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 Four



with the Miró Quartet

and pianist Jon Kimura Parker!


In the first hour of the fourth program of the OK Mozart broadcast series, Performance Oklahoma presents the third concert of the Festival 2014 Afternoon Chamber Music Series offered on June 11th 2014 and featuring the Miró Quartet and pianist Jon Kimura Parker in the String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op 74 (Harp) by Ludwig van Beethoven, and the Quintet for Piano and Strings in E-flat Major, Op 44 by Robert Schumann.  And in the second hour, the Miró Quartet play Beethoven's Quartet in C Major, Op 59, No. 3, both performances given at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.   Performance recordings were made by Tom Lazarus:

Tune in at 8 on Wednesday evening, September 17th and Saturday morning, September 20th to Classical KUCO and Saturday evening, September 20th  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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during broadcasting here



Now available as webcasts...

the OK Mozart International Festival

Broadcast Series 2014!



Edition 1A      Edition 1B

Edition 2A      Edition 2B

Edition 3A      Edition 3B



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 Edition Three from the OK Mozart International Festivals 2013 and 2014 featuring the MirĂ³ Quartet and the Amici NY Wind Octet in works by Schubert and Beethoven!


Performance Oklahoma offers the second edition of the broadcast series from OK Mozart 2013 and 2014 with two appearances by guest pianist Jon Kimura Parker in works by Rachmaninov, Schubert, Grieg, Hirtz, Joplin and Stravinsky.


Performance Oklahoma launches a new series of programs showcasing concerts from OK Mozart International Festival 2013 and 2014. This first edition featured performances by the MirĂ³ Quartet and pianist Jon Kimura Parker.


Performance Oklahoma presents an encore broadcast featuring commentary and performances celebrating the guest residency of composer David Maslanka at UCO this past March.


In advance of a new series of programs from the 2013 and 2014 OK Mozart Festival, Performance Oklahoma offers an encore from the 2012 Festival broadcast series featuring the Amphion Quartet.

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