Performance Oklahoma




Host/Producer Kimberly Powell

receives Governor's Arts Award!


Kimberly Powell, KUCO's Radio’s Early Afternoon Host, Director of Production and Syndication, Director of Programming and Host and Producer of KUCO’s” Performance Oklahoma,” was selected by the Oklahoma Arts Council as a recipient of the 2013 Governor’s Arts Awards, Media in the Arts category, for her contributions to the Oklahoma arts community.  Recognized largely for her development of “Performance Oklahoma,” KUCO’s weekly showcase showcasing performances drawn from concert settings across the state, KUCO's General Manager said: "In the more than five years Kimberly has been with KUCO, she has forged a new standard of quality for local programming and established strong ties between the radio station and performing arts organizations state-wide.  We are proud of her work and excited that she is receiving this award from the State of Oklahoma, an award she truly deserves.”  This is the third Governor’s Arts Award to be presented to KUCO 90.1 FM, the region’s premiere public radio station offering a classical music format.


Performance Oklahoma



Producer/Host Kimberly Powell   


Performance Oklahoma



 A new series of programs 

from the 2013 and 2014 Festivals!


Continuing its mission to offer a high quality music and cultural Festival for Oklahoma audiences, OK Mozart celebrated its
30th anniversary season this past June.  Enjoy a promo for the series here!

Welcoming Artistic Director Constantine Kitsopoulos and Executive Director Randy Thompson in 2013, the 2014 Festival presented the Amici New York orchestra in a series of concerts which included a side-by-side performance with the newly formed OK Mozart All-State Youth orchestra,

a semi-staged concert presentation of Mozart's opera "The Magic Flute"  featuring Oklahoma based soloists and the Bartlesville Choral Society who also joined the orchestra for the finale concert featuring Beethoven's 9th Symphony.  The Festival also offered a chamber music series featuring internationally acclaimed pianist Jon Kimura Parker, one of America's highest-profile ensembles, the dynamic Miró Quartet and woodwind players from the Amici New York orchestra; the collaborators returning this season having also appeared at the Festival in 2013.  In addition to its orchestral and choral performances and the chamber music concert series, 

OK Mozart continues to present a variety of performing arts, as well as a full program of related cultural events throughout the Festival.  Recorded concerts are held at the Bartlesville Community Center and St. Luke's Episcopal Church.  Beginning in the final week of August, Performance Oklahoma presents concert performances from both Festivals in a multi-week broadcast series. 

This week:  Program Six



with the Miró Quartet  


In the first hour of the sixth edition of the OK Mozart radio broadcast series, Performance Oklahoma presents the final Afternoon Chamber Music Series concert of Festival 2014 offered on June 13th and featuring the Miró Quartet in the String Quartet in d minor, Op 76, No. 2, by Franz Joseph Haydn and the String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op 127 by Ludwig van Beethoven.  In the second hour the Miró Quartet play the String Quartet in d minor, D 810 "Death and the Maiden" by Franz Schubert from the Spencer Prentiss/Becky Wallace Chamber Music Concert offered on Tuesday, June 11th at Festival 2013; both concerts given at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.   Performance recordings were made by Tom Lazarus:

Tune in at 8 on Wednesday evening, October 1st and Saturday morning, October 4th to Classical KUCO and Saturday evening, October 4th at 8 to Classical KWTU



Coming up

on Performance Oklahoma!



with violinists Simone Lamsma and Phillipe Quint,

and pianists Horacio Gutierrez and

Jean-Yves Thibaudet





with pianist Sergio Monteiro

and the Juilliard Quartet




"Poetic Portraits" with baritone Scarlatta,

"Austrian and German Masterworks for Winds"

and "World Traveling Violin" with Cyrus Beroukhim





The Pasquier Trio and the Pacific Quartet





Gioachino Rossini's




 Program Overview


 Photo of  Stephen Hough:  Hiroyuki Ito


Performance Oklahoma is a weekly showcase of performances drawn from concert settings across Oklahoma and is produced and hosted by Kimberly Powell in the studios of  KUCO-FM in Edmond. The program features the Oklahoma City Philharmonic's Classics Series concerts and performances from Chamber Music in Oklahoma, Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma, OK Mozart International Festival, Armstrong Auditorium, the Norman Philharmonic, the Canterbury Choral Society, the Tulsa Opera, guest artist and special concerts from Oklahoma’s universities and other series across the State.

