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




Frederic Chopin famously wrote "Simplicity is the highest goal, achievable when you have overcome all difficulties. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art."  Cuban born American pianist Horacio Gutierrez returns to Oklahoma to join the OKC Philharmonic  in his sixth appearance with the ensemble over the course of his career.  Offering Chopin’s Piano Concerto No 1 in e minor in the Philharmonic's second Classics concert of the new season which also features the third symphony of Johannes Brahms, the concert was presented  on Saturday, October 4th at the Civic Center Music Hall in downtown Oklahoma City. 

Performance Oklahoma is heard each week on Wednesday evening at 8pm and Saturday morning at 8am on Classical KUCO and Saturday evening at 8pm on Classical KWTU



Coming up

on Performance Oklahoma!



with violinist 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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the OK Mozart International Festival

Broadcast Series 2014!



Edition 1A      Edition 1B 

Edition 2A      Edition 2B 

Edition 3A      Edition 3B 

Edition 4A     Edition 4B 

Edition 5A     Edition 5B 

Edition 6A     Edition 6B

Edition 7A     Edition 7B 



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 second of two opening concerts offered by the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble who mark their twelfth season with a program entitled "Poetic Portraits" featuring guest baritone Randall Scarlata.


Performance Oklahoma presents the final chamber music program of the OK Mozart radio broadcast series featuring pianist Jon Kimura Parker and the Miró Quartet performing from the Festival 2013.


Performance Oklahoma presents two programs this week: on Wednesday, the OKC Philharmonic's Opening Night concert, marking the start of their 26th season and on Saturday, the Opening Festival Concert from OK Mozart 2014, Edition Seven of the OK Mozart radio broadcast series.


Performance Oklahoma presents the sixth edition of the OK Mozart radio broadcast series featuring the Miró Quartet in works by Franz Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Schubert.


Performance Oklahoma offers the fifth edition of the OK Mozart radio broadcast series featuring performances from Festivals 2013 and 2014 of music by Beethoven, Schubert, Haydn and Mozart by the Miró Quartet and the Amici NY Wind Sextet.

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