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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.

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


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.

May 4
Music Director Emeritus Michael Christie conducts with The Phoenix Symphony’s own flutist Viviana Cumplido Wilson as soloist.
            Grieg - Selections from Peer Gynt
            Nielsen - Concerto for Flute and Orchestra
            Sibelius - Spring Song, Op. 16
            Sibelius - Symphony No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 82

May 11
Guest conductor Mischa Santora is joined by cellist Christian Poltera for Barber’s technically demanding cello concerto.
            Revueltas - Suite from Redes
            Barber - Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in A Minor, Op. 22
            Schumann - Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op. 61

May 18
Tito Muñoz conducts The Phoenix Symphony in Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 in A Major. Plus, Louis Lortie perform’s Chopin’s Concerto in E Minor.
            Webern - Im Sommerwind
            Chopin - Concerto No. 1 in E Minor
            Mendelssohn - Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90, "Italian"

May 25
Enjoy a special pops presentation of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, as guest conductor Emil de Cou and singer Kate Baldwin join the Symphony for a night of jazz classics.
            Selections TBA


Southwest Season Ticket
Hear performances of internationally acclaimed musicians, recorded at venues across Arizona, every Tuesday at 7pm.

May 5
The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble and Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio perform chamber works by Romantic composers, from recordings at Camelback Bible Church.
            Mendelssohn - Octet for Strings in E-flat Major, Op. 20 - I. Allegro moderato, ma con fuoco
            Borodin - Sextet in Two Movements
            Mendelssohn - Piano Trio No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 66

May 12
As part of our series highlighting Camelback Bible Church, enjoy classical performances by The Wayward Sisters and the Musicians from Marlboro. Plus bonus interview with Guy Whatley.
            Mozart - Oboe Quartet, K. 370 - I. Allegro
            Bach - Trio Sonata in D Minor, BWV 527
            Bach - Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Theme
            Bach - Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Variation 3
            Bach - Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Variation 10
            Bach - Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Variation 18
            Bach - Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Variation 19
            Bach - Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Variation 21
            Bach - Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Variation 27
            Bach - Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Variation 30
            Bach - Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Theme
            Mozart - String Quintet in E-flat Major, K. 614

May 19
Enjoy Romantic chamber works as performed by Takac’s Quartet and the piano duo of Yuki and Tomoko Mack.
            Janacek - String Quartet No. 2, "Intimate Letters"
            Brahms - Hungarian Dance No. 5
            Mendelssohn - Piano Trio No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 66

May 26
An evening of German chamber music, featuring performances by Ana Kavafian as well as the Arianna String Quartet.
            Schubert - String Quartet in C Minor, D. 703, "Quartettsatz" - I. Allegro assai
            Brahms - String Sextet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 36 - IV. Poco Allegro
            Schubert - Quintet in A Major, D. 667, "Trout”


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 Wednesday at 7pm.

May 7
The ASU Orchestra performs at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, with soloist Robert Spring.
            Mendelssohn - Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90, "Italian"
            Mozart - Concerto in A Major for Clarinet, K. 622

May 14
Them Basses! An evening of works featuring instruments of the lower register, with performances from ASU Faculty Artists Catalin Rotaru, Albie Micklich, and Douglas Yeo, as well as the ASU Tuba Euphonium Ensemble.
            Boutry - Interferences I
            Martin - Concerto for double bass and orchestra
            Stephenson - Sonata Rhapsody: "The Arch"
            Huffine - Them Basses

May 21
Enjoy performances by ASU School of Music students and faculty as well as the Ryan-Campbell piano duo hosted at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
            Saint-Saëns - Le carnaval des animaux (The Carnival of the Animals)
            Debussy - Petite Suite
            Milhaud - Scaramouche, Op. 165b

May 28
Let your mind reside in Paris as Elizabeth Buck, flute, Julie Smith Phillips, harp, and ASU faculty and student ensembles perform works by French composers.
            Poulenc - Sonata for Violin and Piano, FP 119 - I. Allegro con fuoco
            Jolivet - Pastorales de Noel
            Boulanger - Nocturne
            Boulanger - Cortége
            Ravel - Pavane
            Andres - Algues, Seven Pieces
            Francaix - Sept Dances

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 - May 2015


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

May 1             
NAU Shrine of the Ages Choir
7:30 PM, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church

May 2             
Phoenix Girl’s Chorus - “Songfest” Women’s Festival
7:30 PM, Camelback Bible Church

May 3             
Orpheus Men’s Chorus
3:00 PM, Camelback Bible Church

May 8             
Phoenix Symphony w/ Phoenix Boy’s Choir
7:30 PM, Phoenix Symphony Hall

May 9             
Phoenix Symphony w/ Phoenix Boy’s Choir
7:30 PM, Phoenix Symphony Hall

May 10           
Michael Meraw, baritone
Tanya Blaich, piano
2:30 PM, Tempe Center for the Arts

May 22
Phoenix Symphony w/ Giora Schmidt
11:00 AM, Phoenix Symphony Hall

May 22           
Phoenix Symphony w/ Giora Schmidt
7:30 PM, Phoenix Symphony Hall

May 23           
Phoenix Symphony w/ Giora Schmidt
7:30 PM, Phoenix Symphony Hall

May 31
Biblical Concert Series: The Harpsichord and Violin Music of J. S. Bach
Guy Whatley, harpsichord
Ben Whitehouse, violin
3:00 PM, Camelback Bible Church


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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