Wednesday, 21 January 2015 19:08

Great Performances at the Met: Werther

Sunday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m.

Star tenor Jonas Kaufmann sings the title role of the tortured poet in the Met's acclaimed new production of Massenet's Werther. Richard Eyre returns to direct the first new Met production of Werther in more than 40 years. French mezzo-soprano Sophie Koch makes her Met debut as Charlotte, the object of Werther's unrequited love, in a cast that also includes Lisette Oropesa as Sophie, Serbian bass David Bižić in his Met debut as Albert, and Jonathan Summers as Le Bailli.

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Wednesday, 21 January 2015 19:07

Basquiat

Friday, Feb. 6 at 8 p.m.

In 1981, Jean-Michel Basquiat was a 19-year-old graffiti artist living on the streets. Eight years later, he was a world-renowned painter and the tragic victim of his own addiction. This film chronicles his meteoric rise in New York's art world, his anguish over his family, and his hatred of a society that both courted and exploited him.

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Wednesday, 21 January 2015 19:06

Making a Difference

Monday, Feb. 2 at 9 p.m.

This program features inspirational stories of eight different people who, through their efforts, are making a difference here in Western New York.

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Wednesday, 21 January 2015 19:02

Great Performances at the Met: La Boheme

Sunday, Feb. 1 at 2 p.m.

An exciting young cast stars in Franco Zeffirelli's lavish production of Giacomo Puccini's popular work, the most-performed opera in Met history. Italian star tenor Vittorio Grigolo is the passionate poet Rodolfo, and Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais his fragile lover, Mimi. Susanna Phillips sings the flirtatious Musetta and Massimo Cavalletti is the painter Marcello, led by Italian conductor Stefano Ranzani.

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“Making a Difference” airs Monday, Feb. 2 at 9 p.m.; Seeking nominations for 2015

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Last January, WNED | WBFO Buffalo-Toronto launched an initiative to recognize everyday citizens of Western New York who are committed to making a positive impact in their communities. “Making a Difference” was created to capture the stories of true champions who dedicate their time to worthy causes, emphasize the importance of volunteerism and encourage others to step in and lend a helping hand. The response was overwhelming, as over 300 nominations were received for this recognition.

“The selection process was awe-inspiring,” said Donald K. Boswell, WNED ǀ WBFO president and CEO. “We read story after story of the remarkable work that’s being done to strengthen Western New York and are thrilled that we can tell the stories of eight very deserving honorees.” 

 “Making a Difference,” which airs Monday, Feb. 2 at 9 p.m. on WNED-TV, will highlight eight individuals in a half-hour television documentary and with radio spotlights airing throughout February on WBFO-FM 88.7.

“Making a Difference” honorees include:

  • Aaron Bartley (Co-Founder, PUSH Buffalo)
  • Sr. Janet DiPasquale (LCSW / Director, TRY – Teaching and Restoring Youth)
  • Myron Glick, M.D. (Founder and Chief Medical Officer, Jericho Road Community Health Center)
  • Ken Hansen (President, Amanda Hansen Foundation)
  • Willie “Hutch” Jones (President, Willie “Hutch” Jones Educational and Sports Programs)
  • Greg Kowal (Wish Kid and volunteer fundraiser for The Make-A-Wish Foundation)
  • John Mika (Founder, The Teacher’s Desk)
  • MarCe Zerrate (Founder, Amor and Heritage Dance Company and ColombiaWNY.org)

WNED ǀ WBFO is currently seeking nominations for the 2015 program. Individuals wishing to nominate a community hero can fill out an online form at wned.org or request a paper nomination form by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling (716) 845-7000, ext. 251.

“Making a Difference” is funded in part by First Niagara Foundation, a not-for-profit charitable foundation committed to supporting organizations that make a difference in our communities.

Through WNED-TV, ThinkBright and Well/WORLD TV, Classical 94.5 WNED and WBFO-FM 88.7, member-supported WNED ǀ WBFO Buffalo-Toronto provides high quality programming and services to local, regional and national audiences that enlighten, inspire, entertain and educate Western New York and Southern Ontario communities. Additional information about WNED ǀ WBFO can be found at wned.org.

 

WNED ǀ WBFO Media Contact:
Megan M. Wagner
Director of Corporate Communications
(716) 845.7155 • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

WNED ǀ WBFO Production Contact:
Lynne Bader
Senior Producer 
(716) 845-7000, ext. 251 • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

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