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
9:00 am
Wed August 26, 2015

Remembering Civil Rights Activist, Julian Bond

Civil rights activist, Julian Bond, died ten days ago at the age of 75.
Credit Reston Community Center via flickr Creative Commons

The charismatic equal-rights champion, Julian Bond, died ten days ago. He was 75. He served two decades in the Georgia legislature, and taught history for two decades at the University of Virginia – but he was connected to Maryland, also, through the dozen years he served as chair of the NAACP, headquartered here in Baltimore. All that came after the demonstrations and sit-ins of the 1960's, when Bond became a national figure as a founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. One admirer wrote last week, “SNCC was the #BlackLivesMatter movement before there were hashtags.” 
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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Wed August 26, 2015

Baltimore Author Wes Moore On Living A Life That Matters

    

In 2010, author Wes Moore published a best-selling book, "The Other Wes Moore," which told the story of his childhood and early adulthood, as well as that of another young man, who grew up in Baltimore, in the same neighborhood and, coincidentally, with the same name. Their outcomes, however, couldn’t be more different. One Wes Moore was convicted of murder, and imprisoned for life, while the Wes Moore I spoke with graduated from Johns Hopkins University, went on to be a Rhodes Scholar, became a decorated war veteran, an investment banker, a White House Fellow, an entrepreneur, and television host.

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Maryland Morning
10:50 am
Mon August 24, 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 Neurophysiology. 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

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In The Bromo
2:18 pm
Fri August 21, 2015

Kinky Boots

Kyle Taylor Parker

Tom talks with Kyle Taylor Parker, who plays the lead role in Kinky Boots, coming to the Hippodrome Theater on September 29, 2015.


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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Fri August 21, 2015

The Lines Between Us: Dismanting Structural Inequality

Left to Right: Lisa Williams, Lisa Gary, Lawrence Lanahan.
Credit Christopher Moore// threedaysatsea.com

We’re listening to some of the reporting of our year-long series from a couple years ago, The Lines Between Us, looking deep into the roots of inequality in the Baltimore region.  We wrapped up the series two years ago with a focus o  n what to do about disparities with a public discussion on what tools  local, state, and federal government have to dismantle structural inequality. Joining us was Lisa Garry is director of system reform projects with the Department of Juvenile Services. She has worked for a long time on the issue of racial disparities in contact with the juvenile justice system.  Also joining the discussion was Lisa Williams, director of the Office of Equity and Cultural Proficiency with Baltimore County Public Schools.

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