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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 produced broadcasts of this world-class orchestra. This allows Phoenix Symphony concerts to be accessible to the entire Valley starting March 18.

Central Sound at EIGHT began recording The Phoenix Symphony’s Classics Series concerts in September 2013 and will continue to record through May 2014. These performances will be broadcast on 89.5 FM K-BACH – classical.arts.community, and simulcast on KAET’s “Eight Classical” digital channel 8.4.

The broadcast series premieres Tuesday, March 18 and continues every Tuesday on K-BACH at 7 pm into the month of June. The broadcasts of The Phoenix Symphony are accompanied by a companion series broadcast on Sundays at 2 pm, featuring interviews with guest artists, conductors, other concert selections and information pertaining to the Symphony.

The recording and production process is made possible in part by equipment provided by Sennheiser and DTS, Incorporated. Most of the broadcasts will be 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.

Michael Dixon hosts The Phoenix Symphony with selections from this year’s Phoenix Symphony season along with artist and conductor interviews.

Tuesday, April 1st at 7pm
Conductor Gregory Vajda leads the Phoenix Symphony in works by Bartok and Sibelius.

                Bartók – Hungarian Sketches
                Sibelius – Finlandia
                Sibelius – Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47

Sunday, April 6th at 2pm
The Phoenix Symphony and conductor Gregory Vajda perform Kodaly.

           Kodály – Variations on a Hungarian Folk Song, “The Peacock”

Tuesday, April 8th at 7pm
Concertmaster Steven Moeckel joins conductor Tito Muñoz and the Phoenix Symphony for Shostakovich’s violin concerto.

           Stravinksy – Concerto in E-flat, “Dumbarton Oaks”
           Shostakovich – Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 77

Sunday, April 13th at 2pm
An interview with conductor JoAnn Falletta and Yolanda Kondonassis, harp.

           Excerpt from Ginastera Harp Concerto

Tuesday, April 15th at 7pm
Yolanda Kondonassis makes a guest appearance with the Symphony for Ginastera’s Harp Concerto. Plus JoAnn Falletta conducts Beethoven’s Fifth.

           Ginastera - Concerto for Harp and Orchestra, Op. 25
           Beethoven - Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67

Sunday, April 20th at 2pm
Interview with Music Director Laureate Michael Christie .

           Dvorak – Scherzo capriccioso, Op. 66

Tuesday, April 22nd at 7pm
From his farewell concert last spring, Michael Christie conducts works by Mozart and Lutoslawski.

           Mozart – Symphony No. 38 in D Major, K. 504
           Lutoslawski – Concerto for Orchestra

Sunday, April 27th at 2pm
James Paul, conductor and violinist Karen Gomyo are interviewed .

           Excerpt from Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto

Tuesday, April 29th at 7pm
Karen Gomyo performs the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E Minor with the Phoenix Symphony, under the baton of James Paul. And Music Director Tito Munoz conducts the orchestra in a work by Schumann.

           Mendelssohn – Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64
           Schumann – Symphony No. 1 in B-flat Major, Op. 38, “Spring”

ASU in Concert - Thursdays at 8 PM
ASU in Concert brings the talent of the Arizona State University School of Music student ensembles and faculty artists to 89.5 KBAQ.

April 3rd
An evening of Romantic era selections with performances by pianist Caio Pagano, guitarist Johannes Moller, as well as oboist Martin Schuring and pianist Andrew Campbell.
                Chopin – Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 39
                Craeyvanger – Introduction and Variations on a theme from the opera “Der Freischutz”
                Dallier – Fantaisie Caprice
                Bernard – Divertissement, Op. 36
                              I. Evocacion
                              II. El Puerto
                              III. El Corpus en Sevilla
                              IV. Eritana
                Weber – Sonata No. 1 in C Major, J. 138: IV. Rondo, Perpetuum mobile


April 10th
Enjoy pieces performed by faculty artists Jonathan Swartz, Walter Cosand, and Wendy Chen. Plus the St. Lawrence String Quartet performs Haydn.

                Franck – Sonata in A Major for violin and piano
                              I. Allegretto ben moderato
                              II. Allegro
                              III. Recitative – Fantasia: Ben moderato
                              IV. Allegretto  poco mosso
                Mozart – Sonata in B-flat Major, K. 281
                              I. Allegro
                              II. Andante amoroso
                              III. Rondo: Allegro
                Haydn – String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 20, No. 1
                              I. Allegro moderato
                              II. Minuet: Un poco allegretto
                              III. Affetuosso e sostenuto
                              IV. Finale: Presto

April 17th

A night of modern music including performances by the ASU Faculty and Student Chamber Players, violinist Jonathan Swartz and pianist Wendy Chen, plus the St. Lawrence String Quartet.

                Morricone – Love Theme from Cinema Paradiso
                Korngold – String Quartet in D Major, Op. 34, No. 3
                              I. Allegro moderato
                              II. Scherzo: Allegro molto
                              III. Sostenuto
                              IV. Finale: Allegro – Allegro
                Schoenberg – Phantasy for Violin with Piano Accompaniment, Op. 47
                Hahn – Le bal de Beatrice d’ Este
                              I. Entrée pour Ludovic le More
                              II. Lesquercade
                              III. Romanesque
                              IV. Iberienne
                              V. Leda et L’oiseau
                              VI. Courante
                              VII. Salut Final au Duc de Milan

April 24th

Promoting the ASU Contemporary Music Festival at the end of the month, join faculty artists for performances of works by contemporary composers. The ASU Contemporary Percussion Ensemble and conductor Simone Mancuso will perform works from Cage and Hovhaness. Lastly, hear guitarist Scott Tennant perform works of Leo Brouwer.

