Classical Arizona PBS/KBAQ to Broadcast 3rd Season of Performances from The Phoenix Symphony

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PHOENIX – (March 18, 2016)

The Phoenix Symphony, in partnership with Central Sound at Arizona PBS, has unveiled its 2015-2016 broadcast series that will air starting Monday, March 21.

For the third consecutive season, Central Sound at Arizona PBS, has partnered to record The Phoenix Symphony’s “Classics Series” concerts. These performances will air throughout the Phoenix metro area on 89.5 FM KBAQ-FM and DTV 8.4 CLASSICAL ARIZONA PBS. 

Starting April 4, the broadcast series will also be available throughout northern Arizona on KNAU-FM, Arizona Public Radio via its Classical Music Network.

  • 7 FM and 92.3 FM in Flagstaff
  • 3 FM in Kingman
  • 7 FM in Show Low
  • 5 FM in Payson
  • 5 FM in Cottonwood and the Verde Valley
  • 3 FM in Vernon/Concho
  • 1 FM in Prescott

Classical Arizona PBS digital TV channel 8.4, a real-time televised re-broadcast of 89.5 FM, can be heard/viewed throughout Arizona and features award-winning images from CaptureMyArizona.com. Details for receiving Classical Arizona PBS broadcasts free over the air are available at https://azpbs.org/reception.php.

“We’re so pleased to continue our partnership with Central Sound at Arizona PBS,” said Virginia G. Piper Music Director Tito Muñoz. “This is a special relationship for me personally, since the station aired my inaugural concert with The Phoenix Symphony last season. It also provides an opportunity to expose more Arizonans to classical music and our talented musicians, and may inspire them to come to a live performance.”

The Phoenix Symphony 2015-2016 broadcast series premieres Monday, March 21, and continues every Monday at 7 p.m. until June 6, 2016. The March 21 broadcast will highlight Tito Muñoz conducting The Phoenix Symphony along with the Phoenix Boys Choir performing:

Tchaikovsky – Serenade for Strings in C Major, Op. 48

Vaughn Williams – Magnificat

Brahms – Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny), Op. 54

Kodaly – Psalmus hungaricus, Op. 13

Details of this and future broadcast performances can be found at https://phoenixsymphony.org/plan-your-visit/broadcast-series or via www.centralsound.net

“It is with great pleasure that we continue our partnership with The Phoenix Symphony with this third series of broadcasts,” says Alex Kosiorek, Manager of Central Sound at Arizona PBS and Executive Producer of the series. “These broadcasts continue our mutual commitment to bring premier performances of classical music to thousands of listeners.”

Starting April 4, following many of The Phoenix Symphony broadcasts, a mini-series featuring musicians of the symphony will allow listeners to become more familiar with individual members, their experiences, inspirations, accolades and journey in the arts. This corresponding mini-series is produced in part by students of the Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. These interviews will also be featured on the “Classical Arizona PBS” mobile app, available for iOS and Android. Info at: www.azpbs.org/classical.

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.

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