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Central Sound at Arizona PBS is the audio-media production division of Arizona PBS, located in the new digital media center in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at and Arizona State University’s downtown Phoenix campus. Our productions can be heard on 89.5 KBAQ-FM, on DTV Channel 8.4 “Classical Arizona PBS,” as well as via the “Classical Arizona PBS” mobile app , available on iOS and Android.


The Phoenix Symphony
The Phoenix Symphony Central Sound at Arizona PBS has proudly partnered with The Phoenix Symphony to produce broadcasts of this world-class orchestra, including segments featuring symphony musicians. For more information about upcoming events and broadcasts please visit the symphony’s website or this page for future broadcast information.

Phoenix Symphony broadcasts are made possible in part by equipment provided by 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 best seat of the Symphony Hall directly to listeners.

The Phoenix Symphony’s 2015-2016 season has concluded. Broadcasts will resume next spring. Download the “Classical Arizona PBS” mobile app for updates on broadcast and performance schedules.

To enjoy interviews with Phoenix Symphony musicians, click here.

Arizona Encore!
Showcasing Arizona’s Premier Performances
Broadcast every Tuesday at 7pm, Arizona Encore features professional caliber performances from throughout the state.

July 5

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

I. Allegro, ma non troppo
II. Andantino
III. Allegro vivo

Brahms - Piano Quartet in C Minor, No. 3, Op. 60

III. 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!

July 12

The American Quartet is joined by flutist Jennifer Grim for Mozart, and Peter Serkis teams up with the Orion String Quartet for Schumann.

Mozart - Flute Quartet in C Major, K. 285b

I. Allegro
II. Adantino
III. Theme and Variations

Brahms - Trio for Piano, Violin, and Cello in B Major, Op. 8

II. Scherzo - Allegro Molto

Schumann - Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44

I. Allegro brillante
II. In Modo d'una marcia: Un poco largamente
III. Scherzo: Molto vivace
IV. Allegro ma non troppo

July 19

Enjoy performances from Camelback Bible Church, including the Wayward Sisters, the Takacs Quartet, plus local musicians Ben Whitehouse, violin and Guy Whatley, harpsichord.

Bach - Trio Sonata in D Minor, BWV 527

I. Andante
II. Adagio e dolce
III. Vivace

Mozart - String Quartet No. 16 in E-flat Major, K. 428

I. Allegro non troppo
II. Andante con moto
III. Menuetto: Allegro
IV. Allegro vivace

Bach - Sonata No. 4 in C Minor, BWV 1017

I. Largo
II. Allegro
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro

July 26

An all choral program with selections from Cantus, True Concord, The Phoenix Chorale, and NAU’s Shrine of the Ages Choir.

Shearing - Songs and Sonnets from Shakespeare

III. It was a lover and his lass

Mendelssohn - Jauchzet dem Herrn, alle Welt
Clausen - Set Me as a Seal
Whitacre - Lux Arumque
McFerrin - Psalm 23
Barnwell - Tango with God
Cloud - Mesa Songs

II. There is a Color

Lauridsen - "Soneto" from Nocturnes
Bach, J.M. - Halt, was du hast
Biebl - Ave Maria

ASU In Concert
ASU in Concert returns with all new programs this fall. Download the “Classical Arizona PBS” mobile app to enjoy previously aired broadcasts of performances by ASU students, faculty, and guest artists.

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Upcoming Recordings


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

July 31
St. Andrew’s Bach Society: Guy Whatley, organ
2:00 PM, Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church



Central Sound at 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 an award-winning premier provider of audio-media 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 local and national broadcast, including the airwaves of KBAQ-FM, Classical Arizona PBS, as well as exceptional television audio, featured on Arizona PBS and beyond.

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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