Kimberly Powell

Host, Performance Oklahoma

Kimberly Powell joined the staff at KUCO-FM in Edmond, Oklahoma as an announcer in September of 2007 and assumed the role of Director of Production and Syndication in March of 2008 and Assistant Director of Programming in July of 2011. She is the host and producer of Performance Oklahoma, the station's weekly showcase of local recitals and concerts. Offering new and creative production for event and underwriting promotion as well as for station fund raising, Kimberly has taken the opportunity to establish excellent working relationships with representatives of music and arts organizations throughout the state. Recognized as a savvy and thoughtful interviewer she has hosted many guests to the KUCO studios and off site she has met and interviewed a number of the world's leading musical artists.

Kimberly came to the job well prepared with 25 years of work as a professional collaborative pianist and coach appearing with artists and performers around the country in concerts and master classes and on the National Public Radio series Performance Today. Performances in the Puget Sound region included appearances on The Seattle Flute Society Distinguished Artists Concerts and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra’s Musically Speaking Series, work as an active Board member and performer with the Seattle Young Artists Music Festival and as a coach at the Seattle Conservatory and Pacific Lutheran University. She has also appeared as a guest artist at the International Double-Reed Convention, The Clarinet Symposium, the International Clarinet Association Convention, the National Flute Association Convention and the International Horn Society Conference. Here in Oklahoma she has appeared as a guest artist on the Sutton Faculty Artist and Master Performer Series at OU, the International Clarinet Symposium, the Faculty Concert Series at OSU and SNU, and Guest Artist Series at Quartz Mountain and UCO. Kimberly holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Northwestern University and pursued post-graduate private study with the distinguished English pianist Benjamin Kaplan in London.

Ways to Connect

Continuing its mission to offer a high quality music and cultural Festival for Oklahoma audiences, OK Mozart marked its 31st season this past June, taking a musical trip to Italy, the place where 17 year old Wolfgang received the Papal Order of the Knight of the Golden Spur for his extraordinary musical gifts. Presented June 6th through the 13th, Festival 2015 offered a series of orchestral concerts, chamber music performances and a semi-staged production of Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni, as well as a full program of related cultural activities in its showcase events.

Founded in 1997 by Baroque scholar and harpsichordist Andrea Marcon, the Venice Baroque Orchestra is recognized as one of the premier ensembles devoted to period instrument performance. Touring this season across North America, Italy, Croatia, Germany and Mexico with mandolinist Avi Avital, the ensemble is also featured on a new release from Deutsche Grammophon with Mr. Avital of works by Vivaldi.

Marking their 12th anniversary season the Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma presented their fifth series of concerts on Monday, April 20th at All Soul’s Episcopal Church and Tuesday, April 21st at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Oklahoma City. Featuring pianist Stephen Beus and three quartets for piano and strings, the program opens with Mozart’s Quartet for Piano and Strings No. 2 in E-flat Major, K493, the work among the first written in the genre. The Piano Quartet in a minor, Op 67 of Joaquin Turina, completed in 1931, is suffused with the characteristic grace of Spanish folk music.

The New Orford String Quartet presented by Chamber Music in Oklahoma! Canada’s New Orford String Quartet showcased its “ravishingly beautiful tone” in its first appearance in Oklahoma City, presented by Chamber Music in Oklahoma.

Acclaimed for their virtuosity and irresistible charm, The King’s Singers are admired for their musical excellence and recognized as consummate entertainers; their work appealing to a diverse international audience. They perform over 120 concerts each year, touring regularly to Europe, the United States, Asia and Australia.

Marking their 12th anniversary season the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble presented their fourth series of concerts on March 16th and 17th and offered Paul Schoenfield’s Sparks of Glory, a setting of Holocaust stories by Israeli journalist Moshe Prager, written to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II in 1995. Utilizing folk music idioms of European Jewish communities popular in the 1930s and 40s, the work is scored for chamber ensemble and narrator and features special guest Pamela Richman.

Listen to an excerpt of this program here

Acclaimed as an outstanding ensemble of distinguished virtuosi, performing widely diverse repertoire in creatively programmed concerts, the New York Chamber Soloists have maintained a unique niche in the chamber music world for over five decades. 

The Miró Quartet and pianist Jon Kimura Parker In the final afternoon chamber music concerts presented at the OK Mozart International Festival in 2013, pianist Jon Kimura Parker joined the Miró Quartet to offer the Piano Quintet in A Major, Op 81 of Antonin Dvorak, the String Quartet in e minor Op 59, No. 2  of Ludwig van Beethoven and the Piano Quintet in f minor, Op 34 of Johannes Brahms. 

Chamber music concerts are given at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Bartlesville, Oklahoma and the performance recordings were made by Tom Lazarus:  

Here's a special retrospective program with a couple of sneak previews at the end - upcoming shows with The King's Singers and Avi Avital and the Venice Baroque Orchestra. The program opens with Louis Lortie talking with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.

Performance Oklahoma is heard Saturday evenings at 8pm on Classical 88.7-1!