KBAQ Production Studio

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Central Sound at Arizona PBS, formerly the KBAQ Production Studio, 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 Arizona PBS and beyond.

Central Sound at Arizona PBS productions can be heard on 89.5 KBAQ-FM as well as on Arizona PBS’ digital channel 8.4 and streaming at kbaq.org. Coming this fall, look for our newly designed website featuring streaming media content.


Southwest Season Ticket
Broadcast on KBAQ-FM every Tuesday at 7pm - listen to Southwest Season Ticket, a program that features professional caliber performances from the state of Arizona. Highlighting performances from music festivals, performing arts organizations and venues, enjoy the music from the likes of the Grand Canyon Music Festival, Arizona MusicFest, Arizona Bach Festival and more.

November 3
Chamber works performed by Walther-Korevaar and Trio Combray as part of the Hayden’s Ferry Chamber Music Series.
            Brahms - Viola Sonata in F Minor, Op. 120, No. 1
            Copland - Long Time Ago
            Copland - Zion's Walls
            Ravel - Trio in A Minor


November 10
An evening highlighted by baritone Michael Meraw performing American Civil War and WWI tunes as well as a special interview with the vocalist.
            Root - The Battle Cry of Freedom
            Fauré - Trio in D Minor, Op. 120
            Brahms - Piano Quartet in C Minor, No. 3, Op. 60 - III. Andante
            Bach - Trio Sonata in D Minor, BWV 527 - I. Andante
            Schumann - Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 47 - III. Andante cantabile
            Work - Marching Through Georgia
            Kittredge - Tenting On the Old Campground
            Ives - In Flanders Fields
            Ives - He Is There!

November 17
From the Pinnacle Concert Series, enjoy works for keyboard and vocal performance, featuring organists James David Christie and Isabelle Demers, plus NAU’s Shrine of the Ages Choir.
            Rimsky-Korsakov - Flight of the Bumblebee
            Piroye - La Béatitude
            Schubert - Ständchen from Schwanengesang. D. 957
            Schubert - Die Götter Greichenlands, D. 677
            Schubert - Du bist die Ruh, D. 776
            Chopin - Nocturne in E-flat Major, Op. 9, No. 2
            Chopin - Fantaisie-Impromptu in C-sharp Minor, Op. 66
            Pfautsch - "Consecrate the Place and Day" from Triptych
            Lauridsen - "Soneto" from Nocturnes
            Reger - Introduction and Passacaglia in F Minor, Op. 63, Nos. 5-6

November 24
Welcome West Valley Symphony conductor Cal Kellogg into your week with a special interview, as well as performances by the West Valley Symphony and St. Olaf Orchestra and Band.
            Holst - Moorside March
            Mahr - by blue lake, listening, dreaming
            Elgar - "As Torrents in Summer" from Scenes from the Saga of King Olaf
            Ravel - Bolero
            Amundson - Handprints
            Hesketh - Masque


ASU in Concert
Enjoy the talent of the Arizona State University School of Music,every Thursday at 7pm, as ASU in Concert highlights the best performances from student ensembles, faculty, and guest artists.

November 5
Go for Baroque and enjoy ASU Faculty members Kimberly Marshall, Martin Schuring, Elizabeth Buck, and more perform works by some of the period’s brightest stars.
            Bach - Sonata in G Minor, BWV 1020
            Zelenka - Sonata No. 3 in B-flat Major
            Bach - Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I - Prelude No. 22 in B-flat Minor, BWV 867
            Bach - Fugue in G Minor, BWV 542, "Great Fugue"
            Boismortier - Suite in E Minor for Two Traversos
            Telemann - Trio Sonata in E-flat Major for oboe, harpsichord, and continuo, TWV 42: Es3

November 12
Kayoko Dan conducts the ASU Symphony Orchestra through an evening of Romantic greats.
            Fauré - Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 80
            Brahms - Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73

November 19
Faculty pianists Russell Ryan and Andrew Campbell team up for Debussy’s Petite Suite. Also performances by the St. Lawrence String Quartet and the ASU Woodwind Faculty.
            Debussy - Petite Suite
            Martinú - String Quartet No. 5 - I. Allegro ma non troppo
            Verdi - String Quartet in E Minor, Op. 68
            Stravinsky - Suite for Woodwind Sextet (from Orchestra Suites No. 1 and No. 2)

November 26
The ASU School of Music presents performances by the ASU Symphony Orchestra and the ASU Wind Ensemble.
            Respighi - Pines of Rome
            Beethoven - Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b
            Erickson - Air for Band
            Mozart - String Quintet in E-flat Major, K. 614 - I. Allegro di molto


The Phoenix Symphony
The Phoenix SymphonyCentral Sound at Arizona PBS has proudly partnered with The Phoenix Symphony to produce broadcasts of this world-class orchestra. For more information about upcoming events and broadcasts of The Phoenix Symphony, please visit phoenixsymphony.org or this website for future broadcast information.

