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The Phoenix Symphony, in partnership with Central Sound at Arizona PBS, is announcing its 2020 broadcast series will air starting Monday, March 23.

In these times of uncertainty, music can serve as a comfort, even while live performances are unavailable. These broadcasts bring the expertise of The Phoenix Symphony’s world-class musicians to listeners across Arizona.

Central Sound at Arizona PBS has partnered to record the Phoenix Symphony’s “Classic Series” concerts, as well as some chamber performances. The broadcast series can be heard Monday evenings at 7 p.m. in Phoenix on 89.5 FM KBACH and in Northern Arizona on KNAU-FM – Arizona Public Radio via their classical music network (88.7 FM in Flagstaff, 89.3 FM in Kingman, 102.5 FM in Cottonwood and the Verde Valley, 93.5 FM in Payson, 90.7 FM Show Low, 106.1 FM Prescott and 105.3 FM Vernon/Concho). Broadcasts are presented in Dolby Digital surround on DTV 8.5 CLASSICAL ARIZONA PBS, available across 80% of Arizona.

On the radio, The Phoenix Symphony broadcasts will be presented in DTS Neural Surround™. This technology enables the broadcast production 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. DTS Neural Surround™ 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. For information is available at

The following is the schedule for March – June 2020:

March 23 – Prokofiev and Gershwin 

Prokofiev – Selections from Romeo and Juliet Suites 1 & 2
Gershwin – Porgy and Bess: A Concert of Songs

Carl St. Clair, conductor
Kevin Deas, vocalist
Angela Brown, vocalist
Pilgrim Rest Mass Choir


March 30 – Rebel, Mozart and Brahms

Rebel – Les Élémens
Mozart – Mass in C Major “Trinity,” K. 167
Brahms – Symphony No. 3, Op. 90

Michael Francis, conductor
The Phoenix Symphony Chorus


April 6 – Elgar, Hersch and Holst

Elgar – Elegy, Op. 58
Hersch – End Stages
Holst – The Planets

Tito Muñoz, conductor
The Phoenix Symphony Chorus


April 13 – Shostakovich, Norman and Beethoven

Shostakovich – Festive Overture
Norma – SWITCH
Beethoven – Symphony No. 5

Tito Muñoz, conductor
Shaun Tilburg, percussion


April 20 – Salonen, Mozart and Siblius

Salonen – Helix
Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 21, K. 467
Sibelius – Symphony No. 5

Roderick Cox, conductor
Xuesha Hu, piano


April 27 – Purrington, Saint-Saëns and Beethoven

Purrington – Likely Pictures in Haphazard Sky
Saint-Saëns – Cello Concerto No. 1
Beethoven – Symphony No. 2

Tito Muñoz, conductor
Johannes Moser, cello


May 4 – Stallcop and Beethoven

Stallcop – City Music
Beethoven – Mass in C

Tito Muñoz, conductor
The Phoenix Symphony Chorus


May 11 – Thomas, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky

Thomas – EOS (Goddess of the Dawn)
Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 2
Tchaikovsky – Selections from ‘Swan Lake’

Ryan McAdams, conductor
Stewart Goodyear, piano


May 18 – Lutoslawski and Beethoven

Lutoslawski – Concerto for Orchestra
Beethoven – Violin Concerto

Tito Muñoz, conductor
Augustin Hadelich, violin


May 25 – Verdi

Verdi – Messa da Requiem (Requiem Mass)

Tito Muñoz, conductor
The Phoenix Symphony Chorus


June 1 – Beethoven, Cerrone and Haydn

Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 3
Cerrone – Piano Concerto No. 3
Haydn – Symphony No. 103, “Drumroll”

Tito Muñoz, conductor
Shai Wosner, piano


A broadcast on June 8th may also occur.

Central Sound at Arizona PBS, an audio-media production service, 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, for the “Classical Arizona PBS” mobile app, as well as exceptional television audio, featured on Arizona PBS, and beyond.  Central Sound at Arizona PBS is part of Arizona State University, a co-licensee of KBAQ 89.5 FM.

The Phoenix Symphony is Arizona’s largest performing arts organization presenting classical and pops concerts at Symphony Hall in downtown Phoenix as well as throughout central Arizona from September through the beginning of early June. Founded in 1947, The Symphony provides unparalleled civic value to the community by performing for more than 125,000 students and children annually as well as touching the lives of tens of thousands of adults through its health and wellness programs, including the nationally acclaimed Alzheimer’s Research Initiative through the B-Sharp Music Wellness, A W.O.N.D.E.R Project. For more information, visit

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

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.

About DTS:  Since 1993, DTS, Inc. (Nasdaq: DTSI) has been dedicated to “making the world sound better.” Through its pioneering audio solutions for mobile devices, home theater systems, cinema, automotive and beyond, DTS provides incredibly high-quality, immersive and engaging audio experiences to listeners everywhere. DTS technology is integrated in more than two billion devices globally, and the world’s leading video and music streaming services are increasingly choosing DTS to deliver premium sound to their listeners’ network-connected devices. For more information, please visit

Arizona PBS is one of the nation’s leading public media organizations, with four broadcast channels and a growing array of digital platforms. A trusted community resource for more than five decades, Arizona PBS fosters lifelong learning through quality programming, in-depth news coverage and critical educational outreach services. It is one of the country’s largest public television stations, reaching 80 percent of Arizona homes and 1.9 million households each week through four channels. Arizona PBS has been part of ASU since the station launched in 1961. Arizona PBS is a member-supported community service of Arizona State University and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.


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