Baltimore Choral Arts Society :

Press and What the Critics Say

...What the Critics Say... "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." -The Baltimore Sun ******************** 2008 Tour of France "Thunderous applause greeted the beautiful presentation of Mozart's Requiem by the Baltimore Choral Arts Society." - La Tribune (France) ************************* McCullough: Let My People Go "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." - The Baltimore Sun (Oct 2006) *********************** Mozart's Requiem "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." - The Baltimore Sun ************************** Bloch: Sacred Service "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 Sun (April 2006) *************************** Verdi's Requiem "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 Baltimore Sun (April 2005) ************************ Einhorn: Voices of Light "The Baltimore Choral Arts Society brought that movie and music together at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall Sunday night and produced one of the season's most memorable experiences... The performance achieved a profound beauty as involving as the painful, poignant images on the screen...The chorus sang with great sensitivity and discipline." -The Baltimore Sun (May 2004) ************************ Dave Brubeck's Birthday Bash " Baltimore Choral Arts made its debut in Gilliam Concert Hall, in the Carl Murphy Fine Arts Center at Morgan State University. The assemblage for this concert was staggering. Headlining the program was Dave Brubeck and members of his legendary Quartet. They were joined by soloists Amy Pfrimmer, soprano; Mark Bieeke, tenor; and Kevin Deas, baritone. Also appearing was The Morgan State University Choir, with Dr. Eric Conway, Director. The program began with the combined singers performing the beautiful three-movement “Motet, Op. 29, No. 2,” “Create in Me a Clean Heart,” (Psalm 51, vv 10,11,12) by Johannes Brahms, sung in the original German. The choral blend and balance was exquisite. The highpoint of the concert was the Baltimore premier of Dave Brubeck's "To Hope! A Celebration." Scored for three soloists, full chorus, orchestra and jazz quartet, the work was conducted by Russell Gloyd who has conducted the many symphonic and choral appearances of the Dave Brubeck Quartet. This composition was wonderful and, hopefully before too long, the work will be recorded. -The Baltimore Times (Nov 2005)


Quest For Peace: Dona Nobis Pacem

Sunday, April 26, 2015
3:00 PM • Kraushaar Auditorium

Tom Hall leads the full Chorus and string orchestra in poignant and powerful settings of "Dona Nobis Pacem" by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Peteris Vasks as well as Arvo Pärt's beautiful meditation, "Da pacem Domine." Vocal soloists including soprano Hyunah Yu and bass-baritone Robert Cantrell, and the program also includes the local premiere of a jointly-commissioned motet by composer Jake Runestad.

"A Choral Conversation" follows the performance featuring Tom Hall and special guests including Chic Dambach, discussing the role that music and the arts play in peace-building. Writer, lecturer and consultant, Chic Dambach was President and CEO of the Alliance for Peacebuilding.  Author of the book Exhaust the Limits:  The Life and Times of a Global Peacemaker, Chic serves on the boards of the Alliance for Peacebuilding, Institute for Economics and Peace, International Peace and Security Institue, Peace x Peace, the Institute for Horn of Africa Studies, and Future Symphony.

In collaboration with Baltimore Choral Arts, the Maryland Film Festival will be screening the film "Brasslands" on Tuesday, April 21 at 7:30 pm at MICA’s Brown Center. Created by Meerkat Media, and largely funded fom a kickstarter campaign, the film depicts the tradition of Balkan brass band music through the 50th anniversary of the world’s largest trumpet festival in Serbia, a festival that has survived 50 years of war and genocide, and attended by 500,000 people. The film embeds the viewer in the celebration of the annual competition, and spotlights a public school teacher and her students from Brooklyn, New York that compete in the competition. Tom Hall will interview the film’s director, Bryan Chang, as part of the presentation. Tickets for the film are $10 and free for Maryland Film Festival members, and MICA students and faculty with ID. For more information about the film and to view the trailer, go to

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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