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Choral Arts Classics

Last Tuesday of each month September-February

In addition to serving as the Music Director of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society for 35 years, and maintaining a busy schedule of guest conducting engagements each season, Tom Hall is also a well-known broadcaster, teacher, lecturer, and writer.  He is the host of Midday and he also hosts Choral Arts Classics at 9:00 pm on the final Tuesday of each month from September-February.

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The Final Edition

Mar 1, 2017
Baltimore Choral Arts Society Facebook

After 14 years, Choral Arts Classics comes to a close. In advance of Tom's final concert as Music Director of Baltimore Choral Arts, (Saturday, March 11) he plays some recordings of some of the concerts from his 35 year tenure that he remembers most fondly. And near the end of this episode, Tom welcomes Jim Piper, a board member with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society. They discuss the evolution of the arts scene in Baltimore, and  several other topics.

James Lee III January 2017

Jan 31, 2017
Morgan State University

On the January edition of Choral Arts Classics, Tom talks to James Lee III, one of the most acclaimed African American composers in the United States.

Ray Sprenkle October 2016

Nov 2, 2016

On the October edition of Choral Arts Classics, Tom talks to composer and musicologist Ray Sprenkle about another great Requiem, the setting by Gabriel Faure's fellow Frenchman, Maurice Duruflé.

On the September edition of Choral Arts Classics, Tom talks to composer and musicologist Ray Sprenkle about Gabriel Fauré's beloved Requiem.

On the May edition of Choral Arts Classics, a Conductor's Roundtable with the leaders of three fine choruses for young people.  Tom talks with Doreen Falby of the Peabody Children's Chorus, Stephen Holmes of the Maryland State Boychoir, and Susan Bialek of the Children's Chorus of Maryland.


Quest for Peace

Apr 6, 2016

On the March edition of Choral Arts Classics, Tom talks to Chic Dambach, who has worked all over the world as a Peace Builder, about the power of music in building peace.

  On the February edition of Choral Arts Classics, as Choral Arts gets ready to celebrate its 50th anniversary with a special concert on March 20, 2016, Tom talks with Jane Dummer, Elizabeth Elliott, and Julie Lang, current and former singers with the Choral Arts Chorus, and Stacy Horn, the author of Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing with Others.

On the January edition of Choral Arts Classics, Tom talks with Fred Bronstein of the Peabody Institute and Catherine Dehoney of Chorus America about the future of classical music in America.

Hyunah Yu

Oct 27, 2015

On the October edition of Choral Arts Classics, Tom talks to the internationally acclaimed soprano Hyunah Yu, the featured soloist in the Choral Arts performance of Dona nobis pacem by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

The Masters

Oct 6, 2015
CGoulao

  For the September 2015 edition it's music from The Masters.  Music by Beethoven, Mozart and Bach are featured in our season premiere.

Canticum Novum

Apr 30, 2015

  For the April edition of Choral Arts Classics, Tom welcomes the directors of Canticum Novum, Douglas Buchanan and Joshua Bornfield, along with two local composers, Michael Rickelton and John Belkot, whose music was premiered last season by this terrific Chamber Choir

Eric Whitacre

Mar 31, 2015
Marc Royce

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


Liturgical Musicians

Feb 25, 2015

For the February edition of Choral Arts Classics, Tom welcomes three of Baltimore's most prominent liturgical musicians, for a conversation about the role of music in the Christian and Jewish faith traditions.


Madrigals to Musicals

Jan 27, 2015

For the January edition of Choral Arts Classics, Tom welcomes Chorus Manager Ellen Clayton and Assistant Conductor Leo Wanenchak to talk about how the Choral Arts Symphonic Chorus, Full Chorus and Chamber Chorus perform music from a wide-ranging repertoire, from Madrigals to Musicals.


 A conversation about religious intolerance in the arts.


Bach’s Magnificat

Sep 30, 2014
CGoulao

  The Choral Arts will perform Bach’s great Magnificat on October 25, 2014 at Kraushaar Auditorium, and in this Choral Arts Classics season-opener, Tom welcomes the musicologist and raconteur Ray Sprenkle back to the show for a preview of this beloved masterwork.

Marin Alsop

Apr 29, 2014
Grant Leighton

This month on Choral Arts Classics, Tom welcomes Marin Alsop, Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, for a conversation about two iconic choral works: John Adam's haunting cantata about 9/11, On the Transmigration of Souls, and Beethoven's monumental 9th Symphony.

Conductor's Roundtable

Mar 25, 2014

Tom talks to Arian Khaefi, the recently appointed Music Director of the Handel Choir of Baltimore, and Wendy Wickham the longtime Music Director of the Canticle Singers of Baltimore.

Next month on Choral Arts Classics, Tom welcomes Marin Alsop, Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, for a conversation about two great masterpieces:  John Adam's haunting cantata about 9/11, On the Transmigration of Souls, and Beethoven's monumental 9th Symphony.  Tune in Tuesday night, April 29, 2014 at 9:00 PM.

Mary Jo Salter II

Feb 26, 2014
John Pedersen

On the next episode of Choral Arts Classics, Tuesday night, February 25, 2014, the acclaimed poet Mary Jo Salter joins Tom for the second of two conversations about the relationship between poetry and music.

Choral Arts Classics - Mary Jo Salter

Dec 11, 2013
poetryfoundation.org

The acclaimed poet Mary Jo Salter joins Tom for the first of two conversations about the relationship between poetry and music.

Tom welcomes Stanley Thurston, the Founder and Music Director of the Heritage Signature Chorale, a chorus based in Laurel, MD that specializes in the art of the Negro Spiritual.

CGoulao

In this second of two programs devoted to Bach’s towering masterpiece, Tom welcomes back noted lecturer Ray Sprenkle to talk about Bach’s singular place in the pantheon of great composers.

CGoulao

In this first of two programs devoted to Bach’s towering masterpiece, Tom Hall welcomes back noted lecturer Ray Sprenkle to talk about JS Bach’s singular place in the pantheon of great composers, in advance of Choral Arts concert performance of The B Minor Mass on October 27, 2013 at Kraushaar Auditorium.