Tom Hall and Baltimore Choral Arts
Tom Hall and the Baltimore Choral Arts Society
The Baltimore Choral Arts Society, now in its 50th season, is one of Maryland's premier cultural institutions. The Symphonic Chorus, Full Chorus, Orchestra, and Chamber Chorus perform throughout the mid-Atlantic region, as well as in Washington, D.C., New York, and in Europe.
In 2007, Tom Hall led the Chorus in an acclaimed three-city tour of France including sold-out performances in Paris and Aix-en-Provence. The Chorus has also appeared at Spain’s prestigious Festival of the Costa del Sol.
For the past 19 years, WMAR Television, the ABC network affiliate in Maryland, has featured Choral Arts in an hour-long special, Christmas with Choral Arts, which won an Emmy Award in 2006. Mr. Hall and the chorus were also featured in a PBS documentary called Jews and Christians: A Journey of Faith, broadcast nationwide, and on National Public Radio’s Special Coverage in 2001. The ensemble has been featured frequently on The First Art (Public Radio International), Performance Today (National Public Radio), VOX (XM Radio), and The Organ Loft (Public Radio International). In Europe, Mr. Hall and Choral Arts were featured in a program devoted to the music of Handel broadcast on Radio Suisse Romande. On local radio, Mr. Hall is the host of Choral Arts Classics, a monthly program on WYPR that features the Choral Arts Chorus and Orchestra, and he is the award-winning Culture Editor on WYPR’s Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast.
A CD on Gothic Records, Christmas from America’s First Cathedral, was released in the fall of 2010. A recording with Dave Brubeck, featuring Brubeck’s oratorio, The Gates of Justice, was released internationally on the NAXOS label in 2004; Choral Arts has two other recordings in current release: Christmas with Choral Arts, and a live recording of the Rachmaninoff All-Night Vigil. Mr. Hall produced Let Freedom Ring!, a highly successful recording for Gothic Records featuring the Washington Men’s Camerata, as well the soundtracks for Legends on the Learning Channel, and numerous radio and television commercials.
The Choral Arts chorus has appeared with the National Symphony, and it makes regular appearances with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Acclaimed artists collaborating with Choral Arts have included Chanticleer, Dave Brubeck, the King’s Singers, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Anonymous 4, and Peter Schickele, among others.
In his 34th season as Music Director, Tom Hall has added nearly 200 new works to the BCAS repertoire, and he has premiered works by Peter Schickele, Libby Larsen, Rosephanye Dunn Powell, Robert Sirota, James Lee, III, and other internationally acclaimed composers.
Mr. Hall is active as a guest conductor including appearances with the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, the Berkshire Choral Festival, Musica Sacra in New York, and the Britten Sinfonia in Canterbury, England. His 2005 concert with Orchestre de Chambre de Paris was broadcast on French television. Mr. Hall has prepared choruses for Leonard Bernstein, Robert Shaw, Helmuth Rilling, and others, and he served for ten years as the Chorus Master of the Baltimore Opera Company. In 2014, he was awarded the American Prize in Conducting, and honored by Chorus America by being named a Director Laureate.
Mr. Hall is also a well known teacher, lecturer, and writer. He has served as the President of Chorus America, a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, and he has been an Artist in Residence at Indiana University, the University of Cincinnati, Temple University, and Syracuse University. He was the Director of Choral Activities at Goucher College for 31 years, and he has also taught at the Peabody Conservatory, the University of Baltimore, Towson University, Morgan State University, and the Johns Hopkins University.
Tom Hall lives in Baltimore with his wife, Linell Smith. Their daughter, Miranda Hall, is a graduate student in the Yale School of Drama.
Sunday, March 20, 2016
3:00 PM • Kraushaar Auditorium
Tom Hall leads the full Chorus and Orchestra in a performance representative of Choral Arts' 50 years. The program includes a work by Choral Arts' first Music director, Theodore Morrison, as well as the Mozart Requiem with guest soloists Janice Chandler Eteme, John Wesley Wright, Krista River and Kevin Deas, the world premiere of Hallelu Yah! by Baltimore composer James Lee III, and concludes with a rousing Hallelujah Chorus featuring Choral Arts chorus members, past and present.
The audience is invited to a champagne reception immediately following the performance.
Brown Advisory is the corporate Sponsor for Hallelujah: Choral Arts Celebrates 50 Years.
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.