                Maroney – Chamaeleon II for clarinet and alto saxophone
                              I. Forceful, exaggerated, and strictly rhythmic
                              II. Schwungvoll
                              III. Lamentoso
                              IV. Allegro
                Cage – Dance Music for Elfrid Ide for percussion sextet – Movement 2 for four percussionists
                Brouwer – Pieza sin titulo
                Brouwer – Danza del Altiplano
                Brouwer – Danza caracteristica
                Martin – Pulse Break for Two Clarinets and Percussion
                Hovhaness – October Mountain for percussion sextet
                              I. Movement 1
                              II. Movement 2
                              III. Movement 3
                              IV. Movement 4
                Lussier – Bacchanale

Southwest Season Ticket - Tuesdays at 8 PM
Southwest Season Ticket every Tuesday at 8pm, features performances from world renowned artists, recorded by Central Sound at venues across Arizona. This month focuses on Pinnacle Concert Series, from Pinnacle Presbyterian Church in Scottsdale. The final program of the month showcases the Downtown Chamber Music Series.

April 1st
Enjoy an evening of modern music, including performances by Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and the Takacs Quartet.

               Bartok – String Quartet No. 6, BB 119
                              I. Mesto – Vivace
                              II. Mesto - Marcia
                              III. Mesto – Burletta
                              IV. Mesto
               De Falla – Suite Populaire Espagnole – I. El pano moruno
               Debussy – String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10
                              I. Anime et tres decide
                              II. Assez vif et bien rythme
                              III. Andantino, doucement expressif
                              IV. Tres modere – En animant peu a peu – Tres mouvemente et avec passion

April 8th
The Manhattan Piano Trio, from a concert recorded at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church in Scottsdale.
              Dvorak- Piano Trio No. 4 in E Minor, “Dumky”
                              I. Lento Maestoso
                              II. Poco Adagio
                              III. Andante
                              IV. Andante Moderato
                              V. Allegro
                              VI. Lento Maestoso
              Smetana – From “My Homeland”
              Martinu – Variations on a Theme by Rossini
              Haydn - Piano Trio in E-flat Major, Hob. XV: 30 – I. Allegro moderato

April 15th
The internationally recognized St. Olaf Orchestra, conducted by Steven Admundson, with trumpeter Tim McCarthy.

                Bloch – Proclamation
                R. Strauss – Don Juan, Op. 20
                Debussy – Prelude a l’apres midi d’un faune
                Gershwin – An American in Paris


April 22nd
The exceptional artistry of Britain’s Vida Guitar Quartet, presented by the Pinnacle Concert Series.

                Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue
                Gorb – Yiddish Dances
                              I. Khosidl
                              II. Terkische
                              III. Doina
                              IV. Hora
                              V. Freylachs
                Britten – Simple Symphony
                              I. Boisterous Bourree
                              II. Playful Pizzicato
                              III. Sentimental Saraband
                              IV. Frolicsome Finale
                Bizet – Carmen Suite
                              I. Aragonaise
                              II. Habanera
                              III. Seguedilla
                              IV. Toreadors
                              V. Entr’acte
                              VI. Gypsy Dance

April 29th
An exciting Downtown Chamber Music Series program featuring clarinetist Alex Laing, violist Christopher McKay, and pianist Larry Loeber. Also, an interview with Downtown Chamber Music Series Founder Mark Dix.

                Mozart – Trio for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano E-flat Major, K. 498, “Kegelstatt”
                              I. Andante
                              II. Menuetto
                              III. Rondeaux
                Grainger – Arrival Platform Humlet
                Enescu – Cocertpiece
                Brahms – Sonata No. 2 in E-flat Major, Op. 120
                              I. Allegro amabile
                              II. Allegro appassionato
                              III. Andante con moto



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 - January 2014


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

4/4/2014: Pavel Haas Quartet: Paval Haas, Dvorak, Beethoven
                 Location: Camelback Bible Church
                 Concert time: 8pm

4/6/2014: Stephen Hough: Strauss, Wagner, Brahms, Chopin
Location: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Concert time: 7:30pm

4/6/2014: Philips, Swartz, Landscoot, Chen: Sonoran Chamber Music
Location: Tempe Center for the Arts
Concert time: 2:30pm

4/14/2014: ASU Concerts at the Center: Piano Extravaganza!
Location: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Concert time: 7:30pm

4/17/2014: ASU Wind Orchestra: Carnival V, Concertos
Location: Gammage
Concert time: 7:30pm

4/18/2014: Phoenix Symphony : Classics 9
Location: Symphony Hall
Concert time: 7:30pm

4/18/2014: Phoenix Symphony: Coffee 7
Location: Symphony Hall
Concert time: 11am

4/19/2014: Phoenix Symphony: Classics 9
Location: Symphony Hall
Concert time: 7:30pm

4/25/2014: ASU Choirs: A Concert of Psalms
Location: Gammage
Concert time: 7:30pm  

4/25/2014: Phoenix Symphony: Classics 10
Location: Symphony Hall
Concert time: 7:30pm

4/26/2014: Phoenix Symphony: Classics 10
Location: Symphony Hall
Concert time: 7:30pm

4/28/2014: Andrew Campbell, Russell Ryan: Saint Saens Carnival of the Animals
Location: Scottsdale Center for the Arts
Concert time: 7:30pm

4/30/2014: Contemporary Music Festival Concert 1
Location: Katzin Hall
Concert time: 7:30pm

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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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