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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.

Oct. 25 2019

All About Monty (no, Not Python)

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However, that famous comedy troupe’s influence can definitely be felt in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Dundalk Community Theatre’s current production. The show won the Tony award for Best Musical in 2014 and also nods to Gilbert and Sullivan, Charles Dickens, and perhaps even Downton Abbey. Earlier this week, I spoke with director […]

Sep. 30 2019

Taking a stand against that phone in your hand, or, thank you, Ms. Mutter!

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It’s very difficult to keep an arts organization afloat these days. From the largest concert halls and opera houses to “small theater” companies and chamber music ensembles that perform in schools or churches, everyone worries about how to attract and retain audiences. Then there’s the fact that ticket prices cover only a portion of operating […]

May. 14 2019

Growing up Bernstein: What was it like?

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NOTE: Alas, I’ve been informed that the event referred to in this interview has been canceled. I still highly recommend reading Ms.Bernstein’s book and checking out the Soulful Symphony! Last year, en route to my high school reunion, I read – no, devoured – “Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing up Bernstein,” Jamie Bernstein’s […]

Apr. 25 2019

Sounds of Freedom

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On Sunday, May 12, Baltimore Choral Arts will present “Captivity to Liberty”, featuring Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht and Jonathan Dove’s The Monster in the Maze. Recently, I spoke with Maestro Blake Clark and artist Chuck Nesci about the program and the theme that unites the two works.¬†      

Sep. 21 2018

Are new violins easier to fiddle with?

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Sorry, I couldn’t resist that one. In all seriousness, violinist Netanel Draiblate has some very interesting reasons for preferring to play a new instrument rather than an antique. We chatted about new vs. old, cadenzas, and more recently. Mr. Draiblate will be the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra’s featured soloist on Sunday, September 30.       […]

Sep. 14 2018

War – what is it good for?

By Dyana Neal | Posted in Host Blogs, Interviews, WBJC Programs | 1 Comment

Well, it won’t do your love life any favors, at least not in Aristophanes’ Lysistrata.¬† Spotlighters Theatre is presenting Sarah Ruden’s translation of this 411 BCE satire from September 21-October 14; I recently chatted about the production with co-directors Michael Blum and Darlene Harris.      

Jul. 10 2018

Topsy-Turvy Summer Fun at Young Vic

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

It’s probably no surprise to our listeners that all of WBJC’s announcers have off-air performing experience as singers, actors, or instrumentalists.With that in mind, I’m delighted to announce that our evening host, John T.K. Scherch, will be singing the title role in The Mikado at Young Victorian Theatre Company this summer. Earlier this week, I […]

May. 22 2018

Mezzo-to-mezzo with Denyce Graves

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Leonard Bernstein’s Candide¬† is onstage at the Kennedy Center through May 26th. Recently, I had the immense honor – and pleasure! – of meeting and interviewing internationally renowned mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves, who is playing The Old Woman in this production. She’s as lovely as her voice, both personally and physically, and we had a great […]

Apr. 24 2018

On the Big Screen, Baltimore and Beyond: the 2018 Maryland Film Festival

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The 2018 Maryland Film Festival runs from May 2-6 at various locations in Baltimore’s Station North neighborhood. Recently, I spoke with Jed Dietz, Founding Director of the Maryland Film Festival and President of the Producer’s Club of Maryland, about this year’s offerings. They include a Japanese silent film long thought lost, but newly restored and […]

Apr. 04 2018

The Art of Crossover: From Classical to Broadway

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Many young performers begin their training with their hearts set on working in opera or ballet, but these days, they may find that they have to branch out into other art forms to find gigs. On Saturday, April 14, MedChi and the Baltimore School for the Arts are teaming up to present “The Art of […]

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