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March 25, 2010

Another sensational Clef Notes ticket giveaway


Once again, the folks at Baltimore Sun Media Group have passed along some concert tickets that I'll offer free to lucky Clef Notes readers.

Two winners will each receive a pair of seats to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performance at

3 p.m. Sunday (March 28) at Meyerhoff Hall. The program, conducted by Marin Alsop, offers Stravinsky's colorful ballet score, "Pulcinella" and a rare opportunity to hear two short operas by great American composers -- Samuel Barber's "A Hand of Bridge" and George Gershwin's "Blue Monday." The soloists are members of Washington National Opera's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists Program -- who took part in a cool publicity stunt in Baltimore Wednesday afternoon. 

The 1922 Gershwin work is a precursor of sorts to "Porgy and Bess," a blend of operatic and jazz worlds used to tell the story of a passionate scene in a Harlem club. Barber's compact opera from 1959 depicts two married couples playing cards, each person thinking of something else.

To receive the free tickets, just answer this: Who wrote the libretto for each of those two operas? The first two correct answers received by 11:15 a.m. will win. If there are more than two correct answers by then (there are bound to be hundreds or thousands, surely), winners will be selected from a random drawing.

Posted by Tim Smith at 9:20 AM | | Comments (3)


Gian Carlo Menotti (Hand of Bridge)
DuBose Heyward/Ira Gershwin (Blue Monday)

You've got one right! Try again. There's still time. TIM

Gian Carlo Menotti (Hand of Bridge), and Buddy DeSylva (Blue Monday)

Congrats. You're winner No. 1 TIM

Gian Carlo Menotti (Hand of Bridge)
Buddy DeSylva (Blue Monday)

Congrats. You're winner No. 2. TIM

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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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