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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!



10:32 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Christmas Vespers from Oklahoma City University on Performance Oklahoma

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. 

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10:56 am
Tue December 10, 2013

OK Mozart International Festival Chamber Music Series On Performance Oklahoma

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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3:44 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble Sonata Evening on Performance Oklahoma

The Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma presented their second series of concerts on Monday, November 4th at All Soul's Episcopal Church and on Tuesday, November 5th at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral. The programs, elegantly titled "Sonata Evening" offered five contrasting duo sonatas featuring flute, oboe, and violin with piano by Camille Saint-Saëns, Robert Schumann, Francis Poulenc, Ludwig van Beethoven and Sergei Prokofiev.

9:16 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Chamber Music in Oklahoma - 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. The Quartet’s debut tour in North America is taking place in November 2013 and their first stop was in Oklahoma City as guests of Chamber Music in Oklahoma.

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3:52 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Tulsa Opera's Marriage of Figaro on Performance Oklahoma

Shane Bevel Tulsa Opera

Listen to the program promo here!  

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7:47 am
Tue November 12, 2013

OK Mozart Chamber Music on Performance Oklahoma

From the 2012 OK Mozart broadcast series celebrating chamber music performances from the Festival, Editions 3 and 4 featuring mezzo soprano Sasha Cooke, baritone Kelly Markgraf, violinist Ani Kavafian, violist Paul Neubauer, cellist Peter Wiley, pianists Orion Weiss and Anna Polonsky and the Amphion Quartet.  These musicians join collaborative forces to present the Chanson Perpettuelle by Ernest Chausson, Bilder aus Osten by Robert Schumann, the Serenade for Two Violins and Viola by Zoltan Kodaly, the 2nd Piano Quartet of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert’s Quartettsatz and

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3:16 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Brad Bennight with a Brand New Harpsicord on Performance Oklahoma

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.

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8:34 am
Tue October 29, 2013

The Hermitage Trio on Performance Oklahoma

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.

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8:49 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Performance Oklahoma: OK Mozart International Festival Chamber Music broadcasts

Paul Neubauer at the OK Mozart International Festival

This week Performance Oklahoma presents Editions One and Two from the 2012 OK Mozart International Festival Chamber Music Series featuring Paul Neubauer and friends in their final season of performances.

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11:05 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Performance Oklahoma Host To Receive Governor's Arts Award

Kimberly Powell, host and producer of Performance Oklahoma, has been selected by the Oklahoma Arts Council as a recipient of the 2013 Governor’s Arts Awards, Media in the Arts category, for her contributions to the Oklahoma arts community.

Kimberly will receive the award along with sixteen individual recipients and two organizations being honored at the 38th Annual Governor’s Arts Awards ceremony Nov. 13 at the state Capitol.

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