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
9:45 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Examining the Messages in Handel's Messiah

Musicologist Michael Marissen.
Credit Sigrid Estrada

Tom Hall speaks with Michael Marissen, author of "Tainted Glory in Handel’s Messiah: The Unsettling History of the World’s Most Beloved Choral Work."

Although many people associate the Hallelujah Chorus and Handel’s Messiah with the Christmas holiday season, in fact, Handel, who performed the work dozens of times, never once performed it in December.  All of his performances were during this time of year, Lent.  

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In The Bromo
4:30 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Dave Barry on Peter and the Star Catchers

Peter and the Starcatcher National Tour

Tom talks with humorist Dave Barry about the show based on his best- selling book, Peter and the Star Catchers, which is at the Hippodrome Theater from May 6-18.

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Tue April 15, 2014

The Role Of Religion In The Public Square

Credit Carlos Smith / Flickr / Creative Commons

Tom Hall talks with Heather Miller Rubens, Catholic Scholar at the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies, and Mark Graber, a professor of law and government at the University of Maryland law school.
Tonight is the second night of Passover for Jews, and this is Holy Week for Christians.  This morning, a conversation about religion in the public square.  The founding fathers spent lots of time discussing the separation of church and state, and the argument about religion in general and prayer in particular in public settings continues to this day.  Here in Maryland, late last month, a federal court judge issued an injunction against the Carroll County Commission which prohibits “invoking the name of a specific deity associated with any one specific faith in prayers given at Board meetings.” 
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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Fri April 11, 2014

"Ghost: The Musical" at the Hippodrome

Katie Postotnik and Steven Grant Douglas, "Ghost The Musical" Tour.
Credit Joan Marcus 2013.

  A musical adaptation of the movie "Ghost" is in town. Should you see it before it slips away? Tom Hall and theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck review the Hippodrome's production.

"Ghost: The Musical" is up at the Hippodrome through April 13. 

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Author James McBride, on Making History Accessible

Author James McBride

Tom Hall talks with author James McBride.
National Book Award winner James McBride will be at the CityLit Festival in Baltimore this weekend.  His latest novel "The Good Lord Bird," depicts famous abolitionist John Brown.

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Singer-Songwriter Caleb Stine's "Maybe God Is Lonely Too"

"Maybe God Is Lonely Too" album cover art
Credit Caleb Stine

Tom Hall talks with singer-songwriter Caleb Stine about his new album.
Caleb Stine is a thoughtful, incisive singer-songwriter who’s had an undeniable impact on the Maryland music scene with his work with the Brakeman and a host of other regular collaborators.  He’s about to release his sixth solo album, a collection of songs that are haunting, probing, and wholly gratifying.  The last couple of times Caleb has appeared on the show, we’ve played the music of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger together. This morning, it’ll be all Caleb, as Tom Hall talks to him about the new CD, called "Maybe God is Lonely Too. " 

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Shelley Puhak on "Guinevere in Baltimore"

Shelley Puhak
Credit via shelleypuhak.com

Tom Hall talks with Baltimore poet Shelley Puhak about her new book.

What if characters from King Authur's medieval court went to Lexington Market and Fort McHenry? In her latest book "Guinevere in Baltimore," Baltimore poet Shelley Puhak has placed Arthur and Guinevere in those very spots.

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Mon April 7, 2014

"Deadly Medicine" Exhibit at University of Maryland, Baltimore

As the head of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute’s Department for Human Heredity, Dr. Otmar von Verschuer, a physician and geneticist, examined hundreds of pairs of twins to study whether criminality, feeble-mindedness, tuberculosis, and cancer were inheritable.
Credit Archiv zur Geschichte der Max-Planck--Gesellschaft, Berlin-Dahlem

Tom Hall speaks with Susan Bachrach, curator of "Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race."

Tom Hall tours "Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race," a new exhibit at the University of Maryland, Baltimore that examines eugenics—and how it’s affected today's medical ethics.

He is joined by Susan Bachrach, curator for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Fri April 4, 2014

The Art of Argument

Left to Right: Ignacio Evans, debate coach; Ameena Ruffin, Korey Johnson (holding cup); Amber Kelsie, debate coach.
Credit Photo courtesy of Towson University.

Tom Hall talks with Ameena Ruffin and Korey Johnson, members of the Towson University Debate Team.

Last month, Ameena Ruffin and Korey Johnson, members of the Towson University Debate Team, won the Cross Examination Debate Association national championship.  They are the first African American women’s team to win a national title.  On the way to their victory, they bested teams from Harvard, Michigan, NYU and many other prestigious schools.  

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Maryland Morning
8:40 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Films for Spring: A Band, A Vermeer, and an Arc

Jennifer Connelly as Naameh and Russell Crowe as Noah in NOAH.
Credit Paramount

Tom Hall talks with Jed Dietz of the Maryland Film Festival and Ann Hornaday of the Washington Post about movies to watch this month.

  Ann Hornaday, film critic for The Washington Post and Jed Dietz of the Maryland Film Festival, join us to discuss the must-see movies for April.

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