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 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.

Oklahoma City’s  Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble continued its Tenth Anniversary Season of chamber music concerts with a four-concert Spring Festival - "Schubert & Friends" presented on May 18th, 21st, 22nd and 23rdat St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral and All Souls Episcopal Church.  A variety of chamber works, a piano sonata  and a selection of lieder by Schubert were offered as well as the Mozart Clarinet Quintet, the Crusell Clarinet Quartet.

Grammy-winning opera superstar Nathan Gunn has made a reputation as one of the most exciting and in-demand baritones of our day. He has appeared in internationally renowned opera houses, is a distinguished concert performer and frequent recitalist.

On Sunday, February 17th, 2013, Chamber Music in Oklahoma presented the third of their concerts this season featuring guest violinist Rachel Barton Pine and guest pianist Matthew Hagle.  These two artists, who both live in Chicago and often play together, offered a recital of richly varied repertoire for violin and piano.  The program opens with Ludwig van Beethoven's Sonata in E-flat Major, Op 12, No.

This week Performance Oklahoma presents two remarkable programs:  The first featuring pianist Vladimir Feltsman and the second showcasing the Tokyo String Quartet!

Performance Oklahoma is delighted to present an encore of the 1st edition of OK Youth in Classical! The new breakout series profiles three distinguished Oklahoma high school music ensembles: the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra, the Norman North Chorale and the Edmond North Orchestra. Listeners learn about each award-winning ensemble, enjoy delightful commentary from six young musicians, meet the dedicated directors, and hear a sampling of recent performances from each ensemble.

Formed in 1998, ETHEL is comprised of Juilliard-trained musicians who perform adventurous music of the past four decades, with an emphasis on works composed since 1995.

This past September, the Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma opened their 10th anniversary season with a program they titled Bright Winds, celebrating the history of chamber music writing for wind instruments.  Offered in duo venues on Monday, September 17th at All Souls' Episcopal Church in Oklahoma City, and on Tuesday, September 18th at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, the concert opened with the Quartet for Winds by Jean Françaix.

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.

Formed in 1983 by four prize-winning graduates of the Conservatoire National Superieur de Paris, the Parisii Quartet won early acclaim with its triumphs at three major international competitions.  Much in demand in Paris, the Parisii performed the entire Haydn cycle at the Opéra Bastille, performed the Beethoven cycle at the Salle Gaveau, and has appeared frequently at the Musée d'Orsay.  Appearing in major concert halls and festivals across Europe, the Quartet has since toured regularly  across the United States. 

The Ying Quartet occupies a position of unique prominence in the classical music world, combining brilliantly communicative performances with a fearlessly imaginative view of chamber music in today's world. Now in its second decade as a quartet, the Quartet has established itself as an ensemble of the highest musical qualifications in its tours across the United States and abroad. Their performances regularly take place in many of the world's most important concert halls, from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House.

Wendy Mutz

On Saturday, April 13, 2013, an audience of over 2,300 assembled at the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall to witness the Oklahoma premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s MASS.  A project which began three years earlier, the presentation came about through the collaboration of the Canterbury Choral Society - Adult Chorus and Youth Choruses, OCU vocal students, and the 80-piece Oklahoma City University Symphony Orchestra.

This week Performance Oklahoma presents the final concert program of the regular season offered by the Brightmusic Society in Oklahoma in their 10th anniversary season.  The program, entitled Bright Virtuosi featured works by Zoltán Kodály, Carl Maria von Weber and Ptyor Tchaikovsky.

"Everything was so dazzlingly played, so musically right that all one could do was sit back in gasping admiration” writes The New York Times about pianist Ann Schein. She has been thrilling audiences since her sensational first recordings for Kapp Records and her highly acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut. Her career has earned her praise in major American and European music centers in recitals and with many of the great conductors and orchestras of our time and in more than 50 countries around the world.

This week on Performance Oklahoma: The Norman Philharmonic’s inaugural concert “Meet the Composer” with Libby Larsen.

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.

Performance Oklahoma presents the second of two concerts offered by the Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma on Tuesday, March 19th at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral. Celebrating their tenth anniversary year, the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble offers a rich variety of chamber music in performance for Oklahoma City audiences. Artistic Directors Chad Burrow and Amy I-Ling Cheng lead an ensemble of musicians for five concert programs each season, each performed in two to three venues and will offer their second Spring Festival entitled Schubert and Friends in April.

First winning the 2008 German Music Competition a distinction no pianist had earned for 14 years, Alexander Schimpf traveled the following year to Austria where he won the International Beethoven Competition and in 2011 to New York City’s Carnegie Hall, and to Ohio, where he picked up the prestigious Cleveland International Piano Competition.

Chamber Music in Oklahoma presented the third of their concerts this season featuring guest violinist Rachel Barton Pine and guest pianist Matthew Hagle on Sunday, February 17th. These two artists, who both live in Chicago and play often together offered a recital of richly varied repertoire for violin and piano. The program opens with Ludwig van Beethoven's Sonata in E-flat Major, Op 12, No. 3, a work of grandeur and power not often found in pieces from the composer's early years.

This week, Performance Oklahoma presents composer Michael Daugherty and the Norman Philharmonic's first anniversary season concert! The program, Meet the Composer, given on Sunday, January 20th 2013 at the Nancy O'Brian Center for the Performing Arts offers performances of Hoe-Down from Rodeo by Aaron Copland, Ludwig van Beethoven's First Symphony, and three works by Daugherty: Raise the Roof (2003) with principal timpanist Lance Drege, Trail of Tears (2010) with principal flutist Valerie Watts and On the Air from the Symphonic Fantasy Radio City (2011).

J. Henry Fair /

For fans of the Tokyo String Quartet and the Zodiac Trio who would like to hear the entire Performance Oklahoma program promised last Saturday evening, we have good news - a rebroadcast! This time, a broadcast in its entirety (we promise) this Saturday evening at 8:00 over Classical 88.7-1.

Listen Saturday evening, March 23, 2013 at 8:00 on Classical 88.7-1.

Hear this program Saturday evening, March 16, 2013 at 8:00 on Classical 88.7-1. Listen to a sample.

Performance Oklahoma airs Saturday evenings at 8:00 on Classical 88.7-1.