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WNED Classical is the area’s 24-hour classical music service. The station harbors an ongoing broadcast and production relationship with the Grammy award-winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Tune in for symphonies, operas and concerts by philharmonic orchestras around the world.

WNED Classical broadcast on 94.5 WNED in Buffalo and on 89.7 WNJA in Jamestown and can be streamed on this website and through apps.

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 WNED Classical Blog

Ignite your love of classical music with the WNED Classical Blog! Here you can find classical music news, reviews and analysis from Buffalo and around the world. In this month's edition of the WNED Classical Blog Marty reflects on his love of attending live concerts .

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Classical Snack

Classical Snack is a monthly feature here at WNED Classical. The goal is to provide tidbits of information about classical music that might enhance your listening experience. Each installment of Classical Snack will be a fun-sized treat - like a little candy bar given out at Halloween. They’ll take no more than two or three minutes to digest. Look for a new Classical Snack on the third Friday of each month.
 

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Opera on WNED Classical

Join Classical WNED Saturdays at 1pm for opera featuring exceptional casts and stunning performances. Learn about the operas, composers, cast and companies.

Sacred Classics

Sacred Classics

WNED Classical presents “Sacred Classics” every Sunday morning from 7 to 9. Stratton Rawson will feature great timeless works for choir and orchestra.

JoAnn's Classical Corner

JoAnn's Classical Corner

Weekdays at 8:30am and 5:30pm
Listen to WNED Classical every weekday morning at 8:30, as the Buffalo Philharmonic’s Music Director and Conductor JoAnn Falletta joins Mark Swarts in the WNED Morning program for “JoAnn’s Classical Corner!”

Every day, JoAnn will spend a couple of minutes with Mark talking about everything from this season’s highlights at the Buffalo Philharmonic to JoAnn’s insights on all things musical.

Stratton Rawson

Stratton's Sidebar

Wednesdays at 10am
Stratton Rawson stops into Mark Swarts' program at 10 Wednesday mornings to give us a preview of what he has planned for his Deep Classical program evenings at 10 on WNED Classical.

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Oasis Request

Weekday afternoons at 5pm you'll hear mood music to help release some of the stress that’s accumulated during the course of the day.

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WNED Classical Live on Stage!Abel-Basil Cabaret | WNED Classical Live on Stage!

Join Buffalo's Queen of Cabaret, KerryKate Abel, and her incredible accompanist, Chuck Basil, as they celebrate 25 years of creating music together! This one-night-only event will feature music by Berlin, Cohan, Gershwin, Henderson and more! Be there as we remember the songs that were special to our grandparents . . . and to us too! 

CHUCK BASIL was the Grand Prize Winner of the Marvin Hamlisch Star Search Competition in 2002 and performed and recorded with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. He has been in the music ministry of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo for more than forty years and is currently Music Director at St. John Vianney RC Church in Orchard Park, NY. He is a Fellow of the O'Neill Cabaret Symposium in Waterford, Connecticut. Basil began playing cabaret and piano bar music at the Stage Door Piano Lounge in Buffalo in 1989 and has worked with Kerrykate since 1998. This year marks their 25th anniversary as a performing duo. Basil has also been music director of several theatrical productions in the Buffalo area. 

KERRYKATE ABEL is a veteran performer on Buffalo area stages. Like Basil, Abel is a fellow of the O’Neill Cabaret Symposium and has performed across the country in both cabaret and theatre. She holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts with a performance creation concentration from Goddard College in Vermont. Abel is also a playwright, writer, activist, and educator. In the summer of 2023, she appeared on the Saul Elkin Stage as Mistress Overdone in the Shakespeare in Delaware Park production of Measure For Measure. She also recently played Eunice in the critically acclaimed BUA production of A Great Wilderness. Her relationship with BUA goes back years, having been producer of the BUA Cabaret Series from 2009 to 2012. She wrote and directed Hoarding Hope at the Paul Robeson Theatre and can be seen for one more weekend as Eddie in The Rocky Horror Show at the Kavinoky Theatre. Ms. Abel is hoping to produce her long-awaited next cabaret, Woman Of A Certain Rage, in 2024. 

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Hear Us Out | Strings Spectacular with Ivan & Greg Docenko

The piano and the violin both have strings – and both instruments make spectacular music! In the first installment of "Hear Us Out" young visitors could see, hear, touch, and play real violins and pianos with professional musicians (and brothers!) Ivan & Greg Docenko! 

Hear Us Out, a new music initiative aimed at young learners (age 8-12) was held at Buffalo Toronto Public Media Studios on Saturday, November 18, 2023.

Hear Us Out was made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrant Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by Arts Services, Inc. 

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John Riesen and Richie English | Entering Music

Lifelong pianist, composer, co-host of WNED Classical’s Entering Music and Western New York’s own Richie English is joined by award-winning, operatically trained tenor (and finalist on NBC’s America’s Got Talent) John Riesen as they debut an original song written and composed by Richie English specifically for John Riesen's voice.

Listen as John and Richie discuss what sparked the composition of this piece, some of Richie's creative processes while writing, and the challenges and joys of performing the song together.
Then, watch John and Richie perform the fabulous debut of their virtuosic “American Aria” Singularity.

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The BPO on WNED Classical Returns Next Summer

JoAnn Falletta and the BPO

WNED Classical is pleased to present brilliant concerts from our Buffalo Philharmonic every Tuesday night at 7pm each summer!  We’ll feature performances from this past season along with amazing encores from the BPO’s archives. 

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BUFFALO TORONTO PUBLIC MEDIA

 

Congratulations to JoAnn Falletta on 20 Years with the BPO

JoAnn Falletta is celebrating 20 years with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra! She's been a wonderful friend to our public broadcasting stations and we thank her for all she's given to our community.

 

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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 Classical, WNED PBS 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, Buffalo Toronto Public Media and the BPO seek to promote music appreciation and enhance the visibility of the cultural arts in Western New York.


The 2020 JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition scheduled for June 3-6 has been postponed, due to the nearly impossible logistics of mounting an international competition in the face of the COVID-19 crisis. The BPO will announce a rescheduled date at a later time.

 

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2018 Semi-finalists
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Liona Boyd Recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from JoAnn Falletta Guitar Competition

Liona Boyd, “First Lady of the Guitar,” received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition in 2018.

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2018 Semi-finals Day Two | Watch Online Now

On Day 2 (June 7, 2018), the remaining four competitors performed live with an accompanist at the Buffalo Toronto Public Media Studios, and the judges selected three finalist to perform with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in the Finals.

Day Two Semi-finalist:

  • Jack Cimo, a seasoned chamber musician and soloist who has been active in competitions as both an organizer and competitor, representing the United States.
  • Junhong Kuang, a 17 year old who has recorded for Naxos and won top prizes in the ARD Music Competition, representing China.
  • Igor Klokov, a graduate student at Mainz Hochschule fur Musik/Koblenz and winner of many guitar competitions in Europe, representing Russia.
  • Chinnawat Themkumwun, a 37-time prizewinner in Asia and Europe, representing Thailand.
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On Day 1, (June 6, 2018), the first four semi-finalists in the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition performed live with an accompanist from the Buffalo Toronto Public Media Studios.

Day One Semi-finalists:

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  • Bokyung Byun, a multi-competition winner and doctoral candidate at University of Southern California who has been performing publicly since age 11, representing South Korea.
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