Performance Oklahoma



Producer/Host Kimberly Powell   




Performance Oklahoma

returns in September

with an exciting lineup of new programs! 

Stay tuned...


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 Takács Quartet!





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.    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, 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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Performance Oklahoma

Interview Sampler


Have a listen to a selection of remarkable interviews recorded for Performance Oklahoma programs!






Performance Oklahoma

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 OKC Philharmonic in their Classics Series Season Finale and an encore of Avi Avital and the Venice Baroque Orchestra at Armstrong Auditorium.


Performance Oklahoma presents the final concert of the regular season offered by the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble entitled "The Piano Quartet" and given on Tuesday, April 21st.


Performance Oklahoma presents The New Orford String Quartet offering works by Haydn, Brahms and Canadian composer Tim Brady, the ensemble the guests of Chamber Music in Oklahoma on Sunday, April 12th.


Performance Oklahoma presents "An Evening with the King's Singers" who appeared at Armstrong Auditorium on Tuesday, February 24th offering a program ranging from English Renaissance madrigals to selections from The Great American Songbook.


Performance Oklahoma presents the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble in their fourth program this season entitled "War and Remembrance" and featuring works by Stravinsky, Elgar and Schoenfield.