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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 2013-2014 broadcast season has concluded - check 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.

Southwest Season Ticket
Hear performances of internationally acclaimed musicians, recorded at venues across Arizona, every Tuesday at 8pm.

July 1
Chamber music from the Red Rocks Music Festival, the Sonoran Chamber Series, the Manhattan Piano Trio, and clarinetist Richard Stoltzman

           Smetana - From My Homeland
           Debussy - Estampes
           Ives - Piano Sonata No. 2, "Concord" - III. The Alcotts
           Bernstein - Sonata for clarinet and piano
           Chopin - Sonata in G Minor for cello and piano, Op. 65
           Rachmaninoff - Trio Elegiaque No. 1 for piano trio

July 8
Listen to selections from concerts presented by the Phoenix Chamber Music Society, including the Takacs Quartet, the Musicians from Marlboro, plus the duo of Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Anne-Marie McDermott.

           Bartok - String Quartet No. 6, BB 119
           Falla - Suite Populaire Espagnole - I. El pano moruno
           Debussy - String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10

July 15
An all Arizona Bach Festival program with selections from the festival orchestra plus a violin concerto performed by Emily Dupere.

           Bach - Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C Major, BWV 1066
           Bach - Sonata in E Major, BWV 1016
           Bach - Violin Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1041

July 22
Featuring selections from Arizona Muiscfest including Christopher Koncz performing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D Major.

           Puts - Inspiring Beethoven
           Beethoven - Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61 - I. Allegro ma non troppo

July 29
Music with a modern flair from the Downtown Chamber Series, Close Encounters with Music, Imani Winds, and the duo of Menahem Pressler and Richard Stolztman.

           Gershwin - Three Preludes for clarinet and piano
           Piazzolla - Cuatro estaciones portenas (Four Seasons of Buenos Aires)
           Traditional - Klezmer Dances
           Schoenfield - Cafe Music

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

July 3
The St. Lawrence String Quartet performs selections by Haydn and Verdi.

           Haydn - String Quartet in C Major, Op. 76, No. 3, "Emperor"
           Faure - Apres un reve, Op. 7, No. 1
           Verdi - String Quartet in E Minor, Op. 68

July 10
Performances by ASU Faculty, the ASU Contemporary Percussion Ensemble, and the Mihai-Arakawa Duo

           Kocour - Oncoming Traffic
           Piazzolla - Contrabajeando
           Debussy - Sonata No. 3 in G minor for violin and piano, L. 140
           Stockhausen - Tierkreis version for marimba quartet

July 17
Works by Romantic composers performed by Irina Kulikova, guitar, mezzo-soprano Angela Brower, and pianists Caio Pagano and Menahem Pressler.

           Mertz - Fantasie Hongroise, Op. 65, No. 1
           Tchaikovsky - Autumn Song
           Tarrega - Recuerdos de la Alhambra
           Chopin - Nocturne No. 20 in C# Minor, Op. posthumous
           Wagner - Funf Gedichte von Mathilde Wesendonck, WWV 91
           Beethoven - Sonata, Op. 31, No. 2, "Tempest"

July 24
Performances by violinist Jonathan Swartz with Wendy Chen, pianist Walter Cosand, and the St. Lawrence String Quartet.

           Franck - Sonata in A Major for violin and piano
           Mozart - Sonata in Bb Major, K. 281
           Haydn - String Quartet in Eb Major, Op. 20, No. 1

July 31
ASU Students ensembles are featured with performances from the ASU Symphony Orchestra and ASU Choral Union.

           Walton - Crown Imperial: Coronation March
           Mozart - Mass in C Major, K. 317, "Coronation"
           Bach - "Chorale and Fugue" from "Jesu, meine Freude"
           Beethoven - Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92
           Sibelius - Finlandia, Op. 26, No. 7


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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Licensed by: Rio Salado College & Arizona State University




Upcoming Recordings - January 2014


CENTRAL SOUND AT EIGHT will be recording the following concerts around the valley

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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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