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
Mon December 22, 2014

A Conversation At The Intersection Of Religion And Public Schools

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On this segment of "Living Questions", ours series exploring faith and religion in contemporary life, we talk about religious accommodation and religious freedom in public schools.  Should school systems celebrate the major holidays of religions other than Christianity and Judaism? Or, is it more appropriate for public schools to disassociate themselves from any and all religious considerations when formulating the annual school calendar. Tom Hall is joined in the studio by Dr. Homayra Ziad, the Muslim Scholar at the Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies, and Peter Danchin, a professor of law at the University of Maryland Law School, who has worked with a research project called Politics of Religious Freedom.

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In The Bromo
2:32 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Ron Legler

Ron Legler

Tom talks with Ron Legler, President of the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center about what’s planned for the Hippodrome’s 2014-15 season.

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Maryland Morning
8:56 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Remembering Three Baltimore Artists

From left to right - Seska Peck Ramberg, Vivienne Shub, Binnie Ritchie Holum

2014 was a year of milestones and some big changes in the cultural landscape of Maryland.  Tom Hall reflects on the year in the arts, and in particular, three women who had a big impact:
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Maryland Morning
8:46 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Simple Poems About Complex Topics

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In a new collection of poems called "They", Sue Ellen Thompson reflects on her relationship with her mother, her aging father and her transgender child, and the ways in which that child’s identity animates and informs complex questions and steadfast love.  A mainstay at the Breadloaf Writers Conference for many years, Sue Ellen Thompson’s work has been heard on the Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor, and featured in the syndicated column of the U.S. Poet Laureate, Ted Kooser.  She joins Tom to talk about her book.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Good Books For Cold Nights

The winter's best books, in Studio B.
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What books should you curl up with this winter? Carla Hayden, CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, joins Tom with her picks.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Sports Talk With Mark Hyman

Fan favorite, Nick Markakis, signs with the Atlanta Braves after nine seasons with the O's.
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Lots going on in the world of sports these days, and to give us his take on the O’s, the Ravens, and other timely topics, we welcome Maryland Morning’s sports guru Mark Hyman, a journalist and author who is currently on the faculty of George Washington University.  His latest book is called Concussions and Our Kids.  

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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.

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