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CENTRAL SOUND at EIGHT, formerly the KBAQ Production Studio, a part of KAET / Arizona PBS, is dedicated to capturing classical and acoustic music performances of the highest professional caliber, taking special care to preserve the authenticity of the experience. As a premier provider of audio services, CENTRAL SOUND is committed to serving as a central hub for notable musical events in the community, bringing concerts of internationally acclaimed artists, performances by leading ASU faculty and the next generation of young musicians to thousands of listeners. Striving for that quintessential sound, we produce numerous programs for broadcast on the airwaves of KBAQ-FM, as well as exceptional television audio, featured on Eight-Arizona PBS and beyond.


The Phoenix Symphony
The Phoenix SymphonyCentral Sound at EIGHT has proudly partnered with The Phoenix Symphony to produce broadcasts of this world-class orchestra. The 2014-2015 broadcast season will begin Monday, March 9, 2015 at 7 p.m.

Phoenix Symphony broadcasts are made possible in part by equipment provided by Sennheiser and DTS, Incorporated. Broadcasts are presented in DTS Neural Surround™. This technology enables the broadcast team to deliver the performances in immersive surround sound, bringing the experience of sitting in the front row of the Symphony Hall directly to listeners, from the comfort of their living room or automobile.

March 9

Enjoy a broadcast of Tito Muñoz’s debut as maestro of The Phoenix Symphony.

Stravinsky - Suite from the Firebird
Orff - Carmina Burana

March 16

Tito Muñoz conducts an evening of American orchestral works, featuring breakthrough Australian saxophonist Amy Dickson.

Gould - Spirituals
Williams - "Escapades" from Catch Me If You Can
Higdon - Soprano Sax Concerto
Copland - Suite from Appalachian Spring

March 23

An evening of energy and emotion, featuring a performance by and an interview with Concertmaster Steven Moeckel.

Rossini - Overture to L'Italiana in Algeri
Mozart - Concerto No. 5 in A Major for Violin and Orchestra, K. 219, "Turkish"
Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74, "Pathetique"

March 30

Enjoy a performance by The Phoenix Symphony featuring guest conductor Michael Christie as well as a performance by William Wolfram, piano.

Beethoven - Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21
Brahms - Concerto No. 1 in D Minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 15

Southwest Season Ticket
Hear performances of internationally acclaimed musicians, recorded at venues across Arizona, every Tuesday at 8pm. This month features past performances from the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

Arizona Musicfest

March 3

Enjoy chamber works for piano, featuring performances by the Zukerman Chamber Players, the Close Encounters with Music Series, as well as an interview with Neale Perl, CEO of the Scottsdale Cultural Council.

Beethoven - Piano Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 11
Shostakovich - Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57

March 10

An evening of classical and romantic works for piano, featuring performances by oBrian Wallick, Renana Gutman, and Yehuda Hanani from the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

Haydn - Sonata in C Major, Hob. XVI:50 - I. Allegro
Brahms - Piano Quartet in A Major, Op. 26
Schubert - Erlkönig

March 17

A special evening featuring performances by internationally acclaimed pianist Joyce Yang, as well as an exclusive interview.

Ginastera - Danzas Argentinas, Op. 2
Rachmaninoff - Dreams, Op. 38, No. 5
Rachmaninoff - The Little Island, Op. 14, No. 2
Rachmaninoff - Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14
Debussy - Estampes
Rachmaninoff - Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor, Op. 36

March 24

Experience beautiful Romantic chamber works performed by the Zukerman Chamber Players, and more from the Close Encounters with Music Series featuring Erin Keefe, violin, Yehuda Hanani, cello, and Jeffrey Swann, piano.

Schubert - An Die Musik, Op. 88, No. 44, D. 547
Schubert - Gretchen am Spinnrade, Op. 2, D. 118
Schubert - Der Lindenbaum (from Der Winterreise), Op. 89, No.5, D. 911
Schubert - Wohin (from Die Shöne Müllerin), Op. 25, No. 2, D. 795
Schubert - Ständchen (from Schwanengesang), D. 957
Brahms - Piano Quartet in C Minor, Op. 60, "Werther”

March 31

Performances from pianist Conrad Tao, plus Yehuda Hanani is joined by Jeffrey Swann and Erin Keefe for a piano trio.

