Performance Oklahoma

  

Producer/Host Kimberly Powell   

 

 

This week

on Performance Oklahoma!

Encore

 

Anton Armstrong and the St. Olaf Choir

 

Kemp Concert Series

 

The St. Olaf Choir and conductor Anton Armstrong embarked on a national winter tour this past January, offering seventeen concerts in ten heartland states and appeared in Oklahoma City on the Kemp Concert Series at First Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, February 3rd.  Founded 104 years ago at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, the St. Olaf Choir is internationally recognized as the creative force behind America's a cappella choral tradition, and for setting a high standard for choral performance, particularly its artistry and beauty of sound.  Only the fourth conductor in the history of the ensemble, Anton Armstrong leads the ensemble in a diverse program of music which includes sacred and secular masterworks for a cappella choir as well as pieces for chorus and grand pipe organ featuring James E Bobb, Assistant Professor of Organ and Church Music at St. Olaf College, works honoring the memory of the Choir's third conductor, Kenneth Jennings, premiere performances of André Thomas’ Credo, Kurt Weill's Kiddush, O Vos Omnes from The Lamentations of Jeremiah by Alberto Ginastera marking the 100th anniversary of the Latin American composer's birth, a selection of spirituals, and a setting by St. Olaf choir member Philip Biedenbender.  The program also features commentary from Dr. Armstrong as well as two members of the Choir, soprano Alexandra Mauney and tenor Jocque Warner.   

The Kemp Concert Series is named in honor of John & Helen Kemp, icons in the world of church music and long-time members of First Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma City from 1949-1968 and 1983-86, both serving in the Church’s Ministry of Music.  An indelible part of the history of First Presbyterian, the series honors both John and Helen as gifted musicians and as friends. Concerts take place at the Church located at 1001 NW 25th Street in Oklahoma City.  More information about the Series guided by First Presbyterian's Director of Music and Arts, Warren Puffer Jones, can be found at http://www.kempconcerts.org 

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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, the broadcasts on Tulsa airwaves this season historic firsts for the OKC Philharmonic! 

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Coming up

on Performance Oklahoma! 

  

 

Classics 8 

  

  

OKC Philharmonic Gala

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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 of live 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. 

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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, the Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma, the OK Mozart International Festival, Armstrong Auditorium, the Norman Philharmonic, the Canterbury Choral Society, Tulsa Opera, Chamber Music Tulsa, 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 for the program including Steven Isserlis, Stephen Hough, Marc-André Hamelin, André Watts, Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Nathan Gunn,  Louie Lortie, Avi Avital, Barry Douglas, Midori, Garrick Ohlsson, Colin Currie,  Paul Neubauer and colleagues from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, members of the Tokyo, Guarneri,  Juilliard and Takács Quartets, and many others and a number of exciting young international artists including Conrad Tao, Sarah Coburn, Shai Wosner, Julie Albers, Augustin Hadelich, Stefan Jackiw, Sasha Cooke, Simone Lamsma, Joshua Roman 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 Red Bud Award. The 2010 and 2011 OK Mozart International Festival chamber music broadcast series' were offered by KXMS Fine Arts Radio International in Joplin, Missouri and by KWTU Classical in Tulsa, Oklahoma.    From 2011-2015 Performance Oklahoma secured grants from the Kirkpatrick Foundation and sponsorship from locally owned Homeland Grocery Stores, Hudiburg Subaru of Oklahoma and Armstrong Auditorium and in 2014, added the sponsorship of RK Black.  In March of 2013, the program began weekly broadcasts 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! In November of 2014, the program began airing on KCSC, 95.9 Woodward!   

 (Photo of Sarah Coburn: Images by Ervin Photography, Dario Acosta and Stacy Boge)

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Performance Oklahoma

Program Sampler 

 

 

 Excerpts from

Performance Oklahoma

 2015-2016

 

 

The Takács Quartet

Chamber Music Tulsa

 

 

 

Emanual Ax

OKC Philharmonic

Classics 1

 

 

                                 

 

 

 

The Juilliard Quartet

Armstrong Auditorium

 

 

 

   

 

  

 

Joshua Roman

OKC Philharmonic

Classics 3

  

    

          

      

 

       

Joshua Bell

and Sam Haywood

Armstrong Auditorium

 

 

 

 

  

Stephen Hough

OKC Philharmonic

Classics 4

              

 

 

Avi Avital and the

Venice Baroque Orchestra

Armstrong Auditorium

 

 

 

 

  

 The New Orford Quartet

Chamber Music in Oklahoma

 

 

 

Recent Programs Archive 

05/18/16

05/18/16
Performance Oklahoma offers an encore broadcast featuring the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble in "Piano and Friends."

05/11/16

05/11/16
Performance Oklahoma presents the Gryphon Trio in an all French program of piano trios, the ensemble guests of Chamber Music in Oklahoma.

05/04/16

05/04/16
Performance Oklahoma presents Classics 7 with the OKC Philharmonic and guest soprano Sarah Coburn, the program entitled "A Night at the Opera."

04/27/16

04/27/16
Performance Oklahoma presents the Polish Baltic Philharmonic in an all Beethoven program from Armstrong Auditorium.

04/20/16

04/20/16
Performance Oklahoma presents the Jupiter String Quartet, guests of Chamber Music in Oklahoma in their fourth concert of the season offering works by Beethoven, Ligeti and Smetana.

04/13/16

04/13/16
Performance Oklahoma offered an encore of a program featuring The Thirteen, the ensemble in residence at the University of Central Oklahoma this past November.

04/06/16

04/06/16
Performance Oklahoma presents the OKC Philharmonic and guest pianist Jon Nakamatsu in Classics 6 and works by Prokofiev and Grieg.

03/30/16

03/30/16
Performance Oklahoma offers a retrospective edition of excerpts from recent programs.

03/23/16

03/23/16
Performance Oklahoma presents The St. Olaf Choir with Anton Armstrong from First Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma City, the concert presented by the Kemp Concert Series.

03/16/16

03/16/16
Performance Oklahoma presents Quatuor Danel, the guest ensemble on Chamber Music in Oklahoma's third concert this season and offering an all Russian program.

03/09/16

03/09/16
Performance Oklahoma presents the OKC Philharmonic with guest conductor Robert Moody and guest violinist Andrea Segar, the concert the fifth of the Classics series this season.

03/02/16

03/02/16
Performance Oklahoma presents an encore program featuring violinist Joshua Bell and pianist Sam Haywood from Armstrong Auditorium.

02/24/16

02/24/16
Performance Oklahoma presents the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble with guest pianist Tanya Bannister in the third concert this season "Piano and Friends."

02/17/16

02/17/16
Performance Oklahoma presents "Chopin on the Cello" with cellist Sara Sant'Ambrogio and pianist Ryan Malone from Armstrong Auditorium.

02/10/16

02/10/16
Performance Oklahoma presents the OKC Philharmonic and guest pianist Stephen Hough in Classics 4 and works by Tchaikovsky and Dvořák.