WNED Classical is teaming up with the Buffalo Philharmonic and the Buffalo Public Schools for a special Music in the Schools Program.
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.
The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra was forced to suspend at least the next four weeks of performances. Recognizing that music is the soothing salve during these difficult times, Maestro JoAnn Falletta, Executive Director Daniel Hart, the BPO board, and musicians decidedly agreed that weekly broadcasts of archived live concert recordings will continue on WNED Classical.
BPO concerts will be broadcast on WNED Classical at 94.5 FM or by streaming it at here on our webite, the mobile app, or by smart speaker, each Tuesday at 7pm for the next several weeks, beginning Tuesday, March 24 with Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony No. 3, originally performed and recorded Saturday, May 11, 2019. The concert also featured Falla’s Ritual Fire Dance and Mozart’s Elvira Madigan, performed by pianist Adam Golka, who stepped in last-minute when a visa issue prevented the appearance of the originally scheduled artist.
Join us Tuesday, March 31 as we broadcast the BPO concert from October 5th, the night that Canadian Superstar violinist James Ehnes performed Erich Korngold's Violin Concerto! Our broadcast will also include Carl Maria von Weber's Invitation to the Dance, and the Richard Strauss suite from der Rosenkavalier.
“While we cannot all be together at Kleinhans Music Hall, the musicians and I agree that music is still something that can bring us all together in spirit,” said Maestro Falletta. “We will miss our live performances and in-house audiences dearly, but we are so pleased to be able to give the gift of music to the world during a time when we all need it the most.”
All of us at Buffalo Toronto Public Media would like to say a special thank you to you, our members. You have stood by us in the best and worst of times, and we are so grateful. Wishing you peace and good health in the coming days. Thank you for continuously supporting public media.
A message from JoAnn Falletta
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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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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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Guitar Competition Semi-Finals Day One
The first four semi-finalists in the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition will perform live with an accompanist from the WNED PBS Studios in Downtown Buffalo.
Guitar Competition Semi-Finals Day Two
The remaining semi-finalists in the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition will perform live with an accompanist from the WNED PBS Studios in Downtown Buffalo.
JoAnn Falletta Int. Guitar Concerto Competition Finals
The top three guitarists face off in this live event with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and JoAnn Falletta, conductor at Kleinhans Music Hall.
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.
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.
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:
- Tengyue “TY” Zhang, the first-prize winner of the 2017 Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artists Competition, representing China.
- 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.
- Congyi Zhang, a graduate student at Mannes School of Music and frequent performer throughout Canada and the United States, representing China.
- Bradly Pupa, a faculty member at California Conservatory of Music and a graduate student at the San Francisco Conservatory, representing the United States.
Congratulations Bokyung Byun!
Bokyung Byun of South Korea is the first woman to win the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto competition. Byun also won the Musicians Choice award as voted by the BPO.
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