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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | November 5, 2002
The Baltimore Choral Arts Society opened its 37th season over the weekend by celebrating its raison d'etre - and 20 years of leadership from Tom Hall. The program, a re-creation of his first with the ensemble in 1982, contained two works that reflect on the power of music and music-making, and music's patron saint, Cecilia. Never mind that the historical Cecilia lived centuries before the birth of Western music and may have had little or no musical inclinations. Somehow, she became associated with the art form and inspired both the poetry and the music performed with considerable affection and polish by the chorus Sunday afternoon at Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2013
Sunday's musical splendors, for me, started with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society's season finale in the afternoon at Grace United Methodist Church. The cleverly constructed program gave audiences a chance to compare different settings of the same texts. Tom Hall, longtime artistic director of the chorus, chose a good number of pieces with spiritual texts, mixing in a little Shakespeare along the way. The composers represented were decidedly tonal in orientation, and several shared a rather generic style (I would have loved at least one walk on the wild side)
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | November 4, 2001
As Tom Hall sees it, a chorus is more than an assembly of high- and low-voiced singers from both genders. It is the embodiment of what is meant by the word "community." That's one reason Hall has enjoyed a long tenure as music director of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society. "Most choral music is uttered in the plural pronoun, rather than the singular," Hall says. "In opera, when we watch Tosca and Scarpia battle it out, we relate to them individually. Choral music involves shared aspirations and hopes."
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Susan Reimer | April 20, 2011
Writer Dudley Clendinen is a gifted raconteur, weaving his stories in a soft Southern accent and with a courtly manner. It is easy to imagine him captivating dinner guests until long after the candles have burned down. It is a savage irony, then, that amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is taking his voice first when it might have chosen his limbs instead. It was slurred speech that gave Clendinen, 66, the first hint of trouble. A former national reporter and editorial writer for The New York Times who also worked for The Baltimore Sun, he had settled here to write books and teach.
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By Mary Carole McCauley and Mary Carole McCauley,Sun Reporter | May 6, 2007
ONE HUNDRED THIRTEEN people cram into three rows of chairs lining the long wall of the rehearsal room at Grace United Methodist Church, for all the world like birds on a wire. But these particular birds have been singing hard for three hours, and their feathers are a bit askew in the heat. A middle-aged man standing on a small, raised stage goes into a half crouch and raises his baton, and members of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society launch into one of the gentler sections of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana.
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By Marie Gullard and Marie Gullard,Special to The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2008
With 5,800 square feet of intricately carved plaster moldings, sweeping archways and parquet oak flooring, it's hard to digest the beauty of Tom Hall's home all at once. So Hall, the music director of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, wife Linell Smith, a former reporter for The Baltimore Sun and 19-year-old daughter Miranda enjoy their 13-room, circa 1895, Italianate-style home in historic Reservoir Hill one room at a time. "There's no favorite room," says 53-year-old Hall. "It depends on where we are at the moment."
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January 30, 2006
On Saturday, January 28, 2006, SCOTT A.; devoted son of Victoria Hall (nee Reinhart) and the late Eddie Lee Tipton; step-son of Tom Hall; beloved brother of Daniel Tipton; loving fiance of Nicole Fulton; dear grandson of Carmella and Mike Finnis; dear step-grandson of Clay and Joyce Hall. Relatives and friends are invited to call the SCHIMUNEK FUNERAL HOME OF BEL AIR, INC., 610 W. Mac Phail Road (Rt. 24), on Tuesday 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 P.M., where funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 1 P.M. Interment at Harford Memorial Gardens.
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By Sloane Brown | January 2, 2000
Jan. 6: Harford County WalkAmerica 2000 Executive Dinner. Benefits Central Maryland Chapter for the March of Dimes. Cocktails, dinner, speakers including Harford County Executive Jim Harkins. Maryland Golf and Country Club, 1335 E. MacPhail Road, Bel Air. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets $50. Call by Jan. 4, 410-638-8019. Jan. 8: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast. Proceeds go to a scholarship program sponsored by Howard L. Cornish Metropolitan Baltimore Chapter of Morgan State University Alumni Association.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2013
Sunday's musical splendors, for me, started with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society's season finale in the afternoon at Grace United Methodist Church. The cleverly constructed program gave audiences a chance to compare different settings of the same texts. Tom Hall, longtime artistic director of the chorus, chose a good number of pieces with spiritual texts, mixing in a little Shakespeare along the way. The composers represented were decidedly tonal in orientation, and several shared a rather generic style (I would have loved at least one walk on the wild side)
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,Sun Music Critic | April 28, 1991
When Tom Hall was a young man living in Atlanta, just after finishing college and while trying to find himself as a musician, he took all kinds of jobs."
