Arts & Culture

Enjoy an Evening of Music and Fun While Giving From the Heart

photo of Friends of Music Valentine's Day Salon poster
Friends of Music will host its Valentines Day Salon 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at the