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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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Mon July 28, 2014

"The White Rail" by Clarinda Harriss

Baltimore is a weird place. Whether its quirk is distinct from that of other cities is often a topic of debate, but The White Rail, Clarinda Harriss' new collection of short stories, provides some compelling anecdotal evidence. The poet and author has published six volumes of poetry, and more than 350 of her poems have appeared in journals and magazines.  She was a professor of English at Towson University for 40 years, and with this new collection, she ventures for the first time into the world of short stories.

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Wed July 23, 2014

The History of Charles Street

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Tom talks with Baltimore historian and author John McGrain about the history of Charles Street.

This morning Tom Hall is paying a visit to the historian and author John McGrain at his home in Towson. Mr. McGrain is the former secretary of the Baltimore County Landmarks Preservation Commission, and from 1998 until he retired in 2007, he served as the official historian of Baltimore County. He’s written several books, the latest of which is a history of one of this area’s most familiar and widely traversed streets, Charles Street. From its start near the city’s Inner Harbor to its northern most tip in Lutherville, Charles Street has a rich architectural history and a long list of famous residents, which are chronicled in John McGrain’s book, Charles Street: Baltimore’s Artery of Elegance.

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Author Tiphanie Yanique on "Land of Love and Drowning"

Tiphanie Yanique
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Tom talks with author Tiphanie Yanique about her debut novel "Land of Love and Drowning."

Tom Hall talks with Tiphanie Yanique, author of the new novel "Land of Love and Drowning." Set in the Virgin Islands and spanning six decades, it follows a family struggling with the search for personal and national identity. Yanique will read from her debut novel at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore on Tuesday. More information here.

Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Fri July 18, 2014

The Pratt Library's Carla Hayden On What To Read This Summer

Dr. Carla Hayden
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Tom talks about some of the best summer books with Dr. Carla Hayden.

Searching for your next great summer read? For some suggestions about what we might want to read, we turn to someone who always has some great ideas. Enoch Pratt Free Library CEO Carla Hayden has a few suggestions. She talks with Tom Hall.

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Baltimore Museum of Art Features the Work of Seth Adelsberger

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Seth Adelsberger talks with Tom Hall about his upcoming exhibition.

The Front Room Exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art currently features the work of Seth Adelsberger.  He was born in Emmitsburg, and he received a degree in Fine Arts from Towson University.  A co-founder of the Nudashank Gallery, he has exhibited the work of many emerging artists, and now, nearly a dozen of his own works are featured in the BMA’s Contemporary Wing, in a show curated by the BMA’s Curator of Contemporary Art, Kristen Hileman.  Seth Adelsberger joins Tom Hall in the studio. 

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Mon July 14, 2014

The Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize

Neil Feather, the winner of the 9th Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize.
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On Saturday night, Tom Hall attended the announcement of the winner of the 9th annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize.  It was held at the Walters Art Museum, where an exhibition of the work of the seven Sondheim finalists is on display. 458 artists applied for the award.  A panel of artists and curators from NY chose seven finalists.  Baltimore was heavily represented in that group.  Six of the seven finalists call Charm City home.  

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Mon July 14, 2014

"Carrie the Musical"

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Tom Hall and J. Wynn Rousuck talk about Studio Theatre's production of "Carrie the Musical."

You may have gotten to know Carrie White in book form and you've watched others torment her on the silver screen, but how will a musical tackle her haunting story? 

Maryland Morning's Tom Hall and J. Wynn Rousuck review the dark notes of Studio Theatre's production of "Carrie the Musical."

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Maryland Morning
8:40 am
Mon July 14, 2014

What Is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome?

Nutrionist Monica Reinagel

Tom speaks with Nutritionist Monica Reinagel.

Nutritionist Monica Reinagel is a regular guest on Maryland Morning. Today, Tom Hall talks with her about a condition that 10-percent of women of child bearing age have to confront.  It’s called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). Read Monica's tips for how you can change your diet to help control PCOS.

Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Fri July 11, 2014

How 'Bout Them O's?

Camden Yards.
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Tom talks baseball with sportswriter Mark Hyman.

  As we approach Major League Baseball's All Star Break, "how ‘bout them O's"?  They’re in first place, three games ahead of the Toronto Blue Jays.  To help us revel in this good fortune, and for insight into the how and why of it, Tom turns again to Mark Hyman.

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Wed July 9, 2014

African-Americans and Gentrification in D.C.

Dr. Sabiyha Prince
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Tom and Sabiyha Prince discuss her latest book.

This morning, a conversation with a Baltimore-based cultural anthropologist who studies contemporary African-American urban life. Sabiyha Prince has written books and articles on the black middle class in Harlem, New York, diversity in the African-American community, and African-Americans and comedy. 

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