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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What Are You Reading?

Tom Hall hosts What Are You Reading?, a show where authors and others recommend books that they’re currently enjoying. On the last Friday of the month at 5:44, during All Things Considered, Tom will find out what’s on bedside tables and loaded onto e readers across Maryland and beyond.

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Black History Beyond February 28th

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Today is the last day of Black History Month, and we wanted to find out: how has teaching about black history changed in recent decades?  What’s being taught—what’s not being taught, and how much do people of all races know and understand about the history and tradition of African Americans?

 

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Choral Arts Classics
1:10 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Mary Jo Salter II

Nola Richardson, Soprano
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On the next episode of Choral Arts Classics, Tuesday night, February 25, 2014, the acclaimed poet Mary Jo Salter joins Tom for the second of two conversations about the relationship between poetry and music.

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Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast
8:50 am
Wed February 26, 2014

The Singularity is Coming!

Artist: Allen Christian. Piano Family: Adagio, Amorosa, Bucky 2012. Spare piano parts.
Credit Mary Dwan

How is technology impacting our lives?  A new exhibit, Human, Soul & Machine: The Coming Singularity! at the American Visionary Arts Museum looks at how artists are interpreting the relationship between humans and machines. Tom Hall talks with the museum’s founder and director, Rebecca Hoffberger.

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Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast
8:50 am
Tue February 25, 2014

"The Merry Wives of Windsor" In Platforms?

In “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” set in the 1970s, ladies man John Falstaff tries to steal the hearts of wealthy married women to enrich himself. Actor Gregory Burgess is John Falstaff, with “merry wives” actors Kate Michelsen Graham (left) and Lesley Malin (right).
Credit Teresa Castracane Photography

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company's artistic director Ian Gallanar and managing director and actress Lesley Malin tell Tom Hall about their 70's spin on the Shakespearean comedy "The Merry Wives of Windsor." Gallanar and Malin also talk about plans for CSC's new theater in downtown Baltimore.

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In the Bromo

Tom Hall hosts In the Bromo on the third Thursday of the month at 4:30, during All Things Considered.  Each month, he’ll take a look ahead to what’s going on at the Hippodrome Theater, and throughout the Bromo Tower Arts and Entertainment District on Baltimore’s West Side.

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Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast
8:45 am
Mon February 24, 2014

"Keeping It Real" at the Pratt

An Army Barbie
Jamyla Kay

For more than 25 years, Jean Thompson has been collecting artifacts of the African-American experience. Many of them are now on display at The Enoch Pratt Free Library in an exhibit called "Keeping It Real: One Collector's Quest for Artifacts of African-American Culture and History."  

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Remembering Legendary Pianist, Ellis Larkins

Ellis Larkins. (Courtesy of the Digital Collections in the Arthur Friedheim Library of the Peabody Institute and Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Larkins.)

Ella Fitzgerald cut a classic record, Ella Sings Gershwin, in 1950. She was accompanied by a lone pianist who had an elegant touch: Baltimore’s own Ellis Larkins.  A graduate of Frederick Douglass High School in Northwest Baltimore, Larkins was the first African-American to attend the Peabody Conservatory.  After training at Juilliard, he became one of the most distinguished and accomplished jazz pianists of his generation.   

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Sojourne

Trina Coleman

Sojourne is a Baltimore based band whose style is informed by the classical training of the woman who fronts it, Trina Coleman. Trina and her husband Zachary teamed-up with drummer Steve McGrath and bassist Tim Long to form Sojourne in 2013.  
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In The Bromo
12:00 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Hippodrome 2014-2015 Season

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Tom takes a look ahead to the 2014-15 season at the Hippodrome Theater with Jeff Daniel, the President of the Hippodrome at the France Merrick Performing Arts Center.

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