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.

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Performance Oklahoma presents Encore! Profiles: Edition One Gregory Lee Offering a recital with pianist Stephanie Shames in Pitman Recital Hall at the University of Oklahoma on Sunday, November 17th, on the University's Sutton Concert Series, Gregory also performed the program in Oklahoma City on Sunday, November 10th at the First Unitarian Church, donating all proceeds to the United Way Tornado Relief Fund for Oklahoma victims of last May’s storms. Currently an Associate Professor of Violin...

The Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma presented their fifth series of concerts this season on Monday, April 7th at All Soul's Episcopal Church and on Tuesday, April 8th at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral. The program, entitled And Legions will Rise featured works variously scored for clarinet, strings and marimba by Carl Maria von Weber, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Louis Spohr and Edward Knight and takes its name from the Title of the final piece of the program by Kevin Puts. Oklahoma City’s...

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From Tulsa Opera's final main stage production this season offered on Friday, May 2nd and Sunday, May 4th at Chapman Music Hall in the Tulsa Performing Arts Center it's Georges Bizet's irresistible drama Carmen! Starring mezzo-soprano Leann-Sandel-Pantaleo in the title role, tenor Jonathan Burton as Don José, baritone Richard Ollarsaba as Escamillo and soprano Karin Wolverton as Micaëla, the season finale directed by Dean Anthony also features the Tulsa Opera's talented Young Artists, guest...

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Encore! Chamber Music in Oklahoma The Dover Quartet The prize winning Dover Quartet swept the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition, winning the Grand Prize as well as all three Special Prizes:. In addition, the Quartet has been named the first Quartet-in-Residence at the Curtis Institute of Music and the Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-In-Residence at the Caramoor Festival for the 2013-14 season. The Grand Prize-winner of the 2010 Fischoff Competition, the Dover formed at Curtis...

American composer David Maslanka was a special guest artist of the University of Central Oklahoma’s College of Fine Arts and Design ; the composer and his works presented in a series of workshops and performances featuring UCO faculty and students, March 10 th through the 13th at the School of Music, the Radke Fine Arts Theatre and Mitchell Hall Theatre . The residency centered around the UCO Wind Symphony 's performance and Oklahoma premier of Maslanka’s newly composed work “Remember Me”...

The Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble presents Transcendental Doxology On Monday, March 10th at all Soul's Episcopal Church and on Tuesday, March 11th at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, the Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma offered their fourth series of concerts this season featuring Oklahoma's own! special guest cellist Joshua Roman. In this program we'll hear Felix Mendelssohn's second piano trio ("Doxology") and Franz Schubert's "Transcendental" String Quintet in C Major. Joshua and guest...

Described by the Washington Post as "one of the gold-plated names in chamber music," the Fine Arts Quartet ranks among the most distinguished ensembles of our time, with an illustrious history of performing success and an extensive recording legacy. Founded in Chicago in 1946 and based at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee since 1963, the Quartet has recorded and toured internationally for over half a century. Presented by Chamber Music in Oklahoma on Sunday, April 6th at Christ the King...

Celebrating eleven seasons of performances, the Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma presented its third pair of concerts this past January; the first on Monday, January 20th at All Soul’s Episcopal Church and the second on Tuesday, January 21st at St Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Oklahoma City. The program, entitled Shanties, Songs and Serenades, designed to spotlight chamber music for wind quintet and winds with piano featured works by Malcolm Arnold, David Maslanka , György Ligeti , Jean...

This week Performance Oklahoma presents the New York Chamber Soloists Orchestra and pianist Menahem Pressler from Armstrong Auditorium On Tuesday, March 18th the Armstrong International Cultural Foundation’s Performing Arts Series welcomed the New York Chamber Soloists Orchestra and pianist Menahem Pressler to Armstrong Auditorium for an evening devoted to works for chamber orchestra and solo piano. Now in its sixth decade, The New York Chamber Soloists Orchestra offer an expansive repertoire...

UPDATE - This special program will be heard Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 8:00 pm, preempting Exploring Music . It was not broadcast last Saturday the 19th as scheduled due to technical problems. The requiem of Johannes Brahms was first heard in public performance on Good Friday in 1868 in Bremen Cathedral, a highly personal and intimate portrait of the composer emerging in this sacred but non-liturgical piece which reshaped Brahms’ career. Though portions of the second movement were part of...

