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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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The BPO on WNED Classical Returns This 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. Hosted by Peter Hall, with commentary from JoAnn Falletta.

WNED BPO Summer Concert Broadcast Schedule 2024


July 16 | Rachmaninoff @ 150

Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2

 

July 23 | Music of the Night

Ravel: Rhapsodie Espagnol 

Nina Shekhar: Lumina

Brahms: Serenade No. 2

 

July 30 | The Sounds of Spain

Debussy: Iberia

Strauss, R:  Don Quixote 

 

August 6 | The Eclipse

C. Theofanidis: The Universe in Ecstatic Motion
         Marina Piccinini, flute

Holst: The Planets

 

August 13 | Stars of the BPO

Michael Abels: Delights and Dances

Sibelius: Violin Concerto
         Nikki Chooi, violin

Svane, Randall: Concerto for Oboe

 

August 20 | Ode to Joy

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
         Jaclyn Grossman, soprano
         Hannah Shea, alto
         John Tiranno, tenor
         Lester Lynch, bass
         Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus
         Fredonia Chorus

 

August 27 | Virtuoso Showcase

Ravel: Alborada del grazioso 

Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1
         Timothy Chooi, violin

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 
         Natasha Parenski, piano

 

September 3 | Mahler's Resurrection Symphony

Mahler: Symphony No. 2
         Susan Platts, mezzo-soprano
         Llana Davidson, soprano
         Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus

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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.

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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.

Requests

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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Buffalo Toronto Public MediaMusic for Ten Strings | WNED Classical Live on Stage

Violinist Angel Rhodes and guitarist Tom Torrisi perform an eclectic music program for violin and classical guitar. They present their own arrangements of beloved works by J. S. Bach, Vivaldi, Beethoven, and Grieg alongside imaginative original compositions and a world premiere. 

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Violin Concerto in A minor RV 356
Antonio Vivaldi 
Allegro, Largo, Presto 

Adagio cantabile from Piano Sonata Op. 8, No. 13 
Ludwig van Beethoven 

Goldberg Variations (selections) 
J. S. Bach 

Creek Walk
Tom Torrisi 

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March of the Trolls 
Edvard Grieg 

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Rhythms of West Africa | Hear Us Out

In Rhythms of West Africa, the Buffalo State University West African Drumming Ensemble (WADE), along with Buffalo's own Diaspora Drumming, presents a lively concert of traditional music of West Africa played on authentic djembes and dunduns. Audience members will feel the beat, as rhythms layer together in a lively dance! Experience mesmerizing polyrhythm, a focus on community, and improvisation - the fundamentals of African drumming. The performance culminates with an opportunity for audience members to try their hand at a bit of drumming! 

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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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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:

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  • 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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