Performance Oklahoma




Host/Producer Kimberly Powell

receives Governor's Arts Award!


Kimberly Powell, KUCO's radio’s mid-day host, Director of Production and Syndication, 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



the New York Chamber

Soloists Orchestra



 and pianist Menahem Pressler



from Armstrong Auditorium


On Tuesday, March 18th the Armstrong International Cultural Foundation’s Performing Arts Series welcomed the New York Chamber Soloists Orchestra and pianist Menahem Pressler to Armstrong Auditorium for an evening devoted to works for chamber orchestra and solo piano.  Now in its sixth decade, The New York Chamber Soloists Orchestra offer an expansive repertoire of some 300 pieces representing both vocal and instrumental genres written across five centuries and often appear with some of the world's most celebrated soloists.  

Pianist Menahem Pressler has established himself among the world’s most distinguished and honored musicians, with a career that spans almost six decades.  Turning 90 this past December,  Mr. Pressler continues to captivate audiences throughout the world as performer and pedagogue, performing solo and chamber music recitals to great critical acclaim while maintaining a dedicated and robust teaching career.The program features the Romances for Violin and Orchestra by Ludwig van Beethoven, the Rondo for solo piano in a minor, K 511 and the Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat Major, K 595 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Appalachian Spring in the original 13 instrument scoring by Aaron Copland.   

Tune in Wednesday, April 23rd at 8:00pm and on Saturday, April 26th at 8am on KUCO/KBCW and at 8pm on KWTU 




Upcoming programs 

on Performance Oklahoma!







 Transcendental Doxology



Chamber Music in Oklahoma



 The Fine Arts Quartet



The OKC Philharmonic



with Yo-Yo Ma





 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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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 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.


Performance Oklahoma presents "Meet the Composer" with the Norman Philharmonic and guest composer John Mackey. The concert, presented on Sunday, September 15th featured works by Mackey as well as music by Gould, Haydn and Barber.


Performance Oklahoma presents pianist Alexander Schimpf at Armstrong Auditorium this past February. The program includes works by Mozart, Debussy, Kapustin and Ravel and was followed by a performance of Mozart's Kegelstadt Trio from the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble's March program featuring guest violist Miles Hoffman.


Performance Oklahoma celebrates the start of Chamber Music in Oklahoma's new season with an encore of their final concert last season featuring the Ying Quartet performing works by Haydn, Barber and Beethoven.

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