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April 30, 2010

Pipe organ fans can tune in via Web to Indiana U's new $2 million instrument

To all you lovers of organ music -- and I know you're out there -- you may want to be snuggle up with your computer tonight (April 30) to hear a live stream of the dedicatory concert for the $2.2 instrument at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. The stream starts at 7:50 p.m. If you miss that, there will be a live broadcast when the concert is repeated Sunday (May 2) on WFIU starting at 3:50 p.m.  

The C. B. Fisk-built, 4,000-pipe organ has been named for its donors, Maidee H. and Jackson A. Seward. The inaugural concert will feature performances by Janette Fishell, chair of the Jacobs School's Organ Department, as well as Christopher Young, Jeffrey Smith, Charles Webb and Marilyn Keiser.

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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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