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August 17, 2009

Classical music gossip/parody/satire site launched

It was bound to happen. Something called The Cereal List has emerged from the Internet ether, a site devoted to gossip, satire and parody involving the supposedly staid world of classical music.

I can't say I laughed 'til I cried over the material on the inaugural page, dated Sunday, but I dare not hasten to judgment -- especially since a PR release I got Monday promises an imminent report on the annual meeting of the Music Critics Association in New York that I just got back from (and that I was a considerable part of, in my last days as president of said organization). I quake in anticipation.

Here's the disclaimer posted on the site:

The Cereal List parodies and satirizes both the big stars and the bit players of the classical music world in a spirit of fun and good humor. The Cereal List blurs the boundaries between fact and fiction, just like your best friend in the 9th grade, so take everything we report with a grain of salt. The Cereal List is not intended for readers under 18 years of age.

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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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