Classical Arizona PBS/KBAQ to broadcast Arizona Opera, Phoenix Symphony, Arizona Encore! series

Central Sound at Arizona PBS, the audio-media production service of Arizona PBS, has partnered with Arizona Opera, The Phoenix Symphony and the Grammy Award-winning Phoenix Chorale to broadcast several performance series this month, many in surround sound.

Arizona Opera will be featured in a new three-part series broadcasting statewide. “Arizona Lady” will kick off the broadcast series on Sunday, March 5. The series will also highlight the operas “Florencia en el Amazonas” on Sunday, March 12, and “Carmen” on Sunday, March 19. The Arizona Opera series can be heard at 6 p.m. on 89.5 KBAQ-FM in the Phoenix area and DTV 8.5 Classical Arizona PBS. In the Flagstaff area, broadcasts will be on KNAU-FM, Arizona Public Radio via its Classical Music Network, starting at noon on the same days. Times may vary for other classical stations throughout the state.

The fourth season of the Phoenix Symphony broadcast series will air starting Monday, March 20. With Virginia G. Piper Music Director Tito Muñoz at the helm, the broadcast features “Symphony Fantastique,” Op. 14 by Berlioz and Sibelius’ Concerto in D Minor for Violin & Orchestra, Op. 47 with Phoenix Symphony Concertmaster Steven Moeckel as soloist. The series will air Mondays at 7 p.m. until the end of May, broadcast exclusively in discrete surround sound on DTV 8.5 Classical Arizona PBS as well as in DTS Neural Surround on 89.5 KBAQ-FM and KNAU-FM. Details of these broadcasts can be found at

Arizona Encore!, a weekly program dedicated to showcasing Arizona’s premier performances, will present a March choral series featuring the Grammy-Award winning Phoenix Chorale, Tucson’s True Concord Voice and Orchestra, the NAU Shrine of Ages Choir as well as several other top choral ensembles. This series will also be broadcast exclusively on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. in discrete surround sound on DTV 8.5 Classical Arizona PBS as well as DTS Neural Surround on 89.5 KBAQ-FM.

Many of these programs can be heard anytime via the Classical Arizona PBS mobile app (available for both IOS and Android), where you can listen to other Classical Arizona PBS programs, watch video and find information on classical music performances throughout Arizona. More information is available at

DTV 8.5 Classical Arizona PBS, a real-time televised re-broadcast of 89.5 FM, can be heard or viewed throughout Arizona and features award-winning images from DTV 8.5 is now broadcasting in surround sound. Programs produced by Arizona PBS, including the Phoenix Symphony, Arizona Encore!, and ASU in Concert have been recorded in discrete high-definition surround sound and be broadcast as such. Other programs from 89.5 KBAQ-FM will be converted to surround when suitable.

KBAQ-FM is a listener-supported public radio station licensed to Arizona State University and the Maricopa Community College District as a community service of Rio Salado College’s Division of Public Service. KBAQ is the Valley’s 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

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 For more than 30 years, Arizona Public Radio has been a public service of Northern Arizona University.

Details about DTS Neural Surround and how to listen can be found at Details about these and future broadcast performances can be found at

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