Kimberly has met and interviewed a number of the world's leading musical artists and composers for the program including Steven Isserlis, Stephen Hough, Marc-André Hamelin, André Watts, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Nathan and Julie Gunn, James Ehnes, Jon Kimura Parker, Jennifer Koh, The King's Singers, Barry Douglas, Midori, Garrick Ohlsson, the Canadian Brass, the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, Peter Wiley, Rachel Barton Pine, Libby Larsen, Phillip Ying, Vladimir Feltsman, Michael Daugherty, Colin Currie, David Kim,
Carter Brey, Kazuhide Isomura, Eric Ruske, The Eroica Trio, Paul Neubauer and colleagues from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, members of Chanticleer and a number of exciting young international artists including Stefan Jackiw, Conrad Tao, Sarah Coburn, Shai Wosner, Julie Albers, Jennifer Frautschi, Orion Weiss, Ryu Goto, Alexander Schimpf, Susanna Phillips, Sasha Cooke, Kelly Markgraf, Andrew von Oeyen, Anna Polonsky, Alexander Sitkovetsky and the co-gold medalists of the 2009 Van Cliburn International Competition Haochen Zhang and Nobuyuki Tsujii.

In August of 2009, Kimberly and Performance Oklahoma were profiled in the Sunday edition of the Daily Oklahoman by Fine Arts Editor, Rick Rogers and in April of 2010 a feature article by Terry Clark appeared in Oklahoma's Journal Record. Her program showcasing the American Organ Institute's Gala Weekend Celebration in September 2009 was

nominated for a Governor's Award. The 2010 and 2011OK Mozart International Festival chamber music broadcast series were presented by KXMS Fine Arts Radio International in Joplin, Missouri and by KWTU Classical in Tulsa, Oklahoma.    For the past three years Performance Oklahoma has secured a grant from the Kirkpatrick Foundation and sponsorship from locally owned Homeland Grocery Stores, Hudiburg Subaru of Oklahoma and Armstrong Auditorium and in 2014, adds the sponsorship of RK Black.  In March of 2013, the program began weekly broadcast on Public Radio Tulsa’s KWTU.  And in November of 2013 Kimberly Powell was honored with a Governor’s Art Award (Media in the Arts) and received citations from the Oklahoma State Senate and House of Representatives.   In January of 2014, KUCO/KBCW began featuring Performance Oklahoma in second encore broadcasts, on Saturday mornings at 8!    

 Photo of Sarah Coburn: Images by Ervin Photography, Dario Acosta and Stacy Boge



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Now available as webcasts...

the OK Mozart International Festival

Broadcast Series 2014!



Edition 1A      Edition 1B

Edition 2A      Edition 2B

Edition 3A      Edition 3B

Edition 4A     Edition 4B



Meet Peter Markes, Oklahoma's 2014 Teacher of the Year, and hear the Edmond North Orchestra from OK Youth in Classical here!  




Performance Oklahoma

Program Sampler   



Program excerpts from recent    

Performance Oklahoma





 OKC Philharmonic

Classics 3

Garrick Ohlsson







Tulsa Opera


The Marriage of Figaro




Canterbury Choral Society

OCU Bass School of Music


Leonard Bernstein's MASS


Jamie Bernstein





OKC Philharmonic 

Classics 2 

Jennifer Koh







 Alexander Schimpf

Armstrong Auditorium





The Norman Philharmonic

Meet the Composer


Michael Daugherty



University of Central Oklahoma

College of Fine Arts & Design


Brad Bennight







Chamber Music in Oklahoma

 Rachel Barton Pine and Matthew Hagle 




Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble


Gloria Chien






Recent Program Archive



This week Performance Oklahoma presents the OKC Philharmonic in their second Classics concert of the season featuring guest violinist Jennifer Koh and works by Smetana, Barber and Beethoven on KCSC and on KWTU offers Editions 3 and 4 of the 2012 OKM Broadcast series.


Performance Oklahoma presents harpsichord artist and builder Brad Bennight in his dedication recital of the University of Central Oklahoma's new Bennight harpsichord, commissioned by the University's Center for Historical Performance.


Performance Oklahoma presents the Hermitage Trio in an all Russian program, offered by Chamber Music in Oklahoma in Founders Concert marking the start of their new season of concerts.


Performance Oklahoma presents the OKC Philharmonic in their Grand Opening night concert marking the start of the Philharmonic's 25th anniversary season. The concert featured guest pianist Andrew von Oeyen and works by Wolf-Ferrari, Saint-Saens and Tchaikovsky.


Performance Oklahoma presents the Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma's season opening program featuring guest pianist Gloria Chien and works by Samuel Barber, Ludwig van Beethoven and Erich Wolfgang Korngold.

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