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

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 10th through the 13th at the School of Music, the Radke Fine Arts Theatre and Mitchell Hall Theatre.

Coming up later this month, Performance Oklahoma is delighted to present a series of performances from the 2014 OKM Festival!

Chamber Music in Oklahoma this week

"The Music of France" • Program Three
from 
the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble!

Since 2003, the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble has offered Oklahoma audiences a regular season of chamber music performances presented by an ensemble of musicians largely based in the Oklahoma City metro area and special guest artists.

This week Performance Oklahoma presents "The Music of France", Program One, from the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble!

Community! Edition 4 - The Oklahoma City Symphonic Band

Enjoy a preview sample featuring the OKC Symphonic Band here from this program, which airs Saturday evening, July 12th at 8 on Classical 88.7-1.

Edition 1 at 8:00 pm

Performance Oklahoma launched the interview phase of the Community series with a visit to Oklahoma Christian University to meet conductor John Fletcher and several members of the Oklahoma Community Orchestra who celebrate their 30th anniversary year this season. 

First winning the 2008 German Music Competition a distinction no pianist had earned for 14 years, Alexander Schimpf traveled the following year to Vienna where he won the International Beethoven Competition, and in 2011 to New York City’s Carnegie Hall and Cleveland where he picked up the Mixon First Prize and the Audience Favorite Award at the Cleveland International Piano Competition.

Performance Oklahoma presents Encore! Profiles: Edition One Gregory Lee

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.

Shane Bevel

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!

Al Torres Photography

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 in 2008, drawing from the musical lineage of both the Vermeer and Guarneri Quartets.

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 10th 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 new

The Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble presents Transcendental Doxology

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 Catholic Church in Oklahoma City, the ensemble offered the String Quartet in F Major, Op 74, No.

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 Françaix and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

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.

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.

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 projects in music education to life! 

Shane Bevel

Elmer Gantry, Tulsa Opera’s second main stage opera this season, was presented on Friday, February 28th at 7:30pm and Sunday, March 2nd 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 after evangelists Billy Sunday and Aimee Semple McP

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.

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 at the University of Oklahoma and Concertmaster of the OKC Philharmonic, Gregory also plays regularly with several Oklahoma based chamber ensembles. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet appeared at Armstrong Auditorium on Monday, April 29th 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.

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