Kimberly Powell

Host, Performance Oklahoma

Kimberly Powell joined the staff at KUCO-FM in Edmond, Oklahoma as an announcer in September of 2007 and assumed the role of Director of Production and Syndication in March of 2008 and Assistant Director of Programming in July of 2011. She is the host and producer of Performance Oklahoma, the station's weekly showcase of local recitals and concerts. Offering new and creative production for event and underwriting promotion as well as for station fund raising, Kimberly has taken the opportunity to establish excellent working relationships with representatives of music and arts organizations throughout the state. Recognized as a savvy and thoughtful interviewer she has hosted many guests to the KUCO studios and off site she has met and interviewed a number of the world's leading musical artists.

Kimberly came to the job well prepared with 25 years of work as a professional collaborative pianist and coach appearing with artists and performers around the country in concerts and master classes and on the National Public Radio series Performance Today. Performances in the Puget Sound region included appearances on The Seattle Flute Society Distinguished Artists Concerts and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra’s Musically Speaking Series, work as an active Board member and performer with the Seattle Young Artists Music Festival and as a coach at the Seattle Conservatory and Pacific Lutheran University. She has also appeared as a guest artist at the International Double-Reed Convention, The Clarinet Symposium, the International Clarinet Association Convention, the National Flute Association Convention and the International Horn Society Conference. Here in Oklahoma she has appeared as a guest artist on the Sutton Faculty Artist and Master Performer Series at OU, the International Clarinet Symposium, the Faculty Concert Series at OSU and SNU, and Guest Artist Series at Quartz Mountain and UCO. Kimberly holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Northwestern University and pursued post-graduate private study with the distinguished English pianist Benjamin Kaplan in London.

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Johannes Brahms always said that the two most important events in his lifetime were the launch of the complete scholarly Bach Edition in 1850 and Bismarck’s unification of the German state in 1871. It is the case that, throughout his life and career, Brahms sustained a deep interest in music of the past, and the works of Johann Sebastian Bach were a particular source of fascination to him.

In the final concert presented by the Kemp Concert Series at Oklahoma City's First Presbyterian Church last season, the newly renovated and expanded sanctuary organ is showcased in a program also honoring the 25th anniversary of service for First Presbyterian's organist John L. Edwards. Featuring two grand symphonies for organ and orchestra from the great French organ tradition of the late 19th century, the Symphony No. 1 for organ and orchestra Op 42 by Alexandre Guilmant and the Symphony No. 3 in c minor Op 78 by Camille Saint-Saens, Mr.

A brand new chamber orchestra of string instrumentalists with harpsichord was founded in Oklahoma City last season, the musicians collaborating as a standing, conductor-less ensemble and offering the orchestra's inaugural concert on Sunday, February 12th at 2pm at the city’s St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. The concert features two beloved works from the Baroque string repertoire, the Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major BWV 1048 by Johann Sebastian Bach and "Le quattro stagioni," "The Four Seasons" of Antonio Vivaldi.

This program airs Saturday, June 3rd, 8pm on Classical 88.7 HD-1.  

The OKC Philharmonic offered the final concert of their 28th season on Saturday, April 15th at the Civic Center Music Hall in downtown Oklahoma City. Led by music director Joel Levine, the Philharmonic presented a program showcasing the orchestra’s musicians and featuring the Roman Carnival Overture, Op 9 of Hector Berlioz, the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 1 in f minor for orchestra by Franz Liszt, Percy Grainger’s setting for strings of Londonderry Air and the Symphony No. 5 in e minor, Op 64 of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

The Takács Quartet is recognized as one of the world’s great ensembles, offering performances described as peerless in artistry, seraphic in unity of execution, searing and inspiring. Playing with a unique blend of drama, warmth and humor and combining four distinctive musical personalities, the Quartet brings fresh insights to the string quartet repertoire in live performance and through its award winning discography.

French pianist Philippe Bianconi has been described as an artist whose playing is “always close to the soul of the music, filling the space with poetry and life” by the Washington Post, “an extraordinary exhibition of musicianship, technical control and good taste which lent the music a freshness, immediacy and conviction one all too seldom encounters” by The London Times.

The OKC Philharmonic welcomed conductor Vladimir Kulenovic and violinist Chloë Hanslip for the 7th Classics concert of the orchestra’s 28th season, presented on Saturday, March 25th at the Civic Center Music Hall in downtown Oklahoma City. The final of six projected programs presenting guest conductors auditioning for the position of music director, to succeed the Philharmonic’s founder maestro Joel Levine, the program features Ms.

The OKC Philharmonic welcomed conductor Daniel Hege and pianist Haochen Zhang for the 6th Classics concert of the orchestra’s 28th season, presented on Saturday, March 4th at the Civic Center Music Hall in downtown Oklahoma City.

Concert 4 "Romanticism Revisited"

Characterized by its youth, brilliant playing, soulful interpretations, and its performances of music from memory, the Ariel Quartet has quickly earned a glowing international reputation. Founded in Israel in 2001, when its members were young students, the Ariel Quartet have been playing together ever since. Recently awarded the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award, the Quartet serves as the Faculty Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, where they direct the chamber music program and perform their own annual series of concerts.

Musical Arts Series - Southeastern Oklahoma State University

The OKC Philharmonic welcomed guest conductor Andreas Delfs and cellist Christine Lamprea for the fifth Classics concert of the orchestra’s 28th season, presented on Saturday, February 4th at the Civic Center Music Hall in downtown Oklahoma City.

