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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 at Santa Fe Plaza in downtown Oklahoma City. The program features the Oklahoma City Philharmonic's Classics Series concerts and performances from Canterbury Voices, Armstrong Auditorium, Chamber Music in Oklahoma, the Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma, the Norman Philharmonic, the Kemp Concert Series, the Tactus Chamber Orchestra and Vocal Ensemble, the Lawton Philharmonic and has also offered performances from the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, Tulsa Opera, Chamber Music Tulsa, the OK Mozart Festival,  the McKnight Center for the Performing Arts, Oklahoma Virtuosi and guest artist and special concerts from Oklahoma’s universities and other series across the State.  Performance Oklahoma has also offered documentary programs focused on Oklahoma youth in classical music and classical community ensembles, as well as profiles on Oklahoma musicians.   Kimberly has met and interviewed nationally and internationally acclaimed musical artists for the program which is noted for its balance of music and insightful commentary as well as fine editing.  

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 an Oklahoma Travel Industry Red Bud Award.   Since 2011 Performance Oklahoma has secured grants from the Kirkpatrick Foundation and is sponsored locally by RK Black, Armstrong Auditorium and Hudiburg Subaru of Oklahoma.  In 2013 the program began weekly broadcasts on Public Radio Tulsa's KWTU (2013-2020)and Kimberly was honored with a Governor’s Art Award (Media in the Arts,) receiving 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 8am and in November of 2014, the program began airing on KCSC, 95.9 Woodward.   Performance Oklahoma has enjoyed steady listenership and growth over the years, received yearly funding grants from the Kirkpatrick Foundation, and has always enjoyed underwriting support from a number of local sponsors.  In 2017, the program achieved a weekly listenership of 5000, marked its 10th anniversary of broadcasting in 2018 and presented an acclaimed season of newly produced encore broadcasts from the PO archive in 2020-21; generously re-released by musicians and ensembles locally and worldwide, the programs now produced in its brand new digital studio at Santa Fe Plaza in downtown Oklahoma City.  



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