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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.

Nov. 15 2012

A Legendary “Lover” at the Lyric

By Dyana Neal | Posted in Host Blogs, Interviews | No Comments

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

By Dyana Neal | Posted in Host Blogs | 3 Comments

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

By Dyana Neal | Posted in Host Blogs | 4 Comments

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! […]

Oct. 02 2012

On Painting And Popcorn

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American artist Lennart Anderson will be giving a talk entitled “On Painting” at Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood Campus on Wednesday, October 10th at 5:30pm in the Arellano Theater, Levering Hall. I recently spoke with Craig Hankin, director of JHU’s Homewoood Art Workshops, about Anderson’s art, the influence of Degas, and Jiffy-Pop popcorn. C. Hankin re: […]

Sep. 26 2012

Bernstein, Beethoven, and… Soccer?

By Dyana Neal | Posted in Host Blogs, Interviews, WBJC Programs | No Comments

The Columbia Orchestra’s 35th season opens on Saturday, October 6th at the Jim Rouse Theater. The program includes Bernstein’s Symphony #1, “Jeremiah”, & Beethoven’s Symphony #8 as well as Enrico Chapela’s inguesu.  Earlier this week, I met with The Columbia Orchestra’s Music Director, Maestro Jason Love, to talk about the concert. Columbia Orchestra 10-06-12 Concert […]

Sep. 20 2012

Time Really Does Fly…

By Dyana Neal | Posted in Host Blogs | 2 Comments

  Nineteen years ago today, I began working at WBJC.  I can’t believe I’ve been here that long, yet it seems very strange to think I ever lived anywhere else but Baltimore. Prior to my big move (I drove 900 miles in 2 days, alone, to get here) I resided in Iowa City, where I’d […]

Sep. 17 2012

Gotta run!

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I love running, but I don’t do a lot of races. Usually, I just pop out the door of our house, often accompanied by Jim, & make my way through various Baltimore neighborhoods. I’m not fast & probably never will be; burning calories & staying in shape are more important to me than winning medals. […]

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