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Dyana Neal

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

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 […]

Oct. 17 2012

Truth Is More Compelling Than Fiction

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From October 26-November 4, Dundalk Community Theatre is presenting Titanic: The Musical  by Peter Stone and Maury Yeston. It seems this Tony-Award winning show owes more to the wonderful book A Night To Remember (written by Baltimore native Walter Lord) than it does to Hollywood’s version of the story. I recently spoke with director Tom […]

Oct. 16 2012

A Clear View of The Glass Menagerie

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Towson University’s Department of Theatre Arts is presenting Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie October 18-27 in the Center for Fine Arts’ Mainstage Theatre. I recently spoke with director Stephen Nunns, Associate Professor and Director of Towson University’s  MFA Program in Theatre Arts, about the production and how his experience in avant-garde theatre informs his work. […]

Oct. 15 2012

Wonderful Town, Indeed: Our Top 5 New York Recs

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When Jim and I go out of town, we often get away to it all rather than from it all. As such, New York is one of our favorite vacation spots. Here are our Top 5 NYC recs! 5. Take the subway or walk whenever possible. Both will afford you a wealth of people-watching opportunities! […]

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