Five celebrated musicians make up the legendary Canadian Brass offering their own unique blend of virtuosity, spontaneity and humor in concerts, presenting a wide-ranging repertoire spanning five centuries of classical music as well as Dixieland, Latin, jazz, blues, gospel, Broadway, holiday, ragtime and more! Now in their fourth decade the Quintet maintains an extensive world-wide touring schedule, continues to add to a discography of over 100 albums and to bring innovative and pioneering...

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Elmer Gantry, Tulsa Opera’ s second main stage opera this season, was presented on Friday, February 28 th at 7: 30pm and Sunday, March 2 nd at 2: 30pm in Chapman Music Hall of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Directed by Kristine McIntyre, the production stars baritone Keith Phares who created the role of Elmer Gantry in the world premier in Nashville in 2007 and starred in Florentine Opera’s 2010 Grammy Award winning recording and Kirstin Chavez as Sharon Falconer, these characters modeled...

In September of 2013, composer John Mackey joined the Norman Philharmonic for several days of rehearsals and educational programs involving the Norman Public Schools. His residency culminated in a full length concert marking the start of the orchestra's third season and was presented on Sunday, September 15th at the Nancy O'Brian Center for the Performing Arts in Norman, Oklahoma. The program, the third in the ensemble's "Meet the Composer" series offered three works by Mackey: Harvest:...

Offering a recital with pianist Stephanie Shames in Pitman Recital Hall at the University of Oklahoma on Sunday, November 17 th , on the University's Sutton Concert Series, Gregory also performed the program in Oklahoma City on Sunday, November 10th at the First Unitarian Church, donating all proceeds to the United Way Tornado Relief Fund for Oklahoma victims of last May’s storms. Currently an Associate Professor of Violin at the University of Oklahoma and Concertmaster of the OKC...

The prize winning Dover Quartet swept the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition, winning the Grand Prize as well as all three Special Prizes:. In addition, the Quartet has been named the first Quartet-in-Residence at the Curtis Institute of Music and the Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-In-Residence at the Caramoor Festival for the 2013-14 season. The Grand Prize-winner of the 2010 Fischoff Competition, the Dover formed at Curtis in 2008, drawing from the musical lineage of both the...

In the 9th edition of the broadcast series celebrating chamber music performances from the 2012 OK Mozart International Festival, violinist Ani Kavafian joins pianist Anna Polonsky to offer Robert Schumann’s Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano, a work written late in the composer’s life. We’ll also hear a performance of three songs scored for voice, viola and piano by three 19th century French masters of melody presented by mezzo soprano Sasha Cooke, violist Paul Neubauer and pianist Anna...

Praised for its breathtaking performances, flawless technique, and visionary interpretations, the Meccorre Quartet won second prize – and three additional special prizes – at the London International String Quartet Competition at Wigmore Hall in April 2012. Formed by four of Europe’s most celebrated young string players in 2007 the Quartet now performs extensively throughout the continent. The Quartet’s debut tour in North America is taking place in November 2013 and their first stop was in...

Celebrating eleven seasons of performances, the Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma presented its third pair of concerts this past January; the first on Monday, January 20th at All Soul’s Episcopal Church and the second on Tuesday, January 21st at St Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral. The program, entitled Shanties, Songs and Serenades , designed to spotlight chamber music for wind quintet and winds with piano featured works by Malcolm Arnold, David Maslanka, György Ligeti, Jean Françaix and Wolfgang...

Performance Oklahoma presents editions 7 & 8 of the 2012 OK Mozart Chamber Music Broadcast Series! In the first hour violist Paul Neubauer joins pianist Orion Weiss to play the Marchenbilder Op 113 and the Romance Op 94 No. 2 by Robert Schumann, offering the audience a richly hued glimpse into the composer as child and genius and kicking off the Festival’s morning concert series. Mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke and pianist Orion Weiss join Paul to present songs by Sergei Rachmaninov , written...

Commissioned to build a harpsichord for the University of Central Oklahoma's new Center for Historical Performance , Brad Bennight delivered the dazzling new instrument to the College of Fine Arts and Design and offered a dedication concert on Saturday, October 5th in the Radke Fine Arts Theatre in the University’s Center for Transformative Learning . The program selected to show off the unique qualities and rich resonance of the eight foot double manual French instrument includes works by...

