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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra was forced to suspend upcoming 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 website, the mobile app, or by smart speaker, each Tuesday at 7pm for the next several weeks.

While the Buffalo Philharmonic's concerts at Kleinhans are on hold, we're happy to be able to bring you performances from earlier this season on WNED Classical as a way to help keep the music alive in Western New York and Southern Ontario.

“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.”

WNED Classical is pleased to team up with the Buffalo Philharmonic to present concerts from the BPO’s archives. JoAnn Falletta and the BPO musicians have chosen some great concerts for us to enjoy Here are the highlights:

July 21st: Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto #2

JoAnn Falletta, conductor | Konrad Skolarski, piano

Mozart Overture to the Impressario | Mozart Symphony #40 | Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto #2

July 28th: Bruckner Symphony No. 4

Wagner Ride of the Valkyries | Wagner Siegfried's Rhine Journey | Bruckner Symphony #4

August 4: Beethoven Violin Concerto

JoAnn Falletta, conductor | Tianwa Yang, violin

Brahms Hungarian DanceNo. 1 |Schmidt Intermezzo from Notre Dame | Weiner Hungarian Folkdance Suite | Beethoven Violin Concerto

Originally performed and recorded in November 2017 and September 2016

August 11: Vaughan-Williams 'London' Symphony

JoAnn Falletta, conductor | Drew Cone, cello

Haydn Cello Concerto No. 1 | Vaughan-Williams Symphony No. 2 (London)

Originally performed and recorded in January 2020 and November 2016

August 18: Mahler's Fifth

Mahler Symphony No. 5

Originally performed and recorded on May 7, 2016

August 25: Gliere Symphony No. 3

Gliere Symphony No. 3 (Ilya Muromets)

Originally performed and recorded in May 8, 2013

Join us for the Buffalo Philharmonic Concert Tuesday night at 7 on WNED Classical!

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.

Click the videos below for highlights on this week’s broadcast.

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

Musically Speaking: Wagner & Bruckner

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The BPO has been providing musical experiences for the entire WNY community since 1935. The orchestra has served over 1 million students, reaches 200,000 concertgoers annually, and is heard by millions nationally and internationally each day thanks to our broadcasts and prolific recordings. The BPO is truly ingrained in the WNY arts community, and our 73 musicians from all over the world are honored to call Buffalo home. Together, we will weather this storm and help keep all our cultural institutions strong.

Sacred Classics

Sacred Classics

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

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JoAnn's Classical Corner

JoAnn's Classical Corner

Weekdays at 8:30am
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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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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Support talented young guitarists and the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition.

Semi-Finals | POSTPONED

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.

Semi-Finals | POSTPONED

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.

Finals | POSTPONED

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.

2018 Semi-finalists

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.

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.

2018 Semi-finals Day One | Watch Online Now

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.

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