Schubert - Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 99, D. 898
Other selections to be announced.

ASU in Concert - Thursdays at 7 PM
Enjoy the talent of the Arizona State University School of Music, featuring student ensembles, faculty, and guest artists, every Thursday at 8pm.

March 5

Enjoy an evening of works by Beethoven, featuring performances by the Juilliard String Quartet, Shanghai Quartet, and Caio Pagano, piano, presented by the ASU School of Music.

Beethoven - String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat Major, Op. 130 - II. Presto
Beethoven - Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53, "Waldstein" - I. Allegro con brio
Beethoven - String Quartet No. 15 in A Minor, Op. 132

March 12

From Bach to Scarlatti - works and selections by baroque composers highlight this evening’s broadcast, featuring performances by early music groups Zweikampf and Les Sirenes. Plus pianist Elizabeth Sun and guitarist Vladimir Gorbach.

Bach - Concerto for Two Harpsichords in C Major, BWV 1061
Handel - "Per te lasciai la luce" from Da quel giorno fatale
Handel - "Bella gloria in campo armato" from Solitudini care, amata liberta
D. Scarlatti - Sonata in F Minor, K. 487
D. Scarlatti - Sonata in B Minor, K. 27
Boccherini - Quintetto No. 4 in D Major - Fandango
Rameau - Pieces de Clavecin en Concerts No. 4

March 19

Wind down with some winds as this evening features performances by Albie Micklich, bassoon, Martin Schuring, oboe, and H2 Quartet, presented by the ASU School of Music.

Dutilleux - Sarabande et Cortege
Persichetti - Serenade No. 10 - I. Larghetto
Karaca - Secunda Pars
Head - Three Pieces
Sandstrom - Sang Till Lotta
Wohl - Microfluctuations in Plainchant
Mellits - Groove Machine

March 26

The ASU School of Music presents an evening of string soloists and ensembles, featuring Jonathan Swartz, violin and Shanghai Quartet.

Respighi - Sonata in B Minor
Penderecki - String Quartet No. 3, "Leaves from and Unwritten Diary"
Dompierre - Les Diableries

Central Sound at Eight productions can be heard on Eight’s digital 8.4 channel, streaming at kbaq.org, or on 89.5 KBAQ-FM.

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Upcoming Recordings - March 2014


CENTRAL SOUND AT EIGHT is planning to record the following concerts for possible broadcast:

March 1 Arizona Musicfest Festival Orchestra

3:00 PM, Pinnacle Presbyterian Church


March 3 ASU Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble

7:30 PM, ASU Gammage Auditorium


March 4 ASU Symphony Orchestra w/ Kayoko Dan, conductor

7:30 PM, ASU Gammage Auditorium


March 6 Phoenix Symphony w/ Carlos-Miguel Prieto, conductor, Christian Poltera, cello

11:00 AM, Phoenix Symphony Hall


March 6 Phoenix Symphony w/ Carlos-Miguel Prieto, conductor, Christian Poltera, cello

7:30 PM, Phoenix Symphony Hall


March 7 Phoenix Symphony w/ Carlos-Miguel Prieto, conductor, Christian Poltera, cello

7:30 PM, Phoenix Symphony Hall


March 8 Phoenix Chorale w/ Carlos Nakai, flute

3:00 PM, Christ Church of the Ascension


March 14 NAU Shrine of the Ages Choir

7:00 PM, Camelback Bible Church


March 17 ASU Guitar Series: Paul O’Dette, lute

7:30 PM, ASU Katzin Concert Hall


March 18 Caio Pagano, piano

7:30 PM, ASU Katzin Concert Hall


March 19 Caio Pagano, piano

7:30 PM, ASU Katzin Concert Hall


March 20 Caio Pagano, piano

7:30 PM, ASU Katzin Concert Hall


March 20 Phoenix Symphony w/ Louie Lortie, piano

11:00 AM, Phoenix Symphony Hall


March 20 Phoenix Symphony w/ Louie Lortie, piano

7:30 PM, Phoenix Symphony Hall


March 21 Phoenix Symphony w/ Louie Lortie, piano

7:30 PM, Phoenix Symphony Hall


March 21 West Valley Symphony

7:30 PM, Pinnacle Presbyterian Church


March 27 Phoenix Symphony POPS

7:30 PM, Phoenix Symphony Hall


March 28 Phoenix Symphony POPS

7:30 PM, Phoenix Symphony Hall


March 29 Phoenix Symphony POPS

2:00 PM, Phoenix Symphony Hall


March 29 Hayden’s Ferry Chamber Music Series presents

Geraldine Walther, viola & David Korevaar, piano 2:30 PM, Tempe Center for the Arts


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Contact Us


Central Sound at EIGHT continues to appreciate the generous support received from individuals and their companies or organizations through underwriting, planned giving and individual tax-deductible gifts in any amount. We bring classical music to the community through your contributions.

