Performance Oklahoma



Producer/Host Kimberly Powell   



Performance Oklahoma




The OKC Philharmonic



with cellist Julie Albers!

Tracing its roots to the city’s first professional orchestra in 1924, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic formed in 1988 under the musical direction of Joel Levine with the help of dedicated civic leaders and corporations and marks it's 26th year this season.  With performances from September through May, the Philharmonic presents a series of eight Classics concerts and six pairs of Pops concerts each season and offers regional performances and many educational outreach concerts, including the Discovery Series and Youth Concerts to area school children and families.

The OKC Philharmonic offered their fifth Classics concert this season with guest cellist Julie Albers on Saturday February 7th at the Civic Center Music Hall in downtown Oklahoma City.  Recognized for her artistry, her charismatic and radiant performing style, and her musicianship, Julie Albers made her major orchestral debut with the Cleveland Orchestra in 1998, and thereafter has performed in recital and with orchestras throughout North America, Europe, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea and will become the new principal cellist of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in the Fall of 2015.  Ms. Albers joined the Philharmonic to play the Cello Concerto in e minor, Op 85 of Edward Elgar in a program entitled "Mystery and Magic" which also included the Pavane for a Dead Princess by Maurice Ravel and the Overture and four selections from A Midsummer Night's Dream by Felix Mendelssohn.    


Encore!  Program Six


with the Miró Quartet 

from OK Mozart! 


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.   Among its offerings, OK Mozart presented 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. 

In the first hour of the sixth edition of the OK Mozart radio broadcast series, Performance Oklahoma presents the final Afternoon Chamber Music Series concert of Festival 2014 offered on June 13th and featuring the Miró Quartet in the String Quartet in d minor, Op 76, No. 2, by Franz Joseph Haydn and the String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op 127 by Ludwig van Beethoven.  In the second hour the Miró Quartet play the String Quartet in d minor, D 810 "Death and the Maiden" by Franz Schubert from the Spencer Prentiss/Becky Wallace Chamber Music Concert offered on Tuesday, June 11th at Festival 2013; both concerts given at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.   Performance recordings were made by Tom Lazarus:  

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!



 The King's Singers!


Avi Avital & the Venice Baroque Orchestra 






Arnaud Sussmann and Orion Weiss





with Louis Lortie! 








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!    

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



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Program Sampler  2014 



Program excerpts from some of this     

past season's Performance Oklahoma




Armstrong Auditorium

The Canadian Brass!





from Tulsa Opera


 Elmer Gantry with

Robert Aldridge

and Herschel Garfein!







The OKC Philharmonic

with Conrad Tao!












Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble  

Joshua Roman  




Jon Kimura Parker 

at OK Mozart






Tulsa Opera













Canterbury Choral Society

Brahms' Requiem  





Profiles! Edition One

with Gregory Lee







Chamber Music in Oklahoma

 The Dover Quartet!





 Tulsa Youth Opera













OK Mozart

 The Miró Quartet!




Recent Program Archive



Performance Oklahoma presents The Juilliard String Quartet from Armstrong Auditorium in a program featuring works by Haydn, Ran and Beethoven and commentary from violinist Joseph Lin.


Performance Oklahoma presents the Norman Philharmonic in their season opening concert marking their 4th year "Meet the Composer" with Jerod Tate and works by Tate, Beethoven and Gregson.


Performance Oklahoma offers the third program of the Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma's current season featuring guest violinist Cyrus Beroukhim and entitled "World Traveling Violin."


Performance Oklahoma presents the OKC Philharmonic's Classics 4 concert with guest pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet and offers an encore of Edition 5 from the OK Mozart International Festival radio broadcast series!


Performance Oklahoma presents Profiles Two featuring pianist Sergio Monteiro in concert and conversation from Armstrong Auditorium, his recital featured works by Mozart, Schumann, Oswald, Chopin and Villa-Lobos.