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July 19, 2010

Free tickets to BSO's Gershwin concert available here


Your favorite blog (it is, isn't it?) is once again ready to buy, I mean, reward your loyalty with free concert tickets.

Thanks to the marketing folks at Baltimore Sun Media Group, I've got pairs of tickets to give away to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Meyerhoff Hall. It's an all-Gershwin program, including the Overture to "Girl Crazy," "An American in Paris," and selections from "Porgy and Bess."

The "Porgy" excerpts, you will recall, were to have been performed back in the dead of winter, when a most annoying blizzard caused the solidly-sold performances to be canceled.

Fortunately, the BSO was able to create a kind of make-up concert as part of its summer season. Music director Marin Alsop, who was to have led the February program, will conduct on Thursday. Most of the originally slated guest soloists were also available for this better-late-than-never event, including soprano Indira Mahajan, a stellar interpreter of the role of Bess. Filling in for the Morgan State Choir will be the fine DC-based Heritage Signature Chorale. 

To get your freebies,

just be among the first six readers to post your request. I'll let you know if you've got the tickets, which will be left for you at the Meyerhoff box office.

On your mark, get set, Gershwin! 


Posted by Tim Smith at 11:59 AM | | Comments (7)


Yes, please.

Congratulations. You're Recipient One. TIM

I'd love to go!

And go you shall. TIM

Me, too?

It's your lucky day. A lottery win is bound to follow. TIM

Would like the Gershwin tickets

And you shall have them. TIM


You're the penultimate winner. TIM

Love Gerswhin!Hope I win.

It's 'your good news day.' You just won the last pair. TIM

Would love to go to the concert!

Sorry to say all the tickets are spoken for, but if anything opens up, I'll be in touch. 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).

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