Please contact us to renew and continue your support, become one of our new friends, or with questions about Central Sound at EIGHT.


Phone: 602-496-1164

Fax: 602-496-6050

Central Sound at EIGHT
A Part of Eight, Arizona PBS
555 N Central Ave Suite 500
Phoenix AZ 85004

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Staff Bios

Alex Kosiorek – Manager

A published audio engineer, digital media producer and manager, Alex Kosiorek utilizes advanced production techniques to excel in project management.  His multi-faceted expertise ranges from codec implementation (including online streaming, surround sound, and live broadcasting), the direction of short and long form productions, system design, production of multimedia applications, assurance of copyright compliance, as well as a conservatory-trained musician.  Alex received degrees in music and audio recording from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University, in addition to continued graduate education in intellectual property and business from the University of Miami-Florida and Bowling Green State University to ensure compliance with legislation.

With many years of experience combined with a gaze toward the future, Alex remains at the forefront of the industry.  His ground-breaking accomplishments include production of one of the first high-quality Internet streams (which received world-wide recognition), significant contribution to the creation of the first US radio station to commence 5.1 surround sound programming, and leadership of the first design team to complete the THX PM3 Certified Studio in a music conservatory worldwide.

Recognized throughout the professional community, Alex previously contributed to trade publications and developed presentations for Radio Magazine, the Audio Engineering Society, National Association of Broadcasters, and Technology for Music Education.  Early highlights of Alex’s career include engineering for the former Radio Smithsonian and post producing the programs ‘Folkmasters’ and ‘Jazz Smithsonian.’  He began producing audio for broadcast for the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics.  Other notable achievements include serving as senior engineer for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, May Festival Chorus, New World Symphony, Cincinnati Opera and others.  His production repertoire includes several commercial recordings for ensembles such as aforementioned in addition to the Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra, Vocal Arts Ensemble and many individual artists/groups of various genres.  Formerly the Director of Recording Services for the Cleveland institute of Music and Senior Engineer of the Aspen Music Festival, Alex has produced thousands of hours of media content (including surround sound) for broadcast and online distribution.  In addition to these positions, Alex regularly contracts as a professional independent engineer and consultant, and consistently ensures the success of projects from inception to conclusion.


Jeanne J Barron Producer

Jeanne Barron is a native Arizonan, born and raised in Mesa. Jeanne's love for music developed at a very young age. She began playing the acoustic guitar at age 8, then incorporated percussion into her repertoire during her junior high and high school years. Her penchant for the engineering side of music developed through exposure to technical theatre as a member of her high school stage crew and participation in community theatre productions; it was a passion that would stay with her throughout her college years. While attending Arizona State University to receive both a B.A. in Music and a B.A. in Theatre, Jeanne was also a member of the Sun Devil Marching Band as well as a stagehand for the Department of Theatre technical crew. After graduating in 1996, Jeanne continued her association with ASU through various audio and theatre related jobs, including a position as sound tech for the KBAQ Production Studio. She worked as the audio engineer for the ASU Technology Based Learning and Research department, where she was responsible for the recording of location video shoots and audio post production editing. She also worked as a theatre technician for productions at Gammage Auditorium. Jeanne was the program director of Talk One Network, undertaking the production of nationally syndicated talk radio shows. Interspersed between her work commitments, Jeanne also has experience as a professional percussionist, freelance audio engineer for video productions, and stagehand for Rhino Staging, proving her versatility and love for her craft. The distinguished recipient of two AriZoni awards for theatrical sound design, Jeanne initially returned to Eight in the Operations department and has since joined the KBAQ Production Studio full time as a Senior Broadcast Engineer.

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