Tom Hall

Culture Editor - Maryland Morning and Host, Choral Arts Classics

Tom Hall is the Arts & Culture Editor for Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast and the host of Choral Arts Classics on WYPR.  On the final Tuesday of each month, September-April at 9:00 pm from he hosts Choral Arts Classics, a monthly program featuring recordings of concerts by the Baltimore Choral Arts Society and many special guests.

Tom has been a dynamic force in Maryland's creative community for 32 years as a performer, broadcaster, lecturer, writer, and educator. Tom was named "Best Radio Personality" by the City Paper in 2009, and in 2006, he was named "Best New Journalist" by Maryland chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2006, he won an Emmy Award for his television broadcast of Christmas with Choral Arts on WMAR Television.  As the Music Director of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, he has collaborated with many of Maryland's leading arts organizations, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, the Maryland Symphony, Pro Musica Rara, the Walters Art Museum, and the Baltimore Museum of Art.  He appears regularly as a guest conductor throughout the U.S and in Europe, and he is invited frequently to speak to professional and community organizations in Maryland and throughout the United States.

Tom has published articles in the Baltimore Sun, Style Magazine, and many professional journals; he has served as a panelist for the National Endowment of the Arts, and he has lectured and taught courses at the Peabody Conservatory, the Johns Hopkins University, the University of Baltimore, and Morgan State University. He is a former board member and former chair of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.
Tom lives in Baltimore with his wife, Linell Smith.

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Choral Arts Classics
4:09 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Liturgical Musicians

For the February edition of Choral Arts Classics, Tom welcomes three of Baltimore's most prominent liturgical musicians, for a conversation about the role of music in the Christian and Jewish faith traditions.


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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Wed February 25, 2015

A Writer Tackles The Personal, The Political And The Global in 'Discontent and Its Civilizations'

The award-winning novelist Mohsin Hamid recently published a new book, a collection of essays, written over the last 14 years, while he was living in New York, London, and Lahore, Pakistan, the city of his birth.  The book is called Discontents and its Civilizations. Hamid talks about his new work in advance of his Friday night talk at the Ivy Bookshop.    

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Wed February 25, 2015

State Task Force Says Not Enough Marylanders Ready For Retirement

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On this chilly morning, a chilling statistic from a new report by a state task force on retirement savings, which found that about one-million Marylanders will enter retirement with no pension and basically no savings. So, what will retirement look like for all of these people? Will Social Security be enough to support them? Former Lt. Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend chairs the task force, appointed by then-Governor Martin O’Malley last year, to look into the problem. She joins us this morning to explain what the task force found.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Living Questions: What Is Religious Moderation?

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February's edition of Living Questions, our monthly series on the role of religion in the public sphere, examines the idea of religious moderation. With each new atrocity perpetrated by radical factions claiming divine guidance, a call comes for “moderates” to step up, counter those claims and restore reason to religion.  But how does one do that?  What does it actually mean to be a moderate?  How is it possible to be religious and not be, in some way, radical? Today's guest, Dr. William Egginton makes the case that the divide between atheists and fundamentalists are more closely aligned than they may appear. Dr. Egginton is the Vice Dean for Graduate Education at Johns Hopkins University and has just published his book called In Defense of Religious Moderation. He joins host Tom Hall in the studio.

In The Bromo
1:27 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

John Davidson

Tom talks with John Davidson, the multi-faceted entertainer who plays the role of the Wizard in Wicked, playing at the Hippodrome April 1-26, 2015.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Fri February 20, 2015

"Letters To My Black Sons: Raising Boys In A Post-Racial America"

  In her new book, Loyola University Maryland assistant professor Kaye Wise Whitehead has collected letters and poems she has written to her two sons, Kofi and Amir.  In the wake of the shootings of African American men and boys in Ferguson, Cleveland, Staten Island and elsewhere, the book couldn’t be more timely, or more poignant.  It’s called "Letters to My Black Sons:  Raising Boys in a Post-Racial America." Tom Hall talks with Dr. Whitehead about the book.

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Maryland Morning Podcast
8:45 am
Wed February 18, 2015

The Best Children's Books Of The Year

The Oscars are on Sunday night, but if you’re a young reader, the Academy Awards of children’s literature was held earlier this month at the mid-winter meeting of the American Library Association in Chicago. Paula Willey is our resident expert on great books for kids, and she joins me this morning to talk about some of the books that won some of the big awards this year. Paula is a librarian at the Parkville-Carney branch of the Baltimore County Public Library. She’s also a library consultant, and she writes about books at her blog, "Unadulterated".

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright Lynn Nottage On Her Play, "Ruined"

Lynn Nottage
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Ruined" is now up at Everyman Theatre. It tells the story of a remarkable group of women in a bar and brothel in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and how they cope with unthinkable sexual abuse and torture from both sides of warring factions in that troubled country. Nottage talks with Tom Hall about the play.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Anne Tyler On Her New Novel, "A Spool of Blue Thread"

Pulitzer prize-winning writer Anne Tyler has lived in Baltimore for decades. She has just finished her 20th novel entitled, A Spool of Blue Thread. It chronicles several generations of a family; their quotidian experience, as well as each character’s unique relationship to each other, and even to a house in Roland Park. Tom Hall visits Anne Tyler at her home, not far from Roland Park to talk about her latest book.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Wed February 11, 2015

"Touch: The Science Of Hand, Heart And Mind"

David Linden is a neuroscientist at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and the former editor of the Journal of Nerophysiology. His first book, The Accidental Mind, explored how our brains evolved over time to make us capable of things like romantic love and belief in God. In a book called The Compass of Pleasure, he argues that we are hard-wired to seek pleasure in a variety of forms. In both of those books, he writes about the inextricable link between our minds and our hearts. He’s just published a new book, in which he takes up the subject of touch, and again, he proposes that the many ways in which we experience touch, from a tender caress to a painful injury, are all tied, in one way or another, to our emotions. The book is called Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart and Mind.

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