Eight, Arizona PBS Central Sound partners with Phoenix Symphony, making concerts available around the Valley

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Phoenix, AZThe Phoenix Symphony is proud to announce its new partnership with Central Sound at EIGHT (formerly the KBAQ Production Studio), a part of EIGHT, Arizona PBS. This partnership makes Phoenix Symphony concerts 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. These broadcasts begin on March 18 and run through June 2014.

“The Phoenix Symphony is proud to be able to extend the power of classical music beyond the stage,” says Jim Ward, President & CEO of The Phoenix Symphony. “This partnership not only allows those not able to attend Symphony concerts to be exposed to classical music, but also allows those who attended the concert to re-live their experience.”

The broadcast series premieres Tuesday, March 18 and continues every Tuesday on K-BACH at 7 pm into the month of June. The March 18th broadcast will feature Beethoven’s 9th Symphony conducted by Andrew Grams. 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.

“As part of our commitment to serving the community by capturing notable musical events in Arizona, we are pleased to be partnering with a world-class orchestra, The Phoenix Symphony, to record and broadcast their performances to thousands of listeners,” says Alex Kosiorek, Manager of Central Sound at Eight.

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.

Central Sound at EIGHT. The KBAQ Production Studio is now “Central Sound at EIGHT." Continuing our tradition, we are 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 has been proudly serving the citizens of the Phoenix metropolitan area and Arizona since 1947. The Phoenix Symphony presents an annual season from September through the beginning of June, featuring full-length classical and pops concerts at Symphony Hall in downtown Phoenix, as well as concerts in Scottsdale, Mesa, Prescott and throughout central Arizona. The Symphony performs for more than 108,000 students and children, helping to introduce music to new generations through a variety of education and youth-engagement programs.

KBACH is a listener-supported public radio station licensed to the Maricopa Community College District as a community service ofRio Salado College’s Division of Public Service, and Arizona State University.  KBACH is the Valley’s only classical music station dedicated to sharing information about arts and cultural events. It is available 24-hours a day on 89.5 FM and HD and online via streaming audio on kbach.org.

DTS, Inc. (Nasdaq: DTSI) is a premier audio solutions provider for high-definition entertainment experiences—anytime, anywhere, on any device. DTS’ audio solutions enable delivery and playback of clear, compelling high-definition audio, which is incorporated by hundreds of licensee customers around the world, into an array of consumer electronic devices. From a renowned legacy as a pioneer in high definition multi-channel audio, DTS became a mandatory audio format in the Blu-ray Disc™ standard and is now increasingly deployed in enabling digital delivery of compelling movies, music, games and other forms of digital entertainment to a growing array of network-connected consumer devices. DTS technology is in car audio systems, digital media players, DVD players, game consoles, home theaters, PCs, set-top boxes, smart phones, surround music content and every device capable of playing Blu-ray™ discs. Founded in 1993, DTS' corporate headquarters are located in Calabasas, California. DTS also has offices in Los Gatos and Santa Ana, California, Washington, China, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. Copyright 2014, DTS, Inc. DTS, the Symbol, and DTS and the Symbol together are registered trademarks of DTS, Inc.  All other trademarks are the properties of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser has grown into a global brand represented in over sixty countries through wholly owned subsidiaries and long-term distribution partners. Sennheiser is proud to be affiliated with Georg Neumann, purveyor of world-leading studio microphones, and joint venture Sennheiser Communications, which brings its award winning technology to headsets for gaming, mobile phones and PCs. Sennheiser’s pioneering advancements in technology has rewarded the brand with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. For more information, please visit www.sennheiserusa.com

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