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Dyana Neal

Dyana Neal

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Dyana is WBJC's midday host. Her full bio can be read here.

Apr. 24 2013

Playing Games During the Cold War

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Dundalk Community Theatre is presenting Chess by Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus, and Tim Rice from April 26-May 5. I spoke with director John Amato about the production and the show’s connection to real-life events; you can click on the link below to listen to our chat. Chess at Dundalk Community Theatre Related posts: Truth Is […]

Apr. 15 2013

Humpty Dumpty is an Ultra-Runner

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Today is April 15th – tax day, right? Well, yes. This year, it also happens to be the date of the Boston Marathon, and although Jim isn’t running, I’m sure he’s following the race online. Today is also the 10th anniversary of an event that we often refer to as The Great Splat. The following […]

Apr. 05 2013

Adios, Carmencita

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This past Wednesday, Jim and I had to say goodbye to our beautiful baby girl kitty, Carmen. She was almost 19 and had been in failing health for some time, so we knew we were facing a difficult decision sometime this Spring unless Nature intervened, as was the case when our boy cat, Winston, became […]

Mar. 29 2013

Baltimoments of a Different Kind

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When I first moved here, I was told that Baltimore is a big small town. It certainly did seem as if everyone I met knew many of my other acquaintances, either through old school ties, professional connections, or having been neighbors or romantically linked at some point. Given the number of Peabody grads and faculty […]

Mar. 22 2013

My turn to play groupie!

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Judith recently had a wonderful fangirl moment with Emanuel Ax; now it’s my turn. For some years, I’ve been a devotee of Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s singing. Jim and I have seen him perform operatic roles, song cycles, and recitals, all brilliantly. I had the chance to interview “Dima” in 2002 when he was in town to […]

Mar. 15 2013

Lakme: An Operatic Family Reunion

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Last night, I had the pleasure of seeing my niece, Laura Whittenberger, sing the title role in Leo Delibes’ Lakme at Peabody Opera Theatre. The performance brought back many memories of Baltimore Opera’s 2002 production of the same piece – my first show as a member of that company’s chorus.  Laura and her mother, Ellie, were […]

Mar. 05 2013

An All-Poulenc Program? Yes, Please!

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Towson University’s Department of Music will be presenting an entire concert devoted to Francis Poulenc’s works on Tuesday, March 12 at 7:30pm. Recently, I spoke with Carl Schmidt, Poulenc scholar and Towson University faculty member, about the upcoming performance and his meeting with the composer back in the early 1960′s. You can listen to our […]

Feb. 27 2013

The Crisis in the Arts: Is Food to Blame?

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Don’t you love it (or perhaps get a little jealous) when a writer articulates something you’ve pondered and haven’t been able to put into words? That’s exactly what happened when I read the following New York Times op-ed piece. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/28/opinion/sunday/how-food-replaced-art-as-high-culture.html?_r=0 My colleagues and I love to eat, and we love to talk about food. I’d […]

Feb. 18 2013

Verdi hits the jackpot in Vegas

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Last Saturday, I attended the Metropolitan Opera’s HD broadcast of Rigoletto at the Charles Theater. I was delighted to see that there wasn’t an empty seat in the room and the audience demographic ranged from high school to retirement age. As a fan of Rat Pack-era design, I was pretty excited about seeing this production, which […]

Feb. 13 2013

The more things change, the more we look – and eat – the same…?

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Today I’m piggybacking on my earlier post about casual attire at concerts and how I don’t think that alone is enough to attract larger and/or younger audiences. I’ll freely admit that I don’t have a magical solution to that issue. If  only I did – I could hire myself out as a consultant to all […]

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