Performance Oklahoma




Host/Producer Kimberly Powell

receives Governor's Arts Award!


Kimberly Powell, KUCO's radio’s mid-day host, Director of Production and Syndication, 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   


This week

Performance Oklahoma



Canterbury Choral Society



 A German Requiem by Johannes Brahms


The requiem of Johannes Brahms was first heard in public performance on Good Friday in 1868 in Bremen Cathedral, a highly personal and intimate portrait of the composer emerging in this sacred but non-liturgical piece which reshaped Brahms’ career.   Though portions of the second movement were  part of an earlier symphony begun in 1854 in response to Robert Schumann's attempted suicide, a more immediate impetus for the work as a whole was the death of Brahms' mother in 1865.  Well-tutored from youth in Scripture, Brahms retained a love for Biblical language and pieced together a text celebrating the seasons of life, fusing Old and New Testament verses into a distinctive and unique “Protestant reflection on death, an affirmation of personal faith and courage and of consolation for the living,” as Lionel Salter describes it. The creation of the work also coincides with the composer's most intensive period of study of early music taking inspiration from George Frideric Handel, Johann Sebastian Bach and Heinrich Schutz. 

Canterbury Choral Society offered its final concert of the current season featuring A German Requiem of Johannes Brahms   on Saturday, March 8th at the  Civic Center Music Hall in downtown Oklahoma City.  Featuring guest soprano, Esther Jane Hardenbergh, guest  baritone Terrance Brown, the Society was also joined by the Oklahoma City University Chamber Choir and University Singers and the Oklahoma City PhilharmonicPerformance Oklahoma presents the Requiem of Johannes Brahms with the Canterbury Choral Society in three special Holy Week broadcasts. Tune in Wednesday, April 16th at 8:00pm and on Saturday, April 19th at 8am on KUCO/KBCW and at 8pm on KWTU 




Upcoming programs 

on Performance Oklahoma!



Menahem Pressler




and the New York Soloists Orchestra

from Armstrong Auditorium






 Transcendental Doxology



Chamber Music in Oklahoma



 The Fine Arts Quartet



The OKC Philharmonic



with Yo-Yo Ma





 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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Flutist Marina Piccinini

and harpist Yolanda Kondonassis

talk about teaching here!



Pianist Conrad Tao answers questions

from young Oklahoma pianists here !


Photo by Nadja Kilchhofer



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 continues with Community. In the third edition of the series celebrating classical music-making in community settings we meet pianist and entrepreneur Virginia Campbell and hear performances from her Piano Artist Series now in its 31st season.


Performance Oklahoma presents the first and second editions of new series Community spotlighting classical music-making in community settings. In Edition 1 we meet John Fletcher and members of the OK Community Orchestra and hear performances from their Young Artist Concert given this past April and in Edition 2 we'll learn about the Edmond Community Chorale from Karl Nelson and chorale members and hear several performances from recent seasons.


Performance Oklahoma presents the fourth and final edition of Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma's Schubert and Friends Festival featuring two works: the first clarinet quartet of Bernhard Henrik Crusell and the Octet in F Major for strings and winds by Franz Schubert.


Performance Oklahoma presents Edition 3 from Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma's Schubert and Friends Festival held this past May. Featured in this program are performances of Mozart's Clarinet Quintet, the world premiere of Quasi una Fantasia by Christopher Theofanidis and Franz Schubert's Piano Trio No. 1 in B-flat Major.


Performance Oklahoma offers Edition 2 from the Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma's Schubert and Friends Chamber Music Festival held this past May. The Piano Sonata No. 13 in A Major, and the 2nd Piano Trio by Franz Schubert as well as the Grand Duo Concertante of Carl Maria von Weber with guest clarinetist David Shifrin were the featured works.

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