Performance Oklahoma on 88.7-1

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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 has featured the Oklahoma City Philharmonic's Classics Series concerts and performances from Chamber Music in Oklahoma, Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma, OK Mozart International Festival, Armstrong Auditorium, the Norman Philharmonic, the Canterbury Choral Society, the Tulsa Opera, Chamber Music Tulsa, guest artist and special concerts from Oklahoma’s universities and other series across the State.

Kimberly has met and interviewed a number of the world's leading musical artists and composers for the program including Steven Isserlis, Stephen Hough, Marc-André Hamelin, André Watts, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Nathan and Julie Gunn, James Ehnes, Jon Kimura Parker, Jennifer Koh, The King's Singers, Barry Douglas, Midori, Garrick Ohlsson, the Canadian Brass, the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, Peter Wiley, Rachel Barton Pine, Libby Larsen, Phillip Ying, Vladimir Feltsman, Michael Daugherty, Colin Currie, David Kim, Carter Brey, Kazuhide Isomura, Eric Ruske, The Eroica Trio, Paul Neubauer and colleagues from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, members of Chanticleer and a number of exciting young international artists including Stefan Jackiw, Conrad Tao, Sarah Coburn, Shai Wosner, Julie Albers, Jennifer Frautschi, Orion Weiss, Ryu Goto, Alexander Schimpf, Susanna Phillips, Sasha Cooke, Kelly Markgraf, Andrew von Oeyen, Anna Polonsky, Alexander Sitkovetsky and the co-gold medalists of the 2009 Van Cliburn International Competition Haochen Zhang and Nobuyuki Tsujii.

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 Award. The 2010 and 2011 OK Mozart International Festival chamber music broadcast series were presented by KXMS Fine Arts Radio International in Joplin, Missouri and by KWTU Classical in Tulsa, Oklahoma. For the past four years Performance Oklahoma has secured a grant from the Kirkpatrick Foundation and sponsorship from locally owned Homeland Grocery Stores, Hudiburg Subaru of Oklahoma and Armstrong Auditorium and in 2014, added the sponsorship of RK Black. In March of 2013, the program began weekly broadcast on Public Radio Tulsa’s KWTU and in November, Kimberly Powell was honored with a Governor’s Art Award (Media in the Arts) and received 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 8!

Hailed for their “ravishingly beautiful tone” as well as their “extraordinary technical skills and musicianship” the members of the New Orford String Quartet are all principal players in the Montreal and Toronto Symphony Orchestras.  First appearing as guests of Chamber Music in Oklahoma in the final concert of the 2014-15 season the ensemble returned to offer the season opening Founder’s Concert for the Chamber Music Society now marking 58 years of performances.  Presented on Sunday, October 29th at Christ the King Catholic Church in Oklahoma City, the New Orford String Quartet opened the

The Brightmusic Society marks its 15th anniversary year of performances this season, its first concert, given on Tuesday, September 26th at St.

The OKC Philharmonic welcomed two guests, conductor Matthew Troy and violinist Jennifer Koh to present the second concert of the season offered on Saturday, October 7th at the Civic Center Music Hall in Oklahoma City, Jennifer Koh featured in the violin concerto of Samuel Barber, and the orchestra also performing the Overture to the Barber of Seville by Giacchino Rossini, the Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde by Richard Wagner and Paul Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Weber.

Kemp Concert Choir & Orchestra

Warren Puffer Jones - Kemp Concert Series

Conductor Joel Levine, founder and music director of the OKC Philharmonic leads the orchestra in the season opening concert marking 29 years of performances on Saturday, September 16th at the Civic Center Music Hall in Oklahoma City, the program also featuring guest pianist Richard Goode in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Concerto No. 20 in d minor, K 466 and two works showcasing the orchestra, the Invitation to the Dance by Carl Maria von Weber in the Berlioz orchestration and the Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op 73 of Johannes Brahms.

Taking its name from the Dutch graphic artist MC Escher and inspired by the artist’s methods, the Escher String Quartet currently serves as the season’s artists of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. A former BBC New Generation Artist ensemble, the quartet has performed at London’s BBC Proms at Cadogan Hall, is a regular guest at Wigmore Hall and serves as the quartet in residence at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Johannes Brahms always said that the two most important events in his lifetime were the launch of the complete scholarly Bach Edition in 1850 and Bismarck’s unification of the German state in 1871. It is the case that, throughout his life and career, Brahms sustained a deep interest in music of the past, and the works of Johann Sebastian Bach were a particular source of fascination to him.

Johannes Brahms always said that the two most important events in his lifetime were the launch of the complete scholarly Bach Edition in 1850 and Bismarck’s unification of the German state in 1871. It is the case that, throughout his life and career, Brahms sustained a deep interest in music of the past, and the works of Johann Sebastian Bach were a particular source of fascination to him.

In the final concert presented by the Kemp Concert Series at Oklahoma City's First Presbyterian Church last season, the newly renovated and expanded sanctuary organ is showcased in a program also honoring the 25th anniversary of service for First Presbyterian's organist John L. Edwards. Featuring two grand symphonies for organ and orchestra from the great French organ tradition of the late 19th century, the Symphony No. 1 for organ and orchestra Op 42 by Alexandre Guilmant and the Symphony No. 3 in c minor Op 78 by Camille Saint-Saens, Mr.

A brand new chamber orchestra of string instrumentalists with harpsichord was founded in Oklahoma City last season, the musicians collaborating as a standing, conductor-less ensemble and offering the orchestra's inaugural concert on Sunday, February 12th at 2pm at the city’s St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. The concert features two beloved works from the Baroque string repertoire, the Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major BWV 1048 by Johann Sebastian Bach and "Le quattro stagioni," "The Four Seasons" of Antonio Vivaldi.

