Program Overview

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Performance Oklahoma  

Program Overview


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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, 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 program began weekly broadcasts on Public Radio Tulsa’s KWTU 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.   The program has enjoyed steady listenership and growth over the nine years of its broadcasting with Nielsen Tapscan Radio Analysis recording listener cume for the 2017 Fall quarter at a historic high of 5000 listeners each week. 



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