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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 has been the Director of Choral Activities at Goucher College since 1983, and he is a former board member and former chair of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.
Tom lives in Baltimore with his wife, Linell Smith.

September 24, 2013 Program.  In this first of two programs devoted to Bach’s towering masterpiece, Tom 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.

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In this first of two programs devoted to Bach’s towering masterpiece, Tom 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.

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Tom Hall and the Baltimore Choral Arts Society had a long association with the iconic jazz legend, and he appeared as a guest on Choral Arts Classics and Maryland Morning on several occasions. We'll revisit one of those interviews, and hear some of Brubeck's beautiful choral music performed by the Dave Brubeck Quartet and the Choral Arts Chorus & Orchestra. Tune into Choral Arts Classics Tuesday night, April 30 at 9:00.

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Tom talks to two young composers who are making their way in the world of classical music, and singing with the Choral Arts Chorus. Douglas Buchanan and Michael Rickelton will share their perspectives on the current classical scene, and we’ll hear some of their music performed by the Choral Arts Chamber Chorus. Tune in at 9:00 on Tuesday night, March 26.

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On the January and February editions of Choral Arts Classics, Tom welcomes Ray Sprenkle back to the show to discuss the masterpiece that Mozart left unfinished at his death in 1791. His Requiem is one of the most beloved pieces in the classical canon. Tom and Ray will talk about Mozart’s life, and his lasting influence on generations of musicians who followed him. Tune in January 29 and February 26 at 9:00PM for this two-part feast of Mozart’s most beloved choral work, in advance of Choral Arts’ performances of the Requiem with the Baltimore Symphony February 28-March 3.

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On the January and February editions of Choral Arts Classics, Tom welcomes Ray Sprenkle back to the show to discuss the masterpiece that Mozart left unfinished at his death in 1791. His Requiem is one of the most beloved pieces in the classical canon. Tom and Ray will talk about Mozart’s life, and his lasting influence on generations of musicians who followed him. Tune in January 29 and February 26 at 9:00PM for this two-part feast of Mozart’s most beloved choral work, in advance of Choral Arts’ performances of the Requiem with the Baltimore Symphony February 28-March 3.

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Tom talks to Richard Giarusso, the Music Director of the Maryland Choral Society in Southern Maryland, and T. Herbert Dimmock, who leads the Bach Concert Series in Baltimore.  The three conductors will talk about the upcoming season, and the state of choral music in Maryland.

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A conversation with Cantor Thom King and Rabbi Steven Schwartz from Beth El Congregation about the great Hebrew prophet, Elijah, and a remembrance of Rabbi Mark Loeb.  Rabbi Loeb was a passionate music lover, and a frequent collaborator with Baltimore Choral Arts. We'll hear an excerpt from one of Rabbi Loeb's last appearances on Choral Arts Classics, in which he talked with Tom about Mendelssohn's great masterpiece, as a preview to the Choral Arts Society's performance on May 6.

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On the March edition of Choral Arts Classics, a look at the genius of George Frederick Handel.  Known for centuries as the composer of great oratorios like Messiah, this program will concentrate on Handel's work as a young man, when his tremendous talent and unique voice was just being developed.  Historian and popular lecturer Ray Sprenkle returns to Choral Arts Classics to talk with Tom about Handel's early career, and we'll share with you a performance of his first major work, the cantata Dixit Dominus.

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On the February edition of Choral Arts Classics, a tribute to Lucille Clifton, the internationally acclaimed poet who was the former poet laureate of Maryland.  Tom welcomes Carla DuPree, Executive Director of the Howard County Poetry and Literary Society to discuss the work of Ms. Clifton, her friend and mentor who passed away in 2010.  Ms. Clifton's work serves as the inspiration for composer Gwyneth Walker in her “Dreams and Dances,” which will receive its broadcast premiere.