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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.

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 […]

Nov. 29 2012

Bizet’s Habanera With An Industrial Twist

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You’ve heard the Habanera from Carmen before,  right? I bet you haven’t heard it like this. If you think you’re a jaded opera fan, or not an opera fan at all, I dare you to watch the following video by the French band Zic Zazou without laughing and enjoying the music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=96I_UrTOZF0 Apologies to the […]

Nov. 22 2012

Holidays are what (and when) you make them

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Happy Thanksgiving! If you’ve had WBJC on since 10 this morning (and of course, I hope you have) you might have noticed that I’m working. If a holiday falls on a weekday, I’ll be here unless I ask for vacation time in advance, and you know what? That doesn’t bother me one bit. Many people […]

Nov. 16 2012

Affairs Of Notes – And Words, Too!

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This coming Sunday, November 18th, Pro Musica Rara will present Love Letters from the Eighteenth Century at Towson University’s Center for the Arts.  PMR’s Artistic Director Allen Whear did painstaking research into the correspondence and personal lives of some Enlightenment-era notables for this program; you can listen to our interview by clicking on the link […]

Nov. 15 2012

A Legendary “Lover” at the Lyric

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The notorious libertine Don Giovanni (or Don Juan) has inspired authors and composers since at least the seventeenth century. This weekend, Peabody Opera Theater brings Mozart’s operatic retelling of the infamous womanizer’s exploits to the Patricia and Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric. Stage director Roger Brunyate says Don Giovanni is his favorite […]

Nov. 15 2012

Some Eclectic Evening

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What do BSO musicians like to play on their own time? The Chamber Music by Candlelight series (presented by Community Concerts at Second) has been answering that question for years. This Sunday, November 18th, CMC ‘s 7:30pm program will include works by Piazzolla, Schickele, Prokofief, and Schulhoff.  Earlier this week, I spoke with clarinetist/CMC co-coordinator […]

Nov. 08 2012

Thanksgiving Dinner Has Fins At Our House

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Well, it had them, and perhaps a shell or two as well. Jim is an omnivore, but I’m a pescetarian, so when our first Thanksgiving as a couple drew nigh, we realized we’d have to come up with a holiday meal that would please both of our palates. Having been introduced to bouillabaisse at a […]

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