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.

The 2015-2016 season broadcasts will begin in March 2016.

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Upcoming Recordings


Central Sound at Arizona PBS is planning to record the following concerts for possible broadcast:

November 1
MusicaNova Orchestra
Bobae Johnson, violin
4:00 p.m., Central United Methodist Church

November 3
ASU Desert Bones Trombone Choir
7:30 p.m., Katzin Concert Hall

November 5
ASU Contemporary Series
7:30 p.m., Katzin Concert Hall

November 6
ASU Contemporary Series
7:30 p.m., Katzin Concert Hall

November 8
ASU Sonoran Chamber Series
Carmit Zori, violin
Gil Kalish, piano
Thomas Landschoot, cello
2:00 p.m., Katzin Concert Hall

November 13
ASU Guitar Series: Thomas Viloteau
7:30 p.m., Katzin Concert Hall

November 13
Arizona Opera - Florencia en el Amazonas
7:30 p.m., Symphony Hall

November 14
Arizona Opera - Florencia en el Amazonas
3:00 p.m., Symphony Hall

November 15
Arizona Opera - Florencia en el Amazonas
7:30 p.m., Symphony Hall

November 18
ASU Symphony Orchestra
Karina Cenellakis, conductor
7:30 p.m., Gammage Auditorium

November 20
Phoenix Symphony
Jinjoo Cho, violin
11:00 a.m., Symphony Hall

November 20
Phoenix Symphony
Jinjoo Cho, violin
7:30 p.m., Symphony Hall

November 21
Phoenix Symphony
Jinjoo Cho, violin
7:30 p.m., Symphony Hall

November 22
True Concord - “Baroque Feast for the Eyes and Ears”
3:00 p.m., Grace St. Paul’s (Tucson)

November 22
True Concord - “Baroque Feast for the Eyes and Ears”
7:30 p.m., Grace St. Paul’s (Tucson)

November 22
Hayden’s Ferry Chamber Music Series
Nathaniel Rosen, cello
HJerome Lowenthal, piano
Ursula Oppens, piano
2:30 p.m., Tempe Center for the Arts

Contact Us


Central Sound at Arizona PBS 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 Arizona PBS.


Phone: 602-496-1164

Fax: 602-496-6050

Central Sound at 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 Barron, Producer

Jeanne Barron’s love for music developed at a very young age. She began playing the acoustic guitar at age 8. 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, she was a member of the Sun Devil Marching Band as well as a sound designer for the Department of Theatre. After graduating, Jeanne continued her association with ASU including a position as 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. The recipient of two AriZoni awards for theatrical sound design, she was a theatre technician for both Gammage Auditorium and Rhino Staging. She continued her career in broadcasting as program director of Talk One Network, undertaking the production of nationally syndicated talk radio shows. In 2005, Jeanne returned to Arizona PBS in the Broadcast Operations department and has since joined Central Sound as the Producer of Audio Programming.


Eric Xu, Engineer

Eric Xu started out playing violin and recording his high school orchestras and jazz bands in his spare time. As a graduate of New York University with a B.M. in Music Technology, he apprenticed for tonmeister Leszek Wojcik at the Carnegie Hall Recording Studio as well as Radio City Music Hall. Afterwards, Leszek took him on as an engineer and he honed his skills working with Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Opera, American Symphony, and many others. At the same time, he spent summers as a recording engineer at the Aspen Music Festival.

Eric later became audio and systems engineer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Concerts & Lectures department, leading the audio crew in countless productions for some of the nation’s leading talents—including John Leventhal and Rosanne Cash, John Zorn, and Steve Reich. He now resides warmly in Phoenix, attending to his recording duties throughout the valley and the state.

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