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!

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4:09 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble in "Shanties, Songs and Serenades" on Performance Oklahoma

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.

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4:50 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

New York Chamber Soloists Orchestra and Pianist Menahem Pressler on Performance Oklahoma

New York Chamber Soloists Orchestra

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.

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4:04 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Special Broadcast: Canterbury Choral Society Performs Johannes Brahms' A German Requiem

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.

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9:52 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Encore! The Canadian Brass from Armstrong Auditorium on Performance Oklahoma

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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3:34 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Tulsa Opera's Elmer Gantry on Performance Oklahoma

Keith Phares as Elmer Gantry
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

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10:50 am
Thu March 20, 2014

The Norman Philharmonic "Meet the Composer" with John Mackey

John Mackey

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.

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1:57 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Artist Profile: Violinist Gregory Lee on Performance 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. 

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4:28 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

The Dover Quartet on Performance Oklahoma

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.

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8:50 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Violinist Ani Kavafian Joins Pianist Anna Polonsky On Performance Oklahoma

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.

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9:06 am
Wed February 19, 2014

The Meccorre Quartet on Performance Oklahoma

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.

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