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!

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.

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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!

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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 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! 

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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.

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 16th at All Soul’s Episcopal Church and Tuesday, September 17th, 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.

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 54th season offered an all Russian program featuring Piano Trio No.

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! 

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 America.

Celebrating its 35th 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. 

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 and violist Paul Neubauer to play the String Trio by Jean Francaix.  Pianist Orion Weiss

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