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Newsletter Spring 2015 Volume 2, Issue 3
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Dear Listener, 

Sterling Beeaff
Sterling Beeaff
February, the "little" month, was just full of music and art. Violinist Joshua Bell appeared at the Mesa Arts Center as did violinist Rachel Barton Pine; Pianist Sir Andras Schiff played the Scottsdale Center for the Arts; Arizona Opera mounted two operas, Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin" and Mozart's "Magic Flute" then in between presented soprano Deborah Voigt in a special evening. Arizona Theatre Company gave us a world premiere, "Five Presidents" and Ballet Arizona had the U.S. premiere of the ballet "Napoli." There was so much to experience in the Valley last month - I'm only naming the events that come quickly to mind!

That  brings to mind how the Valley as evolved in more ways than the population and real-estate. Growing up here meant having access to visiting artists and wonderful performances by local groups and soloists, but nothing like today. Add to this all the established, new and renovated venues there are and it's astonishing. Then consider the growing number of local places to gather with friends before and after taking in a concert, recital or exhibition.

This month there are anticipated appearances by Murray Perhia at the Scottsdale Center; The Phoenix Symphony welcomes pianist Louis Lortie back to Symphony Hall and Jeffrey Siegel continues his 36th  season of Keyboard Conversations .

At the Heart of the Arts, K-BACH is proud to bring you not only classical music but interviews with artists, arts features and theatre reviews along with the daily celebration of living in this great city full of classical music available on 89.5FM, online at kbach.org or on the K-BACH mobile app.

Growth can be wonderful but without you the arts can't flourish as they have and there just wouldn't be a K-BACH classical music station. Thank you so very much!

Sterling Beeaff
Director Community Engagement and Senior Announcer
A Glimpse Into K-BACH 
Host Editorial
Classical Music Reached Over 4,000,000 Weekly Listeners in 2014 
By Scott Williams, Director of Audience Research
Scott Williams
Scott Williams
Classical music radio had a lot to celebrate in 2014. The 18 surviving all-classical stations in the Top 30 markets reached over four million listeners every week.  They are all public radio stations like K-BACH and are sustained by listener support.

The biggest challenge facing these stations is listener awareness.  So if you enjoy K-BACH don't be bashful about telling a friend about the great music and friendly and knowledgeable hosts you encounter whenever you turn the station on.  Or if you know someone who lives in a city without classical music tell them about streaming K-BACH at KBACH.org.

Thank you for your continued support of a format that some industry insiders predicted would disappear from radio at the turn of the 21st Century.  Apparently they just didn't realize the deep passion you have for classical music! 

Heart of the Arts
Voilinist Rachel Barton Pine
courtesy of Rachel Barton Pine
Violinist Rachel Barton Pine
By Jane Hilton, Announcer and Producer  
Violin virtuoso Rachel Barton Pine chats about her latest recording, Mozart's Compete Violin Concerti with Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, and her concert of Paganini's Complete 24 Caprices at the Mesa Arts Center.
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Listen to the interview with Violinist Rachel Barton Pine
Book Notes
Patton Oswalt:  Everything I know I Learned From The Movies
By Randy Kinkel, Announcer and Producer 
In his latest book, "Silver Screen: Learning about life from an addiction to film", Patton Oswalt shares his coming of age as a performer and writer in the late '90s--- while obsessively watching classic films at the legendary New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles. Old Movies became Patton's guide to life, shaping his ideas of  acting, writing, comedy, and relationships. Oswalt's memoir chronicles his journey from fledgling stand-up comedian to self-assured sitcom actor, with the colorful New Beverly collective supporting him all along the way. Read more
Sound button Listen to Randy Kinkel's review of the book - click here
Inside Your Membership
Leadership Society              
K-BACH Back to Radio Lunch
K-BACH members enjoyed an afternoon lunch in October with special guest Suzanne Bona, Host and Executive Producer of Sunday Baroque along with K-BACH announcers and staff.  All participants had an opportunity to personally meet Suzanne Bona and received a signed CD of Sunday Baroque, Hand Picked Volume 2.

Photo: Suzanne Bona and Sustaining Member Dr. Janet Wise.
View a photo gallery of the event here.
Sustaining Members               

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Bank transfers are simple, completely secure and never expire!  Simply put, it's the best way to make your monthly contribution to K-BACH.


Make your switch today by calling member services at 480-774-8400.


Member News                                

Tax Time Print Your 2014 Tax Statement Online  

Your 2014 tax statement is now available online.  This means more of your contribution will go toward the programming and not paperwork.  If you do not already have a K-BACH e-membership account, follow these simple steps:


1.    Go to: www.kbach.org/emember
2.    Click on "Sign up for an account"
3.    Enter the requested information and press "Process"
4.    When you receive your email confirming access, login at: www.kbach.org/emember and look for the "Tax Receipt" link at the top of the page

If you have any questions, please call the member services at 480-774-8400.

Take A Tour Of The Station
A Thank You Letter
Ruth and Clark Hawksworth
By Ruth and Clark Hawksworth, K-BACH and KJZZ Members
"We enjoy, appreciate and are grateful for the quality broadcasting of K-BACH and KJZZ.  Since our personal tour with you, we are more enlightened and informed.  The studios of K-BACH and KJZZ are beyond anything we imagined.  We didn't know what to expect, but knew it would be good based on the programming and the personnel we listen to.

