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 April 6, 2015

Revisiting Billie Holiday Through Poetry

Portrait of Billie Holiday in Down Beat magazine.
Credit William P. Gottlieb / Public Domain

Tomorrow marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of the woman many consider the greatest jazz singer of all time: Lady Day, Billie Holiday. Like Billie Holiday, the poet Carole Boston Weatherford was raised in Baltimore. She now teaches at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina. The author of more than 40 books, she has won numerous awards for her books for children and young readers about important people and events in African American history. Her latest is a collection of poems that tell the story of Billie Holiday’s childhood and early career. It’s called "Becoming Billie Holiday". Carole Weatherford joins Tom Hall on the line from Fayetteville, NC, to talk about it.

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Mon April 6, 2015

The Rousuck Review: "Wicked"

Alyssa Fox and Carrie St. Louis starring in 'Wicked'
Credit Joan Marcus 2015

Theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck sits down with Tom Hall to talk about "Wicked", the blockbuster back story of the witches of Oz. The musical is playing for a month at the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore and will run through April 26th. 

Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Mon April 6, 2015

The Baltimore Orioles' Season Begins, As The Terps' Basketball Season Ends

Camden Yards
Credit Matt Purdy

The Baltimore Orioles' season gets underway this afternoon against the Tampa Bay Rays. Our sports guru, Mark Hyman, tells us what we can expect from the O's this year. We also look back at a very successful season for the University of Maryland's Women’s Basketball season: twenty-eight consecutive wins, a Big 10 Conference championship, and a second trip to the Final Four in as many years. It came to an end last night in a loss to Connecticut.

Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Movie Round-Up and Spring Film Festivals

Credit Pete Zarria / Creative Commons

With today's wet weather and all the film recommendations of our moving image mavens, Ann Hornaday, film critic for The Washington Post and Jed Dietz, director of the Maryland Film Festival, perhaps you'll be heading to the movie theatre this weekend. We talk recent releases like Seymour: An Introduction; Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter; and While We Were Young as well as screenings at the Jewish Film Festival and CCBC Africana Studies Independent Film Festival.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Wed April 1, 2015

"The Black Book: Reflections From The Baltimore Grassroots"

Dayvon Love and Lawrence Grandpre are African-American grassroots community activists who, along with Adam Jackson, lead an organization called Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle. They are fixtures in Annapolis, advocating to the General Assembly on issues like police accountability and drug policy. They have written a provocative book, a collection of essays that call out the liberal white academic community and what they refer to as the "Nonprofit Industrial Complex" for advancing institutional racism. It's called "The Black Book: Reflections from the Baltimore Grassroots". Dayvon Love and Lawrence Grandpre join Tom Hall in the studio.

Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Eggs Aren't Just For Breakfast

Credit wEnDy / Flickr / Creative Commons

  

With Easter and Passover coming up this weekend, many will spend some serious time in the kitchen getting some big meals together. Many recipes will include an egg or two. Today, we turn to our resident foodie, Sascha Wolhandler, who says eggs aren't just for breakfast or for Easter egg hunts anymore. We talk with Sascha about making eggs for dinner - perhaps for dinner after all of the crowds have left after the holidays.

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Choral Arts Classics
9:20 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Eric Whitacre

photo from ericwhitacre.com
Credit Marc Royce

For the March edition of Choral Arts Classics, Tom welcomes Eric Whitacre, a composer and performer with a world-wide following.


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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Muslim Portrayals In The Media

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What role does the media play in shaping our perceptions of Islam and how is it shaping religious discourse? That's the question on our minds in March's edition of  Living Questions, our series in which we examine the role of religion in the public sphere. We’re producing this series in partnership with the Institute  for Christian and Jewish Studies. Maryland Morning will be partnering with ICJS at a public panel at the Park School on April 15th that takes up the same topic, Being Muslim in America: Why Media Matters. Today's guests are Rabia Chaudry and Wajahat Ali, who will be serving on the April 15th panel.

Rabia Chaudry is an attorney and a National Security Fellow at the New America Foundation, and  also the advocate whose phone call to This American Life producer Sarah Koenig sparked the podcast series Serial.  Wajahat Ali is a playwright, and the co-host and digital producer of Al Jazeera America’s The Stream. Both  Chaudry and Ali join host Tom Hall by phone.

What Are You Reading
3:02 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Lynn Nottage

Tom talks with Lynn Nottage, who won the Pulitzer Prize for her play, Ruined.


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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Fri March 27, 2015

An Effort To Support Diversity In Arts Leadership

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Baltimore's Station North neighborhood was recently voted onto a list of the top 10 arts districts in the United States by CBS.  Despite this recognition, Baltimore's art scene still has some work to do. When you talk to the leaders of local arts organizations, large and small, they will all tell you that they wish that their audiences, their staffs, and their boards of directors were more diverse.  

Only one of Baltimore’s four major arts organizations, Center Stage, is headed by a person of African descent. The Reginald F. Lewis Museum and the Great Blacks in Wax Museum are run by African Americans, but after those, you’ll have a difficult time finding organizations whose leadership, governance, and constituencies include significant participation by people of color. David Mitchell is out to change that. Under the auspices of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, he has founded the Urban Arts Leadership Program, which offers training and networking to young minority professionals so that they’re positioned to be the next generation of leaders in the arts sector. David Mitchell joins host Tom Hall in the studio, accompanied by Amanda Morrell. She is a recent graduate of the University of  Baltimore, and one of ten 2015 fellows in the Urban Arts Leadership Program.

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