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October 28, 2010

Another Halloween-inspired program of classical song to consider

Those of you with a musically active interest in Halloween may want to consider "Night Songs," a program of nocturnal, mystery-rich works by Schubert, Faure, Rachmaninoff and others. This presentation of the recently formed Baltimore Vocal Arts Foundation features sopranos Jennifer Edwards and Natalie Conte, tenor Andrew Spady and baritone Michael Begley.

The concert won't be performed at nighttime -- you need to keep that free for trick-or-treating -- but there should still be enough atmospheric mood inside Old St. Paul's Church, where the concert will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are available online or at the door. (Coincidentally, another Halloween-y treat -- a concert of songs inspired by Edgar Allan Poe -- will be sung in Bel Air at the same time.)

Baltimore Vocal Arts Foundation, which presented a rarely performed operetta by Pauline Viardot last summer, promises another dose of off-the-beaten-path repertoire later this season, including works of Pergolesi, Gasparini and Chaminade.

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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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