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
8:55 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Bluegrass Twist to Classical Mass Music

Credit Jennifer Brandel / Creative Commons

  What happens when you insert a banjo into a classical Mass? On Sunday afternoon in Harford County, the Deer Creek Chorale will present the local premiere of a The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass. It’s a mass setting by Carol Barnett, an acclaimed composer from Minneapolis. Choruses sing settings of the Catholic Mass all the time, from the Renaissance right through the current day, composers have set the words to the ordinary of the mass both for liturgical use and as concert pieces. Sunday’s performance will feature the band for whom it was composed, Monroe Crossing. Host Tom Hall speaks with composer Carol Barnett by phone and Martha Banghart, the Music Director of the Deer Creek Chorale, to discuss this unorthodox combination. 

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Indie Front Man Headlines Baltimore's CityLit Festival

Credit Laura Musselman Duffy / Creative Commons

Despite the unease in the city following Freddie Gray's death, the CityLit Festival will still take place on Saturday from 10am to 5pm at the Enoch Pratt Free Library on Cathedral Street. A statement on their website reads that the leaders of the event hope that the gathering of Baltimore's literary artists and lovers of literature can be part of not only the healing process, but of the process toward thoughtful understanding and meaningful solutions.  

John Darnielle is the front man for The Mountain Goats, an indie rock band based currently in Durham, North Carolina. He is not only a musician but also a novelist, and he’ll be in Baltimore tomorrow headlining the 12th annual CityLit Festival. His latest book is entitled Wolf in White Van, which tells the story of a young man named Sean Philips, the inventor of a game called Trace Italian, played via postal mail in the 1990s. Sean’s face is severely disfigured, and as the novel unfolds, we learn the complex story behind his medical challenges, in this haunting book . Host Tom Hall speaks with John Darnielle by phone from his home in Durham.

Choral Arts Classics
12:38 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Canticum Novum

  For the April edition of Choral Arts Classics, Tom welcomes the directors of Canticum Novum, Douglas Buchanan and Joshua Bornfield, along with two local composers, Michael Rickelton and John Belkot, whose music was premiered last season by this terrific Chamber Choir

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Chicago Leader Behind An Interfaith Movement

Participants in Interfaith Youth Core engage in public service
Credit Interfaith Youth Core / Creative Commons

Living Questions is Maryland Morning's monthly series examining the role of religion in the public sphere. These segments are produced in partnership with the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies.

The ICJS will hold their annual Manekin-Clark lecture in mid May, and the speaker this year is Eboo Patel. He is the founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core in Chicago, a leadership movement  supporting college students to foster religious pluralism through service projects and events. And he is a member of President Obama’s first faith council.

Patel is also the author of two books, the latest of which he published in 2012,  called Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America. Eboo Patel joins host Tom Hall from  WBEZ in Chicago.

Maryland Morning
8:40 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Rodgers And Hammerstein's 'Carousel' Gallops To Baltimore

Cast of Olney Theatre Center's production of Carousel
Credit Stan Barouh

Theatre critic J. Wynn Rousuck has been to see Carousel at the Olney Theatre Center this week. She sits down with host Tom Hall to talk about the sounds, scenery and modern-day take on this gritty, iconic production. 

Maryland Morning
9:33 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Nationalism And Balkan Brass Come Together When An American Band Competes In Serbia

Credit Meerkat Media Collective

  The Maryland Film Festival-WYPR Spotlight Series continued earlier this week with a screening of a documentary film called Brasslands. The film tells the story of a band from New York that plays traditional music of the Balkans and details their journey to a major annual trumpet festival in Serbia

Host Tom Hall  spoke with the film’s director after the screening at Falvey Hall at the Maryland Institute College of Art. 

The director, Bryan Chang, happens to also be one of the founders of the Meerkat Media Collective. Chang talks about the Collective’s latest movie and their unorthodox approach to film making. 

Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Wed April 22, 2015

California Twang And The Streets Of Baltimore

Perlman Street in East Baltimore
Credit Dorret / Creative Commons

On May 2nd at the Creative Alliance in East Baltimore, musicians Arty Hill and Caleb Stine and their bands will join a host of other folks from the mid-Atlantic region and beyond in a show called California Twang: A Tribute to West Coast Country. The concert will benefit Believe in Music, a music education program which is run by the Living Classrooms Foundation. Arty and Caleb join Tom Hall in the studio with their guitars.

Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Keeping Community In Focus During Retirement

Takoma Park author Beth Baker has been studying the ways older people are coping with the challenges of living independently. Her first book examined how nursing homes are being transformed. Her latest book looks at how people are, in many cases, avoiding institutional care completely. As she points out, in 1900, only 4% of Americans were over the age of 65. In five years, that number will swell to 17%, and high housing costs will put nearly half of America’s 72 million baby boomers at risk of busting their budgets. But, living independently doesn’t have to mean living alone. The book is called "With a Little Help from Our Friends: Creating Community as We Grow Older". Beth Baker joins Tom in Studio A.

In The Bromo
1:07 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Ron Legler April 2015

Tom talks with Ron Legler, President of the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center about what’s planned for the Hippodrome's 2015-16 season.


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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Remembering Two Civil Rights And Medical Pioneers

Elijah Saunders and Levi Watkins

We want to take some time this morning to reflect on the lives of two Maryland civil rights pioneers who passed away last week. Their ground-breaking careers and the medical breakthroughs comprise a legacy that counts them among the most important and influential figures of their generation.

Dr. Lisa Cooper joins me in the studio to talk about the contributions of these two men, both of whom were her mentors. She was the first recipient of the American Heart Association’s Watkins-Saunders Award -- named for Levi Watkins and Elijah Saunders. She is the Director of the Hopkins Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Disparities, and she is also a recipient of a MacArthur “Genius Grant” for her work in researching disparities in health care between African Americans and Whites.

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