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The Phoenix Symphony

The Phoenix Symphony broadcast, featuring performances from their “Classics Series,” returns to the airwaves for another season. Listen every Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. Enjoy world-class performances from Beethoven and Mozart to Copland and Barber, along with many new works. All performances are recorded by Arizona PBS’s own Central Sound.

Not only is the world-class Phoenix Symphony featured on these broadcasts but also virtuosic solo musicians such as Augustin HadelichGil Shaham and many more. This season also features interviews with a few of our special guest performers where they share their insights into their artistry.

Broadcasts begin Monday, September 25 and run until November 27. Along with bringing The Phoenix Symphony broadcast to your home, our team at Central Sound uses equipment provided by DTS, Incorporated to present each broadcast in DTS Neural Surround™. Broadcasts on DTV 8.5 Classical Arizona PBS are in Dolby Digital Discrete Surround Sound. This technology brings the experience of sitting in the best seat of a performance hall directly to our listeners.

The Phoenix Symphony concert recordings are exclusive to 8.5 DTV Classical Arizona PBS and 89.5 KBACH and can only be listened to live on air, so be sure to tune in every Monday at 7pm! Exclusive artist interviews, articles about the performances, and sneak peaks of future broadcasts can all be found on this webpage.

Mike Bolton

Michael J. Bolton is a nationally respected opera and classical music lecturer and advocate. A popular on-air classical music host on WRTI 90.1 FM in Philadelphia, Bolton is also well-known for his pre-performance lectures, podcasts, and private seminars, geared to help audiences find themselves within the classics. His warm, bass-baritone voice is instantly recognizable to the 65,000+ people who have attended his lectures. Welcoming and friendly, Bolton delivers high-quality content to audiences of all musical backgrounds and ages.

Bolton has three decades of professional experience in the arts and a voluminous knowledge of opera and classical music. In the opera world, he carved out a niche by introducing novel programs like Hip H’opera and innovative community programming such as Opera on Trial. He was selected by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to oversee the organization’s Random Acts of Culture Initiative in Philadelphia. Today, that video series has over 13 million YouTube views.

An educator at heart, most recently Bolton has lectured with the Metropolitan Opera Guild, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, Cincinnati Opera, Curtis Institute of Music, the University of Pennsylvania. In 2006, he was the first recipient of OPERA America’s Diversity Award.

Bolton studied classical voice at Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music. He resides in the Philadelphia suburbs with his spouse, Peter, and Larry, a beloved family member through the Lifesharing program for the intellectually disabled. The busy family has two dogs, Oliver and Finny. Bolton can easily be won over with a dish of ice cream or some tea and a conversation about William Morris wallpaper.