Baltimore Choral Arts Society :

Choral Conversations

Tom Hall
At our concerts that are designated Choral Conversation Concerts, Music Director Tom Hall introduces the music on the program, in an easy, casual, informative way. Knowing something about what the composers are trying to achieve helps us to understand and appreciate the music, and enhance our enjoyment. Sometimes Mr. Hall speaks during the concert, and sometimes he leads discussions before or after the program.



Love & Destiny: From Brahms to Edgar Allan Poe

Sunday, October 30, 2016
3:00 PM • Kraushaar Auditorium

Reading Symphony Music Director Andrew Constantine leads his orchestra and the Baltimore Choral Arts Chorus in the opening concert of the season. The program includes Dark Bells by composer Jonathan Leshnoff, a cantata inspired by the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe, featuring Baltimore Symphony violist Peter Minkler. The concert also features Brahms’ Tragic Overture and Schicksalslied, and Vaughan Williams’ Flos Campi. After the concert, Tom Hall will lead a discussion with the artists.

Many thanks to our Presenting Sponsor T. Rowe Price for their generous support.


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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