Press and What the Critics Say
Tom Hall led an admirably taut and involving account of the score. He ensured that the hushed opening registered deeply, making the softness as powerful as any outburst to come. And when those outbursts arrived in the Dies Irae section, Hall summoned plenty of fire and brimstone from the sizable forces onstage… The choristers held firm in pitch and tone all night, articulating Verdi's rich chords and stirring counterpoint with considerable warmth and style.
The choral writing is as richly textured as the baritone solos are directly communicative; the orchestration is masterful… The chorus offered clarity, sensitivity and power…Conductor Tom Hall effectively molded the enriching music.
The Baltimore Choral Arts Society closed its 40th anniversary season over the weekend with a harmonic convergence of powerful music-making … The firm singing by the chorus was complemented by a sensitive solo quartet -- soprano Karla Rivera, mezzo Linda Maguire, tenor William Jones and, especially, baritone Robert Cantrell.
This presentation, officially the season opener for the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, was too big for one ensemble. Joining Choral Arts and its director, Tom Hall, were the Morgan State University Choir and director Eric Conway, and the Baltimore City College Concert Choir and director Linda R. Hall… Musically, the rewards began with McCullough's richly textured arrangements and continued with the superbly responsive articulation of the combined choruses, which hit a compelling height in a sizzling "Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel." …A remarkably instructional and inspirational afternoon.
Thunderous applause greeted the beautiful presentation of Mozart's Requiem by the Baltimore Choral Arts Society.
The Baltimore Choral Arts Society, under the direction of Tom Hall, has clearly arrived as one of the finest cultural institutions in Maryland and the nation.
Saturday, 25 October 2014
4:00 PM • Kraushaar Auditorium
Tom Hall leads the full Chorus and Orchestra in Beethoven's "Elegiac Song," Mozart's "Ave Verum Corpus," and Bach's "Magnificat." Baltimore Symphony Principal Trumpet Andrew Balio and soprano Nola Richardson open the program with Bach's Cantata No. 51. A varied program showcasing some of the greatest classical composers. This concert is sponsored by T. Rowe Price.
The women of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, singing through open doors on an upper level of the hall, spun out the final wordless song exquisitely.