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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.

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 […]

Feb. 07 2013

I’d Be Like Cleopatterer…

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If only Janet Stephens would do my hair! Ms. Stephens is a local hairstylist – she works at Studio 912 Salon and Day Spa. I’ve seen her (fabulous) contemporary work on the head of a friend and local singer, Janet Boynton Simons. The two women used to sing together in the Handel Choir of Baltimore, […]

Jan. 30 2013

My Purple Pride Is Showing

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Okay, I don’t usually follow football. Hope I didn’t cost WBJC any listeners with that admission – I know many of you are passionate sports fans! I am, however, very proud of the Baltimore Ravens for making it to the Super Bowl this year. With that in mind, my husband, Jim, and I joined a […]

Jan. 25 2013

Instant Audience: Just Add Casual Attire?

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I have a confession to make: lately, every time I see an article or a blog post about finding ways to attract new (and presumably younger) audience members to classical music performances, I groan. Actually, I’m starting to wonder if they’re all the same piece, or at least written by the same author. Inevitably, they […]

Jan. 16 2013

A Blow to my Book Collection?

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With much trepidation, I bought my first e-book yesterday. I’ve read plenty of articles online over the years, but how was I going to feel about reading an entire book (270 pages!) on a little handheld device? Well, I’m currently 202 pages in. It doesn’t hurt that the book in question, Blow by Blow, is […]

Jan. 11 2013

Cat Pictures And So Much More!

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Today I’m (very belatedly) piggybacking on Judith’s November 27th post about e-readers. For a long time, I insisted that I would never read books on an electronic device. I love technology, but I also adore the feel, smell, and look of a printed book. As time went on, however, the idea of being able to […]

Jan. 04 2013

Rolling into the New Year

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When I was in junior high school, several friends and I used to go roller skating every Friday night. Despite my lack of athletic ability – I was the proverbial “last one picked” every time sports teams were chosen for PE class and a disaster at ice skating – I eventually got pretty good at […]

Dec. 17 2012

A Different Kind Of Theme Tree

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By some people’s standards, Jim and I don’t do a lot of decorating for Christmas. We’ve been in our house for eleven years and have yet to put holiday lights on the outside of the house, although we do hang a wreath on the front door. Inside, we have a few seasonal knick-knacks that we […]

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