Alexander Kobrin in concert and conversation from Oklahoma State University

Taking its name from the Dutch graphic artist MC Escher and inspired by the artist’s methods, the Escher String Quartet currently serves as the season’s artists of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. A former BBC New Generation Artist ensemble, the quartet has performed at London’s BBC Proms at Cadogan Hall, is a regular guest at Wigmore Hall and serves as the quartet in residence at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Taking its name from the Dutch graphic artist MC Escher and inspired by the artist’s methods, the Escher String Quartet currently serves as the season’s artists of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. A former BBC New Generation Artist ensemble, the quartet has performed at London’s BBC Proms at Cadogan Hall, is a regular guest at Wigmore Hall and serves as the quartet in residence at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

In the third concert of their 14th season, the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble offered a program featuring chamber works with voice by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Edward Knight and works for violin, clarinet and piano by Alexander Arutiunian and Bela Bartok. “From far, from eve and morning and yon twelve-winded sky, the stuff of life to knit me blew hither: here am I." That verse of AE Housman opens the second song of On Wenlock Edge by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Vaughan Williams setting six poems from Housman's first and most enduring collection A Shropshire Lad in 1909.

Renowned for its impressive technique and multicultural innovations, the Shanghai Quartet has become one of the world’s leading chamber ensembles, its elegant style melding the delicacy of Eastern music with the emotional breadth of Western repertoire. The world’s premier pipa virtuosa, and leading ambassador of Chinese music Wu Man has carved out a career giving the ancient instrument a contemporary role in the modern musical world.

The premier of a brand new oratorio by Oklahoma composer and citizen of the Chickasaw Nation Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate was featured in the first concert this season offered by Canterbury Voices on Friday, October 7th at the Civic Center Music Hall in downtown Oklahoma City and is thought to be the first ever sung in the Chickasaw language.

Her playing praised by the New York Times as "expressive and with dexterous flair," pianist Laura Melton is Professor of Piano and Chair of Music Performance Studies at Bowling Green State University and has performed throughout the US, in Asia, Europe and South America.

Continuing this week with Part II of a special encore series marking the start of the new year and featuring performances of masterly music by Franz Schubert from past programs, we’ll hear baritone Nathan Gunn and his wife and pianist Julie Gunn, violinist Gregory Lee and pianist Amy I-Lin Cheng, pianist Vladimir Feltsman, the Miró Quartet, mezzo soprano Sasha Cooke and pianist Anna Polonsky. Perhaps the only great native Viennese composer, Franz Schubert's gifts had been most notably expressed in song, his musical settings so able to integrate completely words and music.

This past September, Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Musical Arts Series opened its 43rd season at the Fine Arts Recital Hall with guest tenor Jonathan Yarrington and University pianist Kate Stubbs presenting Die Winterreise, the cycle of 24 songs filled with longing and loneliness, an extraordinary depiction of a winter’s journey written by Franz Schubert for voice and piano towards the end of his tragically short life. This outstanding performance is the first of three we’ll revisit today on this special program marking the start of 2017!

"Every so often a performance leaves us in awe of its loving sophistication, its attention to the finest details of balance and expression" writes the Dallas Morning News about the Jupiter String Quartet! Now in their 13th year of making music as an ensemble, the Quartet appeared as the guest ensemble on Sunday, March 13th, presented by Chamber Music in Oklahoma on the series' fourth concert of the season, the program featuring the Quartet No. 11 in f minor, Op 95 "Serioso" of Ludwig van Beethoven, the Quartet No.

The Oklahoma City Philharmonic welcomed conductor Alexander Mickelthwaite and pianist Andrew von Oeyen on Saturday, November 19th, the concert featuring Masquerade (2013) by Anna Clyne, the Piano Concerto in a minor, Op 54 by Robert Schumann and the Symphony No. 3 in a minor, Op 44 by Sergei Rachmaninov.

Descended from the Russian musical tradition, the US based Hermitage Piano Trio is distinguished by its exuberant musicality, interpretative range, and sumptuous sound. In the same way that St. Petersburg’s venerable Hermitage State Museum represents the essence and history of Russia while also using its collection to embrace and promote cultures from around the world, the Hermitage Trio celebrates its Russian ancestry while incorporating classic European works and contemporary American commissions.

Johannes Brahms breathed new life into the symphony with his first work in the genre which made possible further developments in the form by later symphonists including Jean Sibelius and Carl Nielsen, both of whom spent their student years in Vienna. Orchestral master works by the three composers transcribed for chamber ensembles were featured in the second concert of the new season presented by the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble on Tuesday, October 18th at St. Paul’s Cathedral in downtown Oklahoma City.

Joined in a lively and colorful trio, together since 2005, the members of Ensemble Schumann appeared as guests of Southeastern Oklahoma State University's Musical Arts Series, the concert presented on Thursday, October 27th at the University's Fine Arts Recital. Oboist Tom Gallant, violist Steve Larson and pianist Sally Pinkas have performed in notable concert halls across America and have appeared the Tanglewood, Ravinia, Lucerne, Spoleto and Mostly Mozart Festivals.

Now in its second decade, The Ying Quartet has established itself as an ensemble of the highest musical qualifications, its performances regularly take place in many of the world's most important concert halls, from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House. At the same time, the Quartet's belief that concert music can also be a meaningful part of everyday life has also drawn the foursome to perform in settings as diverse as the workplace, schools, juvenile prisons, and the White House.

Following the tradition of elegiac Russian piano trios, Shostakovich wrote his secondwork in the genre during the waning years of World War II in memory of his dear friend Ivan Sollertinsky, some fifty years after Tchaikovsky had completed his trio for piano and strings in memory of Nikolai Rubinstein. Both works are featured on the season opening concert presented by the Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma on Tuesday, September13th at St. Paul’s Cathedral in downtown Oklahoma City.