Upcoming Events
September 14, 2019

JazzWorks Live

Headliner: Jazzmeia Horn, winner of the Thelonious Monk Award along with a Grammy nomination, with opening performance by Taylor Made Jazz.


WNED | WBFO Signature Events

For sponsorship information call 716-845-7000.

 

JazzWorks Live! is a fundraiser for Western New York Public Broadcasting Association, a nonprofit corporation that serves the educational, cultural and informational needs of communities across Western New York and Southern Ontario. Sponsorship support of this unique concert event helps provides the financial resources required for the organization’s on-air, community collaboration and outreach activities.

 

JazzWorks Live!

Saturday, September 14th, 2019

Doors open at 6:15 pm
Performance begins at 7:00 pm

WNED | WBFO continues its tradition of bringing live music to Buffalo and Western New York with its first JazzWorks Live!, Saturday, September 14, in the WNED | WBFO studio in downtown Buffalo…a room that will be transformed into an intimate jazz nightclub setting.

JazzWorks Live! will feature jazz musicians from Western New York and beyond. There will also be food and beverages (alcohol and non-alcohol) available for purchase. The jazz musicians, ambiance and excitement of this event will make for an incredibly memorable evening!

WBFO’s Buffalo Blues Bash brings a rollicking night of music, food and fun to WNED | WBFO each fall and spring. WNED’s large studio is transformed into a state-of-the-art concert venue for one night only; it offers the perfect setting for local opening blues acts and notable national headliners alike. Food, beer and wine are available for purchase to complete this rockin’ evening.

WBFO's Buffalo Blues Bash returns to our studios Saturday, October 5, 2019 with our headliner, Ms. Hy-C & Fresh Start!


WNED-TV Kid Fest

This fun-filled family weekend takes place annually each winter at the WNED | WBFO studios in downtown Buffalo. Children and parents can enjoy meet-and-greets with beloved PBS KIDS characters as well as an assortment of activities, prizes, and more. Various organizations from around the community participate -- presenting live performances, crafts and giveaways for those who attend. Complimentary goodie bags are given to every child and low-cost snacks are available for purchase.

Families also have the opportunity to make it a full day of fun by attending the popular Character Breakfast where they can dine and hob-nob with the likes of Daniel Tiger, Katerina Kittycat, Clifford, Super Why!, Princess Presto and other PBS friends. Character Breakfast tickets include VIP early admission to Kid Fest.

New this year is Kid Fest Canada at the Royal Botanical Gardens!

2019 Kid Fest Events!

Check back to find out about our plans for 2020!

Antiques Home Show!

Sunday, October 20, 2019
Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, ON

WNED | WBFO's Antiques Home Show is a local, non-televised event using local expert appraisers. For one day only, community members are invited to bring antiques to be verbally evaluated by Southern Ontario and Western New York’s finest appraisers.


Don Boswell (WNED|WBFO) and JoAnn Falletta (Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra) welcome the Semi-finalists.

The JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition

Named in honor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s Music Director, the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition was launched in 2004 by WNED-FM, WNED-TV and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. It was the world’s first concerto competition for classical guitarists with accompaniment by a full symphony orchestra. The Falletta Competition was established to help identify and encourage talented young classical guitarists and help them on their musical journeys. Every two years, it brings international guitarists to Buffalo, New York for one week to perform publicly in competition for cash prizes, a recording contract, national and international broadcast exposure, and a return engagement with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. It is the opportunity of a lifetime for young musicians who have dedicated themselves to their art and who are serious about pursuing careers not only as international performing and recording artists, but also as concert soloists.

In addition to bringing prominent recognition to highly-skilled young classical guitarists, WNED and the BPO seek to promote music appreciation and enhance the visibility of the cultural arts in Western New York.

WNED | WBFO and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra congratulate Bokyung Byun of South Korea who was awarded first place and Musician's Choice in the eighth biennial JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition on June 9, 2018.


Eight classical guitarists, representing five nations, competed throughout the week. Byun is the first woman to win the competition. Tengue "TY" Zhang of China captured Audience Favorite and second place. Congyi Zhang won third place, and also received the inaugural William and Carol Greiner Award for his performance of Ernesto Cordero’s Concierto Antillano. The Greiner Award encourages the performance of lesser-known works.

Byun will receive a solo concert at the Fondazione La Società dei Concerti in a recital among the series “Winners!” of Incontri Musicali at Gaber Auditorium in Milano, Italy, along with a $10,000 cash prize, national and international broadcast exposure, and a return engagement with the BPO.
Check back for information about the 2020 competition.