There are so many examples of quality in the infrastructure, the building details, the equipment, but most importantly are the excellent people at both K-BACH and KJZZ."   Read more

Legacy Society
Social Security and You 2015
Social Security and YOU - Feb. 2015
Legacy Society Offers Educational Classes
K-BACH Legacy Society presented Social Security and YOU
for 102 registered participants on February 25, 2015 with speaker Jack Burns, Public Affairs Specialist, Social Security, Arizona.

Estate Planning for the NOVICE is back for the second time with Stephanie Fierro of Frutkin Law, Wednesday, April 29, 2015 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm in the Rio Salado Conference Center.  Watch your email for additional information.

For more information on estate planning contact plannedgiving@rioradio.org or 480-774-8458
First Press Fine Wine Dinner and Auction 
Thank you to Attendees, Wineries and Sponsors
KJZZ, K-BACH and Spot 127 would like to thank all the attendees, wineries and sponsors for contributing to an especially successful First Press evening.  Sponsors included APS, American Airlines, National Bank of Arizona, Frontdoors News, Arizona Wine Company, Southwest Airlines and SunTech Concrete.
First Press - Photo compliments ofRobert Westerman Photography
First Press - Photo by Robert Westerman Photography
First Press - Photo by Robert Westerman Photography
Photos by Robert Westerman Photography
A Special Thank you
Area Agency on Aging
Thank you To Our Sponsors
Since 2012, the Area Agency on Aging has been reaching out to K-BACH listeners through corporate underwriting messages to educate the community about the 60+ programs offered to residents of Maricopa County.  The programs are designed to enhance the quality of life for adults aged 60+, adults aged 18+ with HIV/AIDS, adults aged 18+ with disabilities and long-term care needs, as well as family caregivers. For more information visit www.aaaphx.org or call the 24 hour senior help line at 602-264-HELP.

Volunteer Update
Volunteer Marion Durham
Marion Durham
Arizona Statistics In Volunteering 
KJZZ and K-BACH together engaged more than 87 volunteers and logged approximately 700 hours in 2014. According to Volunteering and Civic Engagement in America, Arizona's 2013 volunteer statistics include:

          1.19 million volunteers
          159.5 million hours of service
          31.1 volunteer hours per capita
          $3.6 billion of service contributed
          20.3% volunteers engaged in fundraising as their main activity

Join the ranks by volunteering for the next K-BACH Member Drive, and make a difference in your community. For more information email cmaffuccio@rioradio.org.

Vehicle Donation
Capture1976 Dodge B200 Van donated by Kenneth G
Capture1976 Dodge B200 Van donated by Kenneth G
Announcing 2014 Winners
K-BACH Keys to Outstanding Classical Music Awards
Kenneth G. from Phoenix is the winner of the Oldest Vehicle Award by donating his 1976 Dodge B200 Van. The Most Valuable Vehicle Award goes to Lois S. in Sun City who donated her 1995 Mercedes-Benz SL600. 

Support the classical music you rely on everyday by donating your car, truck, boat or RV to K-BACH.  Call 1-855-82K-BACH or visit cars.kbach.org.
Station News
Suzanne Pfister (FPRAZ Board Member)
Suzanne Pfister
FPRAZ Board Member Establishes Leadership Committee to Exchange Health and Technology Information
By Suzanne Pfister
Board of Director, FPRAZ
President & CEO St. Luke's Health Initiatives 

For more than a year, the development team at KJZZ began talking to a variety of local health-related organizations about expanding health, science and innovation reporting. These topics have always held a great deal of interest with the public, and local organizations have been pioneering new products and treatments that are worthy of broader coverage.  The premise was that Arizona is full of innovative health and science efforts, yet many of these stories will not entice traditional commercial media because they are sometimes harder to communicate.  Read more.
May 7, 2015:  KJZZ's Spot 127 Celebration Dinner, Featuring the Korva Coleman Excellence Awards recognizing outstanding digital media pieces produced by youth ages 12 - 23.

November 14 - 15, 2015:  KJZZ Travel and Discovery Expo
Metropolitan Opera Schedule
Launched in 1931, the Metropolitan Opera's Saturday matinee broadcasts are the longest-running Opera program series in radio history. The 84th season began at 11am, December 6, 2014, with Rossini's "The Barber of Seville" starring Isabel Leonard.  View the full list of performances on K-BACH here.

More information about the Met broadcasts is available at www.operainfo.org
Musically Speaking - Phoenix Symphony Coffee Classics
Musically speaking begins one hour before the Coffee Classic concert starts.  Meet the Artist Luncheons follow immediately after every Coffee Classic concert. 

March 20, 2015:  Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony No. 4
April 17, 2015:  Mozart's Symphony No. 40
May 22, 2015:  Mahler's Symphony No. 1
K-BACH Pre-Concert Talks - Phoenix Chorale
Pre-concert talks begin one hour before the concert starts.  Hosted and moderated by Sterling Beeaff with special guests for an in-depth look at the music.  More details

April 25, 2015:  The Bard's Tale