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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Tom's guest this morning is Scott Shane, a former reporter for the Baltimore Sun who has covered national security for the New York Times since 2004. His latest book is about how a Muslim cleric named Anwar al-Awlaki, evolved from a moderate imam who denounced the 9/11 attacks, into one of the most celebrated and influential figures in the cause of violent jihad. In 2009, he helped plan an unsuccessful attack on a plane headed for Detroit. He was influential to the perpetrators of attacks at Ft. Hood in Texas, and at the Boston Marathon. By 2010, the US government considered only Osama bin Laden to be more powerful and influential than Awlaki as fomenter of violence against Americans. The effort to locate and kill him was dubbed, “Objective Troy.”

Scott Shane’s fascinating and assiduously reported book tells the story of that operation, and elucidates the complexities and geo-political ramifications of that mission to American foreign policy in the Middle East, and to the essential moral fundaments of our democracy. It’s a great read. It’s called Objective Troy: A Terrorist, a President, and the Rise of the Drone. Scott Shane will be speaking about the book tonight at the Enoch Pratt library at 6:30

Spotlighters Theatre

In the theater, some names are inextricably linked. Rogers and Hammerstein. Lerner and Lowe. Gilbert and Sullivan. Tom now looks to a show at the Spotlighters Theatre that gives us a glimpse of Gilbert, before Sullivan became his creative partner. The librettist W.S. Gilbert wrote "A Sensation Novel" nearly a year before he began penning his magnum opus of iconic musicals with Arthur Sullivan. As far as anyone can tell, it’s never been performed in the United States, until now.

The Audrey Herman Spotlighter’s Theatre is presenting "A Sensation Novel" in a new edition created by Tom's guest this morning, who has also directed this production. Michael Blum joins Tom today live in the studio.  

A Tribute To A Folklore Legend

Sep 18, 2015

Alan Lomax was a folklorist who was one of the first people to record and document music from a variety of folk traditions. Jayme Stone, the leader of a group called Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project, joins Tom in the studio. Jayme Stone's Lomax Project will perform some of the music discovered by Alan Lomax at the Creative Alliance tonight.

Candlewick Press

Laura Amy Schlitz, an award winning author of books for children and young adults talks about her latest book. In 2008, she won the John Newbury Medal for her novel, Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!: Voices from a Medieval Village. For people practicing the art of writing for young people, the Newbury Medal is the Pulitzer Prize, the Oscar, the Tony, the Voted Most Likely to Succeed in your High School yearbook award.

And today, there’s good news for the many fans of Laura Amy Schlitz: she’s just published a new book. The Hired Girl tells the story of Joan Skraggs, who makes her way from rural Pennsylvania to an elegant home on Eutaw Place, in the Baltimore neighborhood now known as Reservoir Hill. Laura Amy Schlitz will be talking about her new book at the Children’s Bookstore in Roland Park on Saturday. 

Matthew Murphy

Anniversaries and plays by female playwrights will be celebrated during the upcoming 2015-2016 Baltimore theater season and J. Wynn Rousuck is in the studio with Tom to talk all about it. The Vagabond Players and Everyman Theatre both have milestone anniversaries. Washington’s large-scale celebration of women playwrights will reach stages in this area as well, among them: Single Carrot Theatre, the Interrobang Theatre Company, the Strand Theater Company, Rep Stage and Olney Theatre Center.

Women will also be well represented at Center Stage, which is producing an all-female “As You Like It,” two thought-provoking new plays by women, “X’s and O’s” and “Detroit ’67,” and the musical, “The Secret Garden.” Musicals in the Hippodrome’s new line-up will include the recent Broadway hits, “Kinky Boots” and “Motown The Musical.” And, Cohesion Theatre Company, in partnership with Iron Crow Theatre, will present the Trans* Voices Workshop Series.