Central Sound to broadcast concert performances from The Phoenix Symphony

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Music Director Tito Muñoz’s inaugural night with The Phoenix Symphony will be captured and broadcast by Central Sound at Eight.  Photo courtesy of The Phoenix Symphony.

PHOENIX – (March 3, 2015) The Phoenix Symphony, in partnership with Central Sound at Eight, has unveiled its 2014-2015 broadcast series that will air throughout central and northern Arizona starting Monday, March 9.

For the second consecutive season, Central Sound at Eight, a part of Arizona PBS, has been recording The Phoenix Symphony’s Classic Series concerts as well as other notable events throughout the season. These performances will be aired throughout the Phoenix metro area on 89.5 KBAQ-FM. The broadcast series will also be available throughout northern Arizona on KNAU-FM, Arizona Public Radio via its Classical Music Network, which includes: 88.7 FM and 92.3 FM in Flagstaff; 89.3 FM in Kingman; 90.7 FM in Show Low; 93.5 FM in Payson; 102.5 FM in Cottonwood and the Verde Valley; 105.3 FM in Vernon/Concho and 106.1 FM in Prescott. The broadcast series will also be simulcast on KAET’s “Eight Classical” digital TV channel 8.4, a real-time digital TV re-broadcast of 89.5 FM, which can be heard/viewed through the state and features award-winning images from Capture My Arizona. Details for receiving Eight Classical are available at https://azpbs.org/reception.php.

“The partnership between Central Sound at Eight and The Phoenix Symphony gives Arizonans who can’t attend our concerts the opportunity to hear the amazing virtuosity of our musicians,” Jim Ward, president and CEO of The Phoenix Symphony, said.  “We are very grateful for this relationship, and look forward to continuing it in our 2015/16 Season.” The Phoenix Symphony 2014-2015 broadcast series premieres Monday, March 9, and continues every Monday at 7 p.m. until June 1, 2015. The March 9 broadcast will mark Tito Muñoz’s inaugural night as The Phoenix Symphony’s Virginia G. Piper Music Director, conducting Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” (Songs of Beuern) as well as Igor Stravinsky’s “Suite from The Firebird” (1919 version). The broadcasts of The Phoenix Symphony concerts will feature interviews with guest artists, conductors, other concert selections and information pertaining to the symphony.

“As part of our commitment as the central hub of notable musical events in Arizona, it is our pleasure to bring the inaugural season of Tito Muñoz as music director of the fabulous Phoenix Symphony to thousands of listeners throughout the state of Arizona,” 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, Inc. 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 Symphony Hall directly to listeners from the comfort of their living rooms or automobiles. The DTS Neural Surround algorithm allows multiple audio channels to be encoded into the two channels available for radio broadcast. The process is reversed via the listener’s home receiver, allowing them to retrieve the 5.1 channels from the two-channel broadcast. While DTS Neural Surround encoded audio performs best with the DTS Neural decoder, those without a DTS Neural decoder may have success using other brands of decoders, including Dolby Pro Logic II and SRS for an immersive experience. It is suggested that listeners flip through the available decoders on their receivers to hear what works best.

Central Sound at EIGHT, an audio-media production service 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, Central Sound produces 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 of Rio 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.

KNAU, Arizona Public Radio is a regional network based in Flagstaff serving Northern Arizona with NPR news and classical music. The classical music service is heard in Kingman, Prescott, Payson, Show Low, the Verde Valley and Flagstaff, as well as online at KNAU.org. For more than 30 years, Arizona Public Radio has been a public service of Northern Arizona University.

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 AVRs, car audio systems, digital media players, video game consoles, PCs, set-top boxes, smartphones, soundbars, televisions, wireless speakers 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, San Diego and Santa Ana, California, Washington, China, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. Copyright 2015, 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.

The Sennheiser Group based in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, was founded in 1945 and has gone on to become a leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Sales in 2013 totaled 590.4 million euros. Sennheiser employs more than 2,500 staff worldwide and operates plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company has a worldwide network of subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hongkong, India, South Korea, Singapore, Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, and the USA. It also has long-established trading partners in other countries. Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin, a maker of studio microphones and monitor speakers, and Sennheiser Communications A/S, a joint venture making headsets for PCs, offices and call centers, are also part of the Sennheiser Group.  More up-to-date information about Sennheiser is available at www.sennheiser.com.

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