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
10:00 am
Wed June 10, 2015

'Wait, Wait' Host Peter Sagal Returns To His Scripted, Theatrical Roots

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Peter Sagal, the host of NPR’s Wait Wait! Don’t Tell Me is in town this week to play the role of the Narrator in Leonard Bernstein’s Candide. Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra are finishing up their current season with a semi-staged production of Mr. Bernstein’s famous operetta. Full disclosure: Tom Hall is the chorus master for this production which features the Baltimore Choral Arts Society.

Peter Sagal is no stranger to the stage. He’s written a bunch of plays and screenplays, and he’s worked as a stage director and actor. In 2007, he published a very funny book of essays called The Book of Vice: Naughty Things and How to Do Them. Peter Sagal joins Tom in the studio.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Mon June 8, 2015

Stephen Sondheim's Women

Carolyn Black-Sotir
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Carolyn Black-Sotir may be known as a television host on Maryland Public Television or other stations, but she's also a classical and cabaret singer. You’ll have the chance to hear her this week, when she presents the music of Stephen Sondheim at Germano’s Piattini in Baltimore’s Little Italy. Carolyn Black-Sotir is something of a specialist in Sondheim’s music, and the show she has put together takes a look in particular at the women in Sondheim’s shows, as well as some of the famous Broadway icons who have played those women.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Fri June 5, 2015

What Summer Blockbusters Should You Check Out?

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What makes for a better movie: Tom Hardy blowing stuff up or a Beach Boys biopic? Tom Hall asks Jed Dietz of the Maryland Film Festival and Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday as they discuss the summer's best movies.

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Wed June 3, 2015

Baltimore Writer Jen Grow's "My Life As A Mermaid, And Other Stories"

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Writer Jen Grow has just published her first book, a collection of short stories called "My Life as a Mermaid, and Other Stories". Grow introduces us to a quirky array of compelling characters with grace, compassion and a trenchant wit. Tom Hall talks with her about the book, which won the 2012 Dzanc Books Short Story Competition.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Mon June 1, 2015

How To Eat In An Ethical Way

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In 25 years, there may be more than 9.5 billion people inhabiting this planet, and keeping everyone fed with safe, nutritious food will give rise to many thorny ethical issues, as we attempt to produce enough good food to satisfy that incredible need. We talk with Dr. Ruth Faden, the Director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and the Co-Principal Investigator of the Global Food Ethics Project, about how regional eating habits can affect both the environment and the global population.

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