Performance Oklahoma



Producer/Host Kimberly Powell   


Performance Oklahoma



 Wednesday, December 17th



Marking their 12th anniversary year, the Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma presented their second program of the new season offered in duo venues;  at All Soul’s Episcopal Church on Monday, November 17th and at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral on Tuesday, November 18th.   Entitled Austrian and German Masterworks for Winds, the program celebrates the rich history of chamber music writing for wind instruments and features Two Chorale Preludes of Johann Sebastian Bach, Kleine Kammermusik Op 24, No. 2 of Paul Hindemith, Jugend, Op 139a of Sigfrid Karg-Elert, the Humoresque for Woodwind Quintet of Alexander von Zemlinsky and the Quintet for Piano and Winds, Op 16 of Ludwig van Beethoven.  Tune in to Classical KUCO on Wednesday evening, December 17th at 8pm!


Saturday, December 20th



Celebrating its 36th season, a Christmas Vespers is presented each year at Oklahoma City University.  250 University singers and instrumentalists gather to offer the service designed to acknowledge the Advent season.  A collage of music, much of it from the great choral composers of this century and centuries past also includes songs and carols from many traditions; each of these works prefaced by a reading of scripture or poetry.  The program was offered on Friday, December 12th and on Saturday, December 13th at First Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma City, and features four University choirs, special guest organist Louise Bass, guest narrator James A Pickel and the Vespers Orchestra, each service opening and concluding  in candlelight.   Featured works include Bless the Lord, O my Soul by Jonathan Dove, Noel Des Enfants Qui n'ont plus de maison of Claude Debussy, There is no Rose from A Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten, John Rutter's What Sweeter Music, the Magnificat of Arvo Pärt, the Finale from The Christmas Cantata of Arthur Honegger and more! Hear this special program for the holiday season on Performance Oklahoma Saturday morning, December 20th at 8am and again on Wednesday evening, December 24th at 8pm.


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 pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet





Pianist Sergio Monteiro

The Juilliard Quartet




 "World Traveling Violin" with Cyrus Beroukhim

"Music of War and Remembrance"





Arnaud Sussmann and Orion Weiss






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  

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!    

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Performance Oklahoma

Program Sampler   



Program excerpts from recent    

Performance Oklahoma





 OKC Philharmonic

25th Anniversary Season

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 

25th Anniversary Season

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 Classics 3 from the OKC Philharmonic with guest violinist Phillipe Quint and the final edition from the OK Mozart radio broadcast series this season.


Performance Oklahoma presents The Pacifica Quartet in the second concert of the new season offered by Chamber Music in Oklahoma, featuring works by Haydn, Puccini, Mendelssohn and a new quartet written for them by Shulamit Ran.


Performance Oklahoma presents the tenth edition of the OK Mozart radio broadcast series featuring the Festival's 2014 semi-staged concert performance of Mozart's final masterpiece opera, The Magic Flute!


Performance Oklahoma presents Chamber Music in Oklahoma's season opening Founders Concert featuring the Pasquier Trio in works by Mozart, Schubert, Schoenberg, Schnittke and Beethoven.


Performance Oklahoma presents Edition Nine of the OK Mozart broadcast series featuring the 2014 Festival's Grand Finale concert with Amici New York and Constantine Kitsopoulos in the Posthorn Symphony of Mozart and the Choral Symphony of Beethoven!