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   


This week

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. 

In the first hour of the opening broadcast, the Miró Quartet and pianist Jon Kimura Parker offer the Quartettsatz of Franz Schubert, Three Romances for Violin and Piano by Clara Schumann and the Piano Quartet of Robert Schumann from a concert given on Monday, June 9th of 2014.  

To round out the second hour, we'll also hear Beethoven's Op 59, No. 1 Quartet, presented by the Miró Quartet on Monday, June 10th of 2013, both performances given at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Bartlesville.   Performance recordings were made by Tom Lazarus:

Tune in at 8 on Wednesday evening, August 27th and Saturday morning, August 30th to Classical KUCO and Saturday evening, August 30th 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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David Maslanka 

at the University of Central Oklahoma



Guest Residency

at the College of Fine Arts and Design

Performance Oklahoma Webcast

Part 1     Part 2





Flutist Marina Piccinini

and harpist Yolanda Kondonassis

talk about teaching here!



Pianist Conrad Tao answers questions

from young Oklahoma pianists here !


Photo by Nadja Kilchhofer



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



Performance Oklahoma presents an encore, the opening program from the Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma's Tenth Anniversary Season featuring chamber music for winds.


Performance Oklahoma presents an encore program featuring the Parisii Quartet who appeared as the guest ensemble on the second concert of the season presented by Chamber Music in Oklahoma on Sunday, November 11th. The Quartet offered an all French program of works by Chausson, Ravel and Franck.


Performance Oklahoma presents The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet in concert from Armstrong Auditorium. The program offered on Monday, April 29th featured works by Mozart, Françaix, Haas and Foerster and included commentary from hornist Fergus McWilliam.


Performance Oklahoma presents the OKC Philharmonic in their season finale concert entitled "A Globetrotter's Guide to the Orchestra and featuring works by Wagner, Barber, Tchaikovsky, Terracini, Rouse and R. Strauss.


Performance Oklahoma presents The Ying Quartet, the guest ensemble featured on the season finale concert offered by Chamber Music in Oklahoma on Sunday, April 14th.

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