Sep 29 2023 | 3:30 - 5pm

Dr. Monica A. Hershberger is Assistant Professor of Music at Lehigh University. A musicologist specializing in the history of opera in the United States, she is committed to examining the intersections of music and power. Her work has been recognized by the National Opera Association, funded by the Society for American Music, quoted in the New York Times, and published in journals such as the Journal of the American…

John Jacob Niles Gallery
Oct 2 2023 | 12:30 - 2:30pm

This roundtable discussion, co-sponsored by UK Opera Theatre and UK Opera Research Alliance, will question Carlisle Floyd's creation of folkish “local color” and portrayals of intolerance and hypocrisy in an Appalachian church and community in relation to views of Appalachia from the 1950s to the present in various media and forums. 

The participants are: Dr. Revell Carr (Director…

John Jacob Niles Gallery
Oct 6 2023 | 12 - 1pm

Part of the Appalachia in the Bluegrass Series

Drawing from the era of the Carter Family, Hank Williams, and the Stanley Brothers

John Jacob Niles Gallery
Oct 6 2023 | 4pm

SCFA is excited to offer a pre-concert percussion masterclass led by this acclaimed musician and composer at 4PM in the SCFA Recital Hall. Whether you're a seasoned percussionist or simply curious about the world of beats and rhythms, this masterclass promises to be an inspiring and educational experience. Makaya’s masterclass is FREE and open to the public.

Singletary Recital Hall
Oct 6 2023 | 7:30pm, Oct 7 2023 | 2pm, Oct 7 2023 | 7:30pm, Oct 8 2023 | 2pm

University of Kentucky Opera Theatre presents Carlisle Floyd’s American Opera, Susannah, one of the most-performed American operas of all time. Set in foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Susannah tells the apocryphal tale of Susannah Polk, a lovely young woman raised by her older brother, Sam. Susannah’s small mountain town turns against her after she is painted as a seductress by the church elders for bathing in a creek near her home.…

Lexington Opera House
$18, Students: $38-$58, Standard Admission (plus additional ticketing fees)
Oct 7 2023

The primary mission of this competition is to encourage and support exceptionally gifted high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors who currently display potential for success in solo classical voice performance. Cash prizes will be awarded.  

Repertoire requirements

Participants must offer three selections for the competition. At least two songs or arias from the standard "classical" vocal repertoire - folk songs…
Schmidt Vocal Arts Center
$35 advanced registration to participate
Oct 8 2023 | 3pm

Featuring UK Jazz ensembles including UK Sax-Cats, UK Mega-Sax, UK Lab Band, and the UK Jazz Ensemble.

Singletary Recital Hall
$14 Adults, $7 Students (free UK student tickets in advance)
Oct 12 2023 | 8 - 9pm

Dorian Gordon senior recital

Singletary Recital Hall
Oct 13 2023 | 12 - 1pm

Part of the Appalachia in the Bluegrass Series

CornMaiz is a nouveau old-time family string band featuring original music, traditional, old-time tunes from East Kentucky, and unique versions of some famous cover songs.  Hailing from four different mountain counties, the band features clawhammer banjo, mandolin, guitar, bass, fiddle, and three part harmonies.  Performances also include the exciting traditional Appalachian…

John Jacob Niles Gallery
Oct 15 2023 | 3pm

University of Kentucky Bands presents

University of Kentucky Wind Symphony
Dr. John Cody Birdwell, Conductor
Brian Froedge, Graduate Conductor
Vladislav Petrachev, Kamilo Davila, Juan Saldivar, Trombone Soloists


Anton Dvorak “Carnival Overture”
Luis Serrano Alarcon “La Lira de Pozuelo”
Kathryn Salfelder “Cathedrals”

Singletary Concert Hall
$14 Adults / $7 Students (additional online processing fees may apply)
Oct 15 2023 | 7:30 - 8:30pm

Repertoire Featuring Composers: John Williams, Michael Markowski, Dwayne S. Milburn, Randal Standridge, John Zdechlik, and John Philip Sousa

Singletary Concert Hall
Oct 17 2023 | 7:30pm

SPLENDOR in Song, Dance, and Love 

Vuelie, arr. Crocker/Fjellheim  O My Luve, Clausen Reincarnations, Barber “The Coolin” Zigeunerleben, Schumann Celtic Dance, Shaw Splendor, Hagenberg
Singletary Concert Hall
$14 Adults, $7 Students (free UK student tickets in advance)
Oct 18 2023 | 8pm

UK Wind Faculty in Recital


The Maribo Trio
ToniMarie Marchioni, oboe
Scott Wright, clarinet
Allison Nicotera, bassoon

with guests 

Julie Hobbs, flute
Miles Osland, saxophone

Works by Georges Auric, Maria Rosa Ribas, Paquito D’Rivera, Erwin Schulhoff, and Mátyás Seiber.

Singletary Recital Hall
Oct 20 2023 | 7:30pm

VISIONS & VOICES features the epic combined orchestral and choral forces of The Lexington Singers and Children’s Choir, the University of Kentucky Chorale and Men’s Chorus, and featured soloists from the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre at the Singletary Center for the Arts. The program opens with two powerful works by Composer-In-Residence Shawn E. Okpebholo. In the words of Okpebholo, Sing Dumb (2016) for voice and orchestra is a…

Singletary Concert Hall
Individual: $28 - $78 | Student & Youth (17 & under): $11
Oct 22 2023 | 3pm

Chamber Music Society of Central Kentucky presents the Ariel String Quartet
Sunday, October 22, 2023 at 3PM on the SCFA Concert Hall Stage

Distinguished by its virtuosity, probing musical insight, and impassioned, fiery performances, the Ariel Quartet has garnered critical praise worldwide for more than twenty years. Formed when the members were just teenagers studying at the Jerusalem Academy Middle School of Music…

Singletary Concert Hall
Regular $25/ Student-Free