5:45 Friday).

Opera Vivente offers "I Hear America Singing: A Musical Celebration of the American Spirit," which promises folk, pop and more (2 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday).

And American Opera Theater will present John Dowland's A Pilgrimes Solace from 1612, performed by mezzo Monica Reinagle and guitarist Andrew Dickenson (2 and 5 p.m. Sunday).

Interspersed with the opera will be recitals by local organists (1 and 3:15 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday).


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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).

Think of this as your open-all-hours, cyber green room, where there's always a performer or performance to discuss, some news to digest, or maybe just a little good gossip to share.
Note: Tim Smith now writes about the fine arts at This blog will be kept in place as an archive for an indefinite period. Please visit the new location to get the latest Mid-Atlantic arts coverage.
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