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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.

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 […]

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 […]

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