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
8:45 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Living Questions: Why Is Religion Important?

From far left: Benjamin Sax, Tom Hall, Homayra Ziad and Heather Miller Rubens.
Credit Jamyla Kay

This morning, we begin a series called 'Living Questions,' a monthly series of conversations about issues surrounding religion, theology and ethics. We’re partnering with the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies, an organization that for nearly 30 years has worked to cultivate religious literacy and inter-faith understanding. Joining Tom in the studio is Dr. Homayra Ziad, Dr. Benjamin Sax and Dr. Heather Miller Rubens.

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Bringing "Next To Normal" To Center Stage

Ariela Morgenstern (l) and Kally Duling (r)
Credit Richard Anderson

It started as a show called Feeling Electric. In 1998, when the playwright and lyricist Brian Yorkey saw a TV news story about electroconvulsive therapy, he suggested it as the topic of a brief musical to his friend and fellow Columbia University student, Tom Kitt.  They wrote a draft of a musical inspired by the story for a musical theater workshop in New York. Ten years later, it arrived off-Broadway, where it promptly failed. That’s usually the end of the story for musicals, but it wasn’t for this one, which evolved into a hit show called Next to Normal, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2010, and in 2011, was nominated for 11 Tony Awards, winning three. David Schweitzer is an internationally acclaimed director of plays, musicals and opera who has returned to Center Stage with a new production of Next to Normal. He joins Tom in the studio, along with  a member of this engaging and compelling cast, Kally Duling. She plays the role of Natalie.

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Wed October 22, 2014

"I Love Lucy" At The Hippodrome

Credit "I Love Lucy: Live on Stage"

Tom Hall and J. Wynn Rousuck discuss the Hippodrome's production of "I Love Lucy: Live on Stage."

Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Half A Dozen Crab Recipes!

Credit Artondra Hall/flickr

Those Old Bay chips aren't just for snacking! In honor of Old Bay's 75th anniversary, Chef Sascha Wolhandler, co-owner of Sascha's 527 Cafe, tells us how to spice up crab dishes. 

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Mon October 20, 2014

What Can A Liberal Arts Education Do For Maryland Prisoners?

Political science class at Maryland Correctional Institution for Women

We begin today with a visit to a couple of unusual college classrooms. In a spacious library, a political science class discusses why some political movements succeed, while others don’t. In another classroom, the subject is Latin American History. The professors are from Goucher College, but the classes aren’t held on Goucher’s bucolic Towson campus. They’re being conducted at prisons in Jessup. Tom Hall sat in on the classes last spring.

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Training, Tenacity And Tired Feet

Credit Brett Gullborg/Flickr/Creative Commons

Well, for a while, we held out the hope that tomorrow would be a day for Orioles baseball. The Kansas City Royals had different ideas, so there won't be a game tomorrow. But that's not to say that Camden Yards won't still be a busy place. The 14th Annual Baltimore Running Festival kicks off at 7 a.m. tomorrow morning with a full marathon, followed by a Half Marathon that launches from the Inner Harbor at 8:45 a.m.

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Actress Megan Anderson On Her Solo Mission In "Grounded"

Credit Everyman Theatre

Megan Anderson is a member of the resident company of the Everyman Theatre in Baltimore.  Recently named “Best Actress” by the Baltimore City Paper, she is starring in Everyman’s latest production, the Baltimore premiere of "Grounded," by George Brant. It’s a ripped-from-the-headlines affair about a former F-16 pilot who is now flying drones from a remote location in Nevada.  It’s also a tour-de-force for Megan Anderson, or any actor, for that matter, as she is the one and only actor in the play.  "Grounded" is in previews tonight and tomorrow.  It opens at the Everyman Theatre on Friday.

Maryland Morning
8:47 am
Mon October 13, 2014

New Goucher College President, Jose Antonio Bowen

Jose Antonio Bowen
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Jose Antonio Bowen became Goucher College’s 11th president last July.  He comes to Maryland from Texas, where he was the dean of the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University.  His career began at Stanford University. Tom Hall sits down with him in his office at Goucher.

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Singer-Songwriter Lea On Her New Album "Let You In"

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The singer-songwriter Lea is about to release a new CD. She will be introducing it tonight at a pre-release party at the Creative Alliance in East Baltimore. It’s called Let You In.

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Wed October 8, 2014

A Visit To The Great Kids Farm

Credit Friends of Great Kids Farm

Good food grown by great kids. Tom Hall visits Great Kids Farm on Route 40 in Catonsville.  The farm is part of the Baltimore City Schools.   When he visited the farm a couple of years ago, food from the farm was available in about 14 schools. This year, the salad bars of nearly 60 schools will feature produce grown at the farm by students, under the tutelage of a farm educator, a farm chef, and farm manager Greg Strella, who joins Tom at the farm. Tom also speaks with Chrissa Carlson, the executive director of the Friends of Great Kids Farm. DeAndre 'Dre' Lloyd is a senior at Edmondson-Westside High School and he tells us about his experience growing and learning about the produce.

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