Performance Oklahoma on 88.7-1

Saturdays at 8:00 pm

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!

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.

Celebrating their 30th anniversary season this past June, the OK Mozart International Festival presented a semi-staged concert performance of Mozart’s final masterpiece opera, The Magic Flute, a work in which the composer most successfully translated his ideals into music of extraordinary clarity and beauty. Sung in English the performance featured soloists drawn from across Oklahoma and the US, the Amici NY Orchestra, and the Bartlesville Choral Society conducted by the Festival’s artistic director Constantine Kitsopoulos.

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:  http://www.classicsound.com/  

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!

Welcoming Artistic Director Constantine Kitsopoulos and Executive Director Randy Thompson in 2013, the 2014 Festival presented the Amici New York orchestra in a series of performances which included the Festival's Opening Concert featuring pianist Jon Kimura Parker and the Overture to The Marriage of Figaro and the Piano Concerto No. 20 in d minor, K 466 of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the Symphony No 1 in D Major (Titan) by Gustav Mahler, the Mahler also featuring a side-by-side performance with the newly formed OK Mozart All-State Youth orchestra.

Arnaud Sussmann and Orion Weiss from Chamber Music in Oklahoma! Winner of a 2009 Avery Fisher Career grant, violinist Arnaud Sussmann is a multi-faceted and compelling artist who has performed as soloist throughout the US, Central America, Europe and Asia. And one of the most sought-after soloists in his generation of young American musicians, pianist Orion Weiss offers performances noted for their expression and craftsmanship and has appeared across North America, Israel and France.

Continuing its mission to offer a high quality music and cultural Festival for Oklahoma audiences, OK Mozart celebrated its 30th anniversary season this past June. Among its offerings, OK Mozart presented a chamber music series featuring internationally acclaimed pianist Jon Kimura Parker, one of America's highest-profile ensembles, the dynamic Miró Quartet and woodwind players from the Amici New York orchestra.

The Juilliard String Quartet, widely known as the quintessential American string quartet, appeared at Armstrong Auditorium on Thursday, January 15th presented by the Armstrong International Foundation's Performing Arts Series. Founded in 1946, the Quartet was the first ensemble to play all six Bartok quartets in the US and its performances of Schoenberg's quartets helped establish the works as cornerstones of the modern string quartet literature.

The Norman Philharmonic, established as an innovative and standard-setting chamber orchestra for the city of Norman in 2011, seeks among its many goals to perform new works by American composers, as well as chamber orchestra classics and to offer a variety of imaginative concerts each season.

Continuing its mission to offer a high quality music and cultural Festival for Oklahoma audiences, OK Mozart celebrated its 30th anniversary season this past June. Among its offerings, OK Mozart presented a chamber music series featuring internationally acclaimed pianist Jon Kimura Parker, one of America's highest-profile ensembles, the dynamic Miró Quartet and woodwind players from the Amici New York orchestra. 

Born in Niteroi, Brazil, Sergio Monteiro won first prize in the second Martha Argerich International Piano Competition and was selected to take part in the International Piano Academy in Como, Italy. He received degrees from the National Music School of Rio de Janeiro and has performed in Moscow and across Europe and South America. Awarded a scholarship by the Ministry of Culture to study at the Eastman School of Music, he earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts, studying with Nelita True. 

Continuing its mission to offer a high quality music and cultural Festival for Oklahoma audiences, OK Mozart celebrated its 30th anniversary season this past June. Among its offerings, OK Mozart presented a chamber music series featuring internationally acclaimed pianist Jon Kimura Parker, one of America's highest-profile ensembles, the dynamic Miró Quartet and woodwind players from the Amici New York orchestra; the collaborators returning this season having also appeared at the Festival in 2013. Recorded concerts are held at the Bartlesville Community Center and St.

Continuing its mission to offer a high quality music and cultural Festival for Oklahoma audiences, OK Mozart celebrated its 30th anniversary season this past June. Among its offerings, OK Mozart presented a chamber music series featuring internationally acclaimed pianist Jon Kimura Parker, one of America's highest-profile ensembles, the dynamic Miró Quartet and woodwind players from the Amici New York orchestra; the collaborators returning this season having also appeared at the Festival in 2013. Recorded concerts are held at the Bartlesville Community Center and St.