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By Marie Gullard and Marie Gullard,Special to The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2008
With 5,800 square feet of intricately carved plaster moldings, sweeping archways and parquet oak flooring, it's hard to digest the beauty of Tom Hall's home all at once. So Hall, the music director of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, wife Linell Smith, a former reporter for The Baltimore Sun and 19-year-old daughter Miranda enjoy their 13-room, circa 1895, Italianate-style home in historic Reservoir Hill one room at a time. "There's no favorite room," says 53-year-old Hall. "It depends on where we are at the moment."
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By Mary Carole McCauley and Mary Carole McCauley,Sun Reporter | May 6, 2007
ONE HUNDRED THIRTEEN people cram into three rows of chairs lining the long wall of the rehearsal room at Grace United Methodist Church, for all the world like birds on a wire. But these particular birds have been singing hard for three hours, and their feathers are a bit askew in the heat. A middle-aged man standing on a small, raised stage goes into a half crouch and raises his baton, and members of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society launch into one of the gentler sections of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana.
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January 30, 2006
On Saturday, January 28, 2006, SCOTT A.; devoted son of Victoria Hall (nee Reinhart) and the late Eddie Lee Tipton; step-son of Tom Hall; beloved brother of Daniel Tipton; loving fiance of Nicole Fulton; dear grandson of Carmella and Mike Finnis; dear step-grandson of Clay and Joyce Hall. Relatives and friends are invited to call the SCHIMUNEK FUNERAL HOME OF BEL AIR, INC., 610 W. Mac Phail Road (Rt. 24), on Tuesday 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 P.M., where funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 1 P.M. Interment at Harford Memorial Gardens.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | November 5, 2002
The Baltimore Choral Arts Society opened its 37th season over the weekend by celebrating its raison d'etre - and 20 years of leadership from Tom Hall. The program, a re-creation of his first with the ensemble in 1982, contained two works that reflect on the power of music and music-making, and music's patron saint, Cecilia. Never mind that the historical Cecilia lived centuries before the birth of Western music and may have had little or no musical inclinations. Somehow, she became associated with the art form and inspired both the poetry and the music performed with considerable affection and polish by the chorus Sunday afternoon at Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | November 4, 2001
As Tom Hall sees it, a chorus is more than an assembly of high- and low-voiced singers from both genders. It is the embodiment of what is meant by the word "community." That's one reason Hall has enjoyed a long tenure as music director of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society. "Most choral music is uttered in the plural pronoun, rather than the singular," Hall says. "In opera, when we watch Tosca and Scarpia battle it out, we relate to them individually. Choral music involves shared aspirations and hopes."
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sloane Brown | January 2, 2000
Jan. 6: Harford County WalkAmerica 2000 Executive Dinner. Benefits Central Maryland Chapter for the March of Dimes. Cocktails, dinner, speakers including Harford County Executive Jim Harkins. Maryland Golf and Country Club, 1335 E. MacPhail Road, Bel Air. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets $50. Call by Jan. 4, 410-638-8019. Jan. 8: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast. Proceeds go to a scholarship program sponsored by Howard L. Cornish Metropolitan Baltimore Chapter of Morgan State University Alumni Association.
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Susan Reimer | April 20, 2011
Writer Dudley Clendinen is a gifted raconteur, weaving his stories in a soft Southern accent and with a courtly manner. It is easy to imagine him captivating dinner guests until long after the candles have burned down. It is a savage irony, then, that amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is taking his voice first when it might have chosen his limbs instead. It was slurred speech that gave Clendinen, 66, the first hint of trouble. A former national reporter and editorial writer for The New York Times who also worked for The Baltimore Sun, he had settled here to write books and teach.
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | March 27, 1999
The notion of performing one of Handel's oratorios as an opera may strike some as strange. But that is exactly how the Baltimore Choral Arts Society presented Handel's "Samson" in two performances Tuesday and Wednesday at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts in Owings Mills.Little wonder, therefore, that the society's music director, Tom Hall, may have expressed some trepidation in his program notes in reference to the production as "an experiment for us."He needn't have feared. The experiment was a brilliant success.
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | March 27, 1999
The notion of performing one of Handel's oratorios as an opera may strike some as strange. But that is exactly how the Baltimore Choral Arts Society presented Handel's "Samson" in two performances Tuesday and Wednesday at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts in Owings Mills.Little wonder, therefore, that the society's music director, Tom Hall, may have expressed some trepidation in his program notes in reference to the production as "an experiment for us."He needn't have feared. The experiment was a brilliant success.
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,Sun Music Critic | April 28, 1991
When Tom Hall was a young man living in Atlanta, just after finishing college and while trying to find himself as a musician, he took all kinds of jobs."
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