The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet appeared at Armstrong Auditorium on Monday, April 29 th in the the Armstrong International Cultural Foundation’s season finale concert. Founded in 1988, during the era of Herbert von Karajan , the ensemble became the first permanently established wind quintet in the famous orchestra's rich tradition of chamber music. The program featured two works by Mozart for organ, arranged for the ensemble by flutist Michael Hasel , the Wind Quintet No. 1 by Jean...

The Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma opened their eleventh season of concerts with a program entitled “Souvenirs for an Archduke.” Offered in duo venues: Monday, September 16 th at All Soul’s Episcopal Church and Tuesday, September 17 th, the program featured returning guest pianist Gloria Chien and excerpts from the charming and elegant Souvenirs: Suite for Piano Four Hands Op 28 by Samuel Barber, Ludwig van Beethoven's noble and heroic Piano Trio No. 7 in B-flat Major, Op 97 (Archduke) and...

Chamber Music in Oklahoma presented the first concert of the new season on Sunday, October 6th at Christ the King Catholic Church in Oklahoma City. Descending from the great Russian musical tradition, the Trio is distinguished by its exuberant musicality, interpretative range, and sumptuous sound and is made up of three musicians with noted solo careers; violinist Misha Keylin , cellist Sergey Antonov and pianist Maxim Mogilevsky . The Founders Concert, marking Chamber Music in Oklahoma's...

Five celebrated musicians make up the legendary Canadian Brass offering their own unique blend of virtuosity, spontaneity and humor in concerts, presenting a wide-ranging repertoire spanning five centuries of classical music as well as Dixieland, Latin, jazz, blues, gospel, Broadway, holiday, ragtime and more! Now in their fourth decade the Quintet maintains an extensive world-wide touring schedule, continues to add to a discography of over 100 albums and to bring innovative and pioneering...

One of the most dynamic and exciting world-class ensembles of its generation, the Borealis String Quartet has received international critical acclaim as an ensemble praised for its fiery performances, passionate style, and refined, musical interpretation. Founded in Vancouver, British Columbia in the fall of 2000 and rapidly establishing a stellar reputation, the Borealis has toured extensively in North America and performed to enthusiastic sold-out audiences in major cities across North...

Celebrating its 35 th season, a Christmas Vespers is presented each year at Oklahoma City University . 250 University singers and instrumentalists gathered to offer the service, designed to acknowledge the Advent season. A collage of music, much of it from the great choral composers of this century and centuries past also includes songs and carols from many traditions; each of these works prefaced by a reading of scripture or poetry. The program, entitled Sing God is Love, was offered on...

Performance Oklahoma presents editions 5 and 6 from the 2012 OK Mozart International Festival Chamber Music series. In the first hour, devoted to music by Robert Schumann cellist Peter Wiley and pianist Anna Polonsky performt the composer’s Drei Fantasiestucke Op 73 and the Adagio and Allegro Op 70 and mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke and baritone Kelly Markgraf join pianist Orion Weiss to present a duet and six songs. And in the second hour cellist Peter Wiley returns with violinist Ani Kavafian...

The Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma presented their second series of concerts on Monday, November 4th at All Soul's Episcopal Church and on Tuesday, November 5th at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral. The programs, elegantly titled "Sonata Evening" offered five contrasting duo sonatas featuring flute, oboe, and violin with piano by Camille Saint-Saëns , Robert Schumann, Francis Poulenc , Ludwig van Beethoven and Sergei Prokofiev . Music for one becomes chamber with two and this program offers a...

Praised for its breathtaking performances, flawless technique, and visionary interpretations, the Meccorre Quartet won second prize – and three additional special prizes – at the London International String Quartet Competition at Wigmore Hall in April 2012. Formed by four of Europe’s most celebrated young string players in 2007 the Quartet now performs extensively throughout the continent. The Quartet’s debut tour in North America is taking place in November 2013 and their first stop was in...

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Listen to the program promo here ! As artistic director Kostis Protopapas writes in the October 2013 edition of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center's Intermission : "Each new season is an exciting journey in music, word, imagery and emotion and I can't think of a better place to begin this year's journey than Mozart's most perfect opera The Marriage of Figaro ! From the immortal Overture and the comedic genius of the Act II Finale, to the unsurpassed beauty of "Dove sono " and the small miracles...

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