Continuing its mission to offer a high quality music and cultural Festival for Oklahoma audiences, OK Mozart celebrated its 30th anniversary season this past June. Among its offerings, OK Mozart presented a chamber music series featuring internationally acclaimed pianist Jon Kimura Parker, one of America's highest-profile ensembles, the dynamic Miró Quartet and woodwind players from the Amici New York orchestra; the collaborators returning this season having also appeared at the Festival in 2013. Recorded concerts are held at the Bartlesville Community Center and St.

Continuing its mission to offer a high quality music and cultural Festival for Oklahoma audiences, OK Mozart celebrated its 30th anniversary season this past June. Among its offerings, OK Mozart presented a chamber music series featuring internationally acclaimed pianist Jon Kimura Parker, one of America's highest-profile ensembles, the dynamic Miró Quartet and woodwind players from the Amici New York orchestra; the collaborators returning this season having also appeared at the Festival in 2013. Recorded concerts are held at the Bartlesville Community Center and St.

Marking their 12th anniversary year, the Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma presented their second program of the new season offered in duo venues; at All Soul’s Episcopal Church on Monday, November 17th and at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral on Tuesday, November 18th.

Celebrating its 36th season, a Christmas Vespers is presented each year at Oklahoma City University. 250 University singers and instrumentalists gather 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.

Continuing its mission to offer a high quality music and cultural Festival for Oklahoma audiences, OK Mozart celebrated its 30th anniversary year this past June.

The Pacifica Quartet from Chamber Music in Oklahoma!

Performance Oklahoma presents The Magic Flute from the 2014 OK Mozart International Festival!

The three French soloists who have comprised the Pasquier Trio for more than three decades have been united by their love of chamber music since they were students together at the National Conservatory of Music in Paris. Founded in the early 1940s by Etienne Pasquier (who premiered Olivier Messiaen’s famed Quator pour la Fin du Temps in a concentration camp in 1942, the trio continues this legacy today by performing the string trio repertoire around world.

Joining the Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma as a special guest artist, in the opening concerts of the Society’s 12th season, baritone Randall Scarlata and Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble musicians offered the Overture on Hebrew Themes Op 34 for clarinet, piano and string quartet by Sergei Prokofiev, a selection of six lieder for baritone and piano by Franz Schubert, Thea Musgrave's Four Portraits for baritone, clarinet and piano, Dover Beach Op 3 for baritone and String Quartet by Samue

Welcoming Artistic Director Constantine Kitsopoulos and Executive Director Randy Thompson in 2013, the 2014 Festival presented the Amici New York orchestra in a series of concerts which included the Festival's Opening Concert featuring pianist Jon Kimura Parker and the Overture to The Marriage of Figaro and the Piano  Concerto No. 20 in d minor, K 466 of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the Symphony No 1 in D Major (Titan) by Gustav Mahler, the Amici NY orchestra joined by the newly formed OK Mozart All-State Youth orchestra in a side-by-side performance.

Welcoming Artistic Director Constantine Kitsopoulos and Executive Director Randy Thompson in 2013, the 2014 Festival presented the Amici New York orchestra in a series of concerts which included the Festival's Opening Concert featuring pianist Jon Kimura Parker and the Overture to The Marriage of Figaro and the Piano  Concerto No. 20 in d minor, K 466 of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the Symphony No 1 in D Major (Titan) by Gustav Mahler, the Mahler also featuring a side-by-side performance with the newly formed OK Mozart All-State Youth orchestra.

In the first hour of the sixth edition of the OK Mozart radio broadcast series, Performance Oklahoma presents the final Afternoon Chamber Music Series concert of Festival 2014 offered on June 13th and featuring the Miró Quartet in the String Quartet in d minor, Op 76, No.

In the first hour of the fifth edition of the OK Mozart broadcast series, Performance Oklahoma presents the fourth concert of the Festival 2014 from the Afternoon Chamber Music Series offered on June 12th, 2014 and featuring the Miró Quartet in the String Quartet in c minor, Op 18, No. 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven, and the String Quartet in G Major, D 887 by Franz Schubert. And in the second hour, the Miró Quartet play the String Quartet in D Major, Op 64, No.

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