This program airs Saturday, June 3rd, 8pm on Classical 88.7 HD-1.  

The OKC Philharmonic offered the final concert of their 28th season on Saturday, April 15th at the Civic Center Music Hall in downtown Oklahoma City. Led by music director Joel Levine, the Philharmonic presented a program showcasing the orchestra’s musicians and featuring the Roman Carnival Overture, Op 9 of Hector Berlioz, the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 1 in f minor for orchestra by Franz Liszt, Percy Grainger’s setting for strings of Londonderry Air and the Symphony No. 5 in e minor, Op 64 of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

The Takács Quartet is recognized as one of the world’s great ensembles, offering performances described as peerless in artistry, seraphic in unity of execution, searing and inspiring. Playing with a unique blend of drama, warmth and humor and combining four distinctive musical personalities, the Quartet brings fresh insights to the string quartet repertoire in live performance and through its award winning discography.

French pianist Philippe Bianconi has been described as an artist whose playing is “always close to the soul of the music, filling the space with poetry and life” by the Washington Post, “an extraordinary exhibition of musicianship, technical control and good taste which lent the music a freshness, immediacy and conviction one all too seldom encounters” by The London Times.

The OKC Philharmonic welcomed conductor Vladimir Kulenovic and violinist Chloë Hanslip for the 7th Classics concert of the orchestra’s 28th season, presented on Saturday, March 25th at the Civic Center Music Hall in downtown Oklahoma City. The final of six projected programs presenting guest conductors auditioning for the position of music director, to succeed the Philharmonic’s founder maestro Joel Levine, the program features Ms.

The OKC Philharmonic welcomed conductor Daniel Hege and pianist Haochen Zhang for the 6th Classics concert of the orchestra’s 28th season, presented on Saturday, March 4th at the Civic Center Music Hall in downtown Oklahoma City.

Concert 4 "Romanticism Revisited"

Characterized by its youth, brilliant playing, soulful interpretations, and its performances of music from memory, the Ariel Quartet has quickly earned a glowing international reputation. Founded in Israel in 2001, when its members were young students, the Ariel Quartet have been playing together ever since. Recently awarded the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award, the Quartet serves as the Faculty Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, where they direct the chamber music program and perform their own annual series of concerts.

Musical Arts Series - Southeastern Oklahoma State University

The OKC Philharmonic welcomed guest conductor Andreas Delfs and cellist Christine Lamprea for the fifth Classics concert of the orchestra’s 28th season, presented on Saturday, February 4th at the Civic Center Music Hall in downtown Oklahoma City.

Alexander Kobrin in concert and conversation from Oklahoma State University

Taking its name from the Dutch graphic artist MC Escher and inspired by the artist’s methods, the Escher String Quartet currently serves as the season’s artists of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. A former BBC New Generation Artist ensemble, the quartet has performed at London’s BBC Proms at Cadogan Hall, is a regular guest at Wigmore Hall and serves as the quartet in residence at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Taking its name from the Dutch graphic artist MC Escher and inspired by the artist’s methods, the Escher String Quartet currently serves as the season’s artists of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. A former BBC New Generation Artist ensemble, the quartet has performed at London’s BBC Proms at Cadogan Hall, is a regular guest at Wigmore Hall and serves as the quartet in residence at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

In the third concert of their 14th season, the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble offered a program featuring chamber works with voice by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Edward Knight and works for violin, clarinet and piano by Alexander Arutiunian and Bela Bartok. “From far, from eve and morning and yon twelve-winded sky, the stuff of life to knit me blew hither: here am I." That verse of AE Housman opens the second song of On Wenlock Edge by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Vaughan Williams setting six poems from Housman's first and most enduring collection A Shropshire Lad in 1909.

Renowned for its impressive technique and multicultural innovations, the Shanghai Quartet has become one of the world’s leading chamber ensembles, its elegant style melding the delicacy of Eastern music with the emotional breadth of Western repertoire. The world’s premier pipa virtuosa, and leading ambassador of Chinese music Wu Man has carved out a career giving the ancient instrument a contemporary role in the modern musical world.

The premier of a brand new oratorio by Oklahoma composer and citizen of the Chickasaw Nation Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate was featured in the first concert this season offered by Canterbury Voices on Friday, October 7th at the Civic Center Music Hall in downtown Oklahoma City and is thought to be the first ever sung in the Chickasaw language.

Her playing praised by the New York Times as "expressive and with dexterous flair," pianist Laura Melton is Professor of Piano and Chair of Music Performance Studies at Bowling Green State University and has performed throughout the US, in Asia, Europe and South America.

Continuing this week with Part II of a special encore series marking the start of the new year and featuring performances of masterly music by Franz Schubert from past programs, we’ll hear baritone Nathan Gunn and his wife and pianist Julie Gunn, violinist Gregory Lee and pianist Amy I-Lin Cheng, pianist Vladimir Feltsman, the Miró Quartet, mezzo soprano Sasha Cooke and pianist Anna Polonsky. Perhaps the only great native Viennese composer, Franz Schubert's gifts had been most notably expressed in song, his musical settings so able to integrate completely words and music.

This past September, Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Musical Arts Series opened its 43rd season at the Fine Arts Recital Hall with guest tenor Jonathan Yarrington and University pianist Kate Stubbs presenting Die Winterreise, the cycle of 24 songs filled with longing and loneliness, an extraordinary depiction of a winter’s journey written by Franz Schubert for voice and piano towards the end of his tragically short life. This outstanding performance is the first of three we’ll revisit today on this special program marking the start of 2017!

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