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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.

An Evening With Brahms

Chamber Music in Oklahoma

Alexander Mickelthwate    Joyce Yang

Chamber Music in Oklahoma

String Theory Concert 3

The London premiere in April 1885 of Antonin Dvořák’s Seventh Symphony was one of the great triumphs of the composer’s career, and critics since have often regarded the Seventh as his finest work in the symphonic genre.

Kemp Concert Series

First Presbyterian Church

Concert 1 "Song and Dance"

Classics 4 - OKC Philharmonic

"Colors dance, moods swing, and Chen’s artistry blazes" writes the Times of London. With a media presence aiming to enhance and inspire the widely diverse classical audience, and reaching out to millions through his substantial online following, violinist Ray Chen is at the vanguard of what it means to be a 21st century musician. His celebrated musicianship transmits to a global audience that is reflected in his engagements with leading orchestras and concert halls around the world.

The newly formed Oklahoma Virtuosi, led by founder and cellist Tomasz Zieba opened its first full season of performances this past fall with a concert given on Sunday, September 17th offering works for strings by Antonio Vivaldi and Edvard Grieg and appearing in a new venue, a place the orchestra hopes to call its permanent performance home, the storied Magnolia Room, top floor of the historic Magnolia Building in the city’s Midtown district.

This program airs Saturday, January 27th, 2018, 8pm on Classical 88.7 KWTU.

Concert 1 2017-2018 Vivaldi, Grieg and more!

The newly formed Oklahoma Virtuosi, led by founder and cellist Tomasz Zieba opened its first full season of performances this past fall with a concert given on Sunday, September 17th offering works for strings by Antonio Vivaldi and Edvard Grieg and appearing in a new venue, a place the orchestra hopes to call its permanent performance home, the storied Magnolia Room, top floor of the historic Magnolia Building in the city’s Midtown district.

Mozart & Mendelssohn Piano Trios Jeannette Sias Memorial Concert

Chamber Music in Oklahoma

This past October, pianist Solungga Liu appeared as the guest artist for the third concert of the Musical Arts Series at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. She brought with her a special program she would play in November at the Coolidge Auditorium at the Library of Congress, the program’s music drawn almost entirely from the manuscript collections at the Library. At the heart of the recital were a series of works by Charles Tomlinson Griffes, an underappreciated American composer of vital music that bridged the worlds of Romanticism and Impressionism.

Celebrating its 39th season, a Christmas Vespers is presented each year at Oklahoma City University. Just under 300 University singers and instrumentalists gather to offer the service designed to acknowledge the Advent season.

One of the most celebrated violinists of our time, Joshua Bell is known for his restless curiosity, passion, and multi-faceted musical interests. His 2015 Fall season included several concerto appearances with American orchestras, a series of concerts across Europe with The Academy of St.

Called the Van Cliburn of today by the BBC, pianist Alexander Kobrin first met Mr. Cliburn in 2005 when he secured the gold medal at the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. At the forefront of today’s performing musicians, and widely acclaimed for his brilliant technique, musicality and emotional engagement with audiences, Mr.

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.

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