Posts Tagged ‘holidays’

Nov. 22 2019

A Musical Message of Peace

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

The holiday season is almost upon us, so of course that means choral concerts, especially Handel’s Messiah. Recently, I spoke with Columbia Pro Cantare’s Executive Director, Elladean Brigham, about the group’s upcoming performance of the famous work as well as their Chamber Chorus seasonal offering, A Christmas Noel.

Nov. 24 2016

Hallelujah! The BSO is Recording Messiah!

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

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Concert Artists of Baltimore Symphonic Chorale are presenting their annual performances of Handel’s Messiah December 2-4, with concerts at both the Meyerhoff and Strathmore. Maestro Edward Polochick has conducted Messiah with the BSO since 1982, and I’ve had the privilege and pleasure of singing it with him many times since […]

Dec. 16 2015

A “Heifetz Band” of alumni all-stars

By Judith Krummeck | Posted in Host Blogs, Interviews | No Comments

The Heifetz International Music Institute, with its training method designed to unlock and express the emotional power of classical music, is giving a Holiday Homecoming Concert on the eve of its 20th anniversary. Here is the institute’s founder and artistic director:        

Jan. 02 2013

Happy New Year!

By Judith Krummeck | Posted in Host Blogs | No Comments

I love the way we celebrate the New Year—and other festive occasions—with a happy accident. Sparkling wine came about when the wine was bottled too soon, before the fermentation process had been completed. Contrary to popular belief, the monk, Dom Perignon, didn’t invent champagne. He actually did his very best to rid “the devil’s wine” of […]

Nov. 22 2012

Holidays are what (and when) you make them

By Dyana Neal | Posted in Host Blogs | No Comments

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 […]

Oct. 13 2012

Top 5 – Halloween Candy

By Diana Ross | Posted in Staff Blogs | No Comments

I’ll fully admit it: Halloween is my favorite holiday! To me, it’s the culmination of Fall… the leaves have changed, the air is crisp and the costume is on!  My mother used to sew my costumes from scratch and my fave for several years in a row was the devil costume complete with my face […]

Jul. 25 2012


By Judith Krummeck | Posted in Host Blogs | 5 Comments

As the cicada choruses begin to vie with each other, it’s an indication that we have reached the dog days of summer.  One of the things I love about living in America is how clearly demarcated the seasons are: the vibrant fall, the Christmas card snow scenes of winter, the rejuvenation of spring, and then […]

Jun. 04 2012


By Judith Krummeck | Posted in Host Blogs | 1 Comment

I would love to be a fly on the wall when Jonathan Biss is practicing in the privacy of his apartment to see if he is as physical then as he is on the concert platform.  He is what you might call and mover and shaker in front of the keyboard–bending low, arcing back, fidgeting […]

Jan. 13 2012

A Shameless Plug for my Next Cabaret Show

By Dyana Neal | Posted in Host Blogs | No Comments

    Valentine’s Day is coming, whether you like it or not. Personally, I’ve always been a big fan of V-day, even in college, when artsy student types like myself were expected to shun it as a “Hallmark holiday” & pretend to be far too intellectual to exchange cards & chocolates on February 14th. I’m […]

Dec. 19 2011

Christmas making sense

By Judith Krummeck | Posted in Host Blogs | No Comments

Having grown up celebrating Christmas in Africa — with the Christmas holidays falling at the height of summer — white Christmases, steaming hot Christmas dinners and all the Christmas traditions were things that came alive for me in a Dickensian novel, not in real life. We’d all be hanging around in Fourth of July attire […]