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December 18, 2012

Hippodrome pursuing collaboration with Pennsylvania Ballet

The much-respected Pennsylvania Ballet may travel to Baltimore for a couple weeks every year for a residency at the Hippodrome Theatre. This collaborative project, which could start as early as next season, is being pursued by Hippodrome president Jeff Daniel.

"We should be doing more collaborations," Daniel said. "We should be an arts chamber of commerce for Baltimore. But this is not a done deal. I think I'm ahead of my skis. It is going to take ...

a warm reception from the dance community, funding community and the city."

It is not unheard of for arts organizations to develop secondary markets, which can expand funding opportunities as well as audiences.

A prominent example is the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, which offers full seasons in its home base at Meyerhoff Hall and in Montgomery County's Music Center at Strathmore. The Cleveland Orchestra goes to Miami for a residency every winter.

"I'm a big fan of second-city relationships," Daniel said. "It's a good idea."

Daniel and representatives of the Pennsylvania Ballet have been discussing the possibility of a Hippodrome season for some time. Further talks are scheduled later this week.

The Pennsylvania Ballet, a full time company with 40 dancers, was founded in 1963 by Barbara Weisberger, a George Balanchine protege who is also artistic advisor for the dance program at the Peabody Institute. 

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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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