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
Wed December 10, 2014

Musical Genes: Leon Fleisher And Julian Fleisher

The cover of Leon Fleisher's new record, "All the Things You Are."
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Leon Fleisher is a legendary pianist whose career has spanned more than 70 years, and whose contributions to the cultural life of the United Sates and the world are in so many ways, unparalleled.  His recordings of solo piano music, chamber music, and concertos are considered the gold standard for pianists, and in 2008, he was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.  His latest CD, All the Things You Are, has been nominated for a Grammy Award this year.  

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Mon December 8, 2014

The Nutcracker

Ballet West Nutcracker at the Kennedy Center.
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  'Tis the season to be jolly, and if you’re a ballet dancer, ‘tis the season to be busy. The Nutcracker Ballet, with the immortal music of Tchaikovsky and a grand tradition of annual performances all over the globe, is in high season here in Maryland. This month, nearly 20 ballet companies from all over the state will offer partial and complete performances of the Christmas classic, which means that hundreds of angels and mice and toy soldiers, along with dozens of sugar plum fairies and assorted handsome princes are getting ready to tell us the tale of Clara Stahlbaum’s magical night on that Christmas Eve, long ago.  
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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Fri December 5, 2014

What Films Should You See Right Now?

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Ann Hornaday, movie critic for The Washington Post and Jed Dietz, director of the Maryland Film Festival, join Tom for a rundown of the best movies out right now. 

Maryland Morning
8:52 am
Fri December 5, 2014

"Newsies" At The Hippodrome

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Tom Hall and Maryland Morning theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck have a conversation about "Newsies," the Disney movie that was turned into a Broadway musical. "Newsies" continues at the Hippodrome through Sunday.

Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Poetry That Explores Racial Lines

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Assistant Professor of Peace Studies at Goucher University in Towson, Ailish Hopper, joins Tom to discuss her collection of poetry called "Dark-Sky Society." Her poems are largely about race and the uncomfortable color lines between whites and blacks.  She writes in verse that one critic describes as "coiled and sprung," and deals with the legacies and complexities of the racial divide in America. 

Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Opera Singer Jessye Norman's New Memoir Details Her Extraordinary Life

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Jessye Norman is that rare opera singer who has achieved a level of celebrity usually only enjoyed by actors and rock stars.  But to call Jessye Norman only an opera singer is to ignore the wide-ranging repertoire she has performed and recorded, as well as her other artistic endeavors, which, for example, include curating a ground-breaking festival at Carnegie Hall.  She has also been an outspoken advocate for civil rights and a long standing ambassador for arts education.  She joins Tom Hall to talk about her new memoir, Stand Up Straight and Sing!

Norman will also join Tom Hall at the Walters Art Museum on Friday night at 7:00 as part of the Enoch Pratt Library’s Writers LIVE Series.  More details here.

What Are You Reading
4:26 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Reyna Grande

Tom talks with Reyna Grande, author of The Distance Between Us, which has been chosen as this year’s One Maryland, One Book selection by the MD Humanities Council.


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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Short Stories About Long Journeys

The cover of Jen Michalski's short story collection, From Here.
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In September, Baltimore author Jen Michalski  published a new collection of short stories.  Her first collection, Close Encounters, was published in 2007.  Last year, she released a collection of novellas called Could You Be With Her Now?,  as well as her first novel, The Tide King, which won a Big Moose Prize.  Her new book includes the stories of young people trying to find their way in the world, neighbors, families, old boyfriends, and even a pregnant man.  It’s called From Here. She talks about it with Tom Hall.

Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Writer Azar Nafisi On The Importance Of Fiction

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Ten years ago, the Iranian–American author Azar Nafisi wrote a memoir called Reading Lolita in Tehran. That book sold more than a million copies, and it was hailed as a powerful testament to literature’s unique potential in a closed society.  In her latest book, Ms. Nafisi examines the role of novels in American culture, by looking at three important works of fiction, and discussing how and why the stories we encounter in literature are so important to our democracy.  The book is called The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books. She joins us from her home in Washington, DC.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Living Questions: Religion In Politics

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We’re still reflecting on the election three weeks ago. As part of our series on religion, Living Questions, Tom Hall explores how religion influences politics.

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