Producer/Host Kimberly Powell
Spirit of America
with Jerod Tate, Edward Knight
and the OKC Philharmonic!
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!
on Performance Oklahoma!
Wu Man and the Shanghai String Quartet
Oklahoma City Philharmonic Classics 4
Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble
Cellist Francesco Mastromatteo
from Oklahoma City University
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.
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 Voices, Tulsa Opera, Chamber Music Tulsa, the Kemp Concert Series, and 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, Rachel Barton Pine, Midori, Garrick Ohlsson, Yolanda Kondonassis, 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, Augustin Hadelich, Susanna Phillips, Sasha Cooke, Simone Lamsma, Andrew von Oeyen, Joshua Roman and gold medalists of the Van Cliburn International Competition Jon Nakamatsu, 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 2011-2016 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 and photo of Paul Neubauer: Emiliano Loconsolo)
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