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Choral Arts Classics

14th Season:  2016-17

Tom Hall hosts a monthly program featuring recordings of concerts by the Baltimore Choral Arts Society and many special guests.

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September 27, 2016  •  9 PM

The Fauré Requiem

One of the most popular Requiem settings in the repertory, Fauré’s elegant setting of the Requiem Mass focuses on solace and comfort in a time of grief.  This is a Requiem devoid of fire and brimstone.  Rather, it offers soothing consolation. Ray Sprenkle joins Tom for a conversation about one of the world’s most popular pieces of choral music.

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October 25, 2016  •  9 PM

The Duruflé Requiem

In addition to Fauré’s sublime setting of the Requiem, the setting by another of France’s most well-known composers, Maurice Duruflé, stands as a wonderful monument to hope and comfort.  Ray Sprenkle returns to comment on this great choral masterpiece, which draws its musical inspiration from ancient chant.   

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December 6, 2016  •  Special Time:  7:30 PM

Christmas with Choral Arts: Live Broadcast from the Baltimore Basilica

Andy Bienstock hosts, and Tom Hall conducts the Choral Arts Chorus & Orchestra in this live broadcast of one of Baltimore’s most beloved holiday concerts.

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January 31, 2017  •  9 PM

50 Years of Choral Arts

A retrospective look and listen to the music that Choral Arts performed on its 50th Anniversary Concert (March 20, 2016), including Mozart’s famous Requiem.  Tom talks to composer James Lee, III, from whom Choral Arts commissioned a motet to celebrate their half century milestone.  James explains how he approached the compositional challenges of his boisterous and compelling a cappella piece, Hallelu Yah!

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February 28, 2017  •  9 PM

Tom’s Grand Finale

After 14 seasons, Choral Arts Classics comes to a close as Tom Hall prepares to pass the baton to the organization he has loved and led for 35 years.  Tom’s last concert will be on Saturday, March 11, 2017.  On this final edition of Choral Arts Classics, Tom shares some of his favorite music that he’s performed with the Chorus and Orchestra over the years.

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Choral Arts Classics is a joint production of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society and WYPR Radio.


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Previous Season

2015-16

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September 29, 2015  •  9 PM

The Masters

Music by Beethoven, Mozart and Bach are featured in our season premiere.  Tom welcomes the musicologist and raconteur Ray Sprenkle back to the show for a conversation about what makes the music of these masters so masterful. 

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October 27, 2015  •  9 PM

Dona Nobis Pacem

Ralph Vaughan Williams’ elegant and powerful testament to the futility of war features the Full Chorus and Orchestra, and Tom’s special guest, internationally acclaimed soprano Hyunah Yu.    

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December 1, 2015  •  Special Time:  7:30 PM

Christmas with Choral Arts: Live Broadcast from the Baltimore Basilica

Andy Bienstock hosts, and Tom Hall conducts the Choral Arts Chorus & Orchestra in this live broadcast of one of Baltimore’s most beloved holiday concerts.

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January 26, 2016  •  9 PM

The Future of Classical Music

Tom hosts a discussion about the training of musicians in today’s changing landscape of classical music, and what the future holds for the thousands of people who graduate with degrees from music schools and conservatories across the United States. Tom’s guests will be Fred Bronstein, the Dean of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, and Catherine Dehoney, the President and CEO of Chorus America, the Association of Professional and Volunteer choruses.

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February 23, 2016  •  9 PM

50 Years of Choral Arts

A retrospective look and listen as Choral Arts gets ready for its 50th Anniversary Concert (March 20, 2016).  Tom talks to chorus members and special guests who have played an important role in the story of Baltimore Choral Arts, as well as Stacy Horn, whose book, Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing with Others, chronicles her experience as an amateur choral singer, and explains why choral singing is such a popular artistic outlet for singers across the world.    

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March 29, 2016  •  9 PM

Quest for Peace

On April 26, 2015, one day after the large protest against the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody, and one day before the violence that erupted after Mr. Gray’s funeral, Choral Arts presented a concert entitled Quest for Peace.  We’ll hear music from that concert by the Baltic composers Arvo Pärt and Peteris Vasks, and Tom welcomes Chic Dambach, a peace-builder who has worked to end conflict around the world to talk about music’s special role in peace building.

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May 3, 2016  •  9 PM

Conductor’s Roundtable: Children’s Choruses

Tom talks to three conductors of local children’s choruses: Doreen Falby of the Peabody Children’s Chorus, Susan Bialek of the Children’s Chorus of Maryland and Stephen Holmes, the Music Director of the Maryland State Boy Choir.

Upcoming

Tom Hall's Farewell Concert

Saturday, March 11, 2017
8:00 PM • Kraushaar Auditorium

Join us as we celebrate Tom Hall and his 35 years as Music Director with Baltimore Choral Arts. Tom will lead the Full Chorus and Orchestra in a program featuring diverse selections that are representative of his magnificent leadership, and featuring works that are particularly meaningful to both Tom and the chorus. The program will include Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass, Copland's Walls of Zion, Lauridsen's Sure on this Shining Night, and more. 

Please note: Side seating is limited, please call the box office at 410-523-7070 ext.301 for availability. Center seating is currently sold out.

The voices rang out with resplendent confidence, and the sopranos had no apparent difficulty reaching the cruel and challenging high B's in the piece. The chorus's performance was the best part of the concert….the thunderous power of this unique masterpiece never fails to stir the blood, and the ovation was loud, long and well deserved.

— On Beethoven's Ninth with the Baltimore Symphony 2012
The Washington Post

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