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March 25, 2009

WBJC personality and former Baltimore Opera chorister Dyana Neal to give concert at An die Musik

Dyana NealDyana Neal's speaking voice is well-known to classical music fans in the region -- she's the midday host at WBJC-FM. Her singing voice will be the focus Thursday night at An die Musik, where Neal will perform a mix of arias, Broadway tunes and classics of the American Songbook.

Like many others, Neal lost a valued performance outlet when the Baltimore Opera Company slipped into bankruptcy -- she had been a chorus member since 2002. For the An die Musik event, "I am planning to dedicate I'll See You Again' to the Baltimore Opera Chorus because I hope very much to work with my BOC colleagues again in the future," Neal says in an e-mail message. "Let's hope better times are ahead for opera in Baltimore."

She will be accompanied by pianist Diane Kinsley during the Thursday recital, and joined for a couple of numbers by her husband, baritone and architect Jim Knost. The program includes arias from Il trovatore and Carmen, along with such standards as "Skylark," "Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend," "Losing my Mind," and "Every Time We Say Goodbye" (that song could also be dedicated to the casualties of Baltimore Opera's collapse).

Incidentally, I learned from Neal's bio that she has done some film work, including an appearance in my favorite John Waters film, Pecker. I'll have to dig that DVD out again soon and keep an eye out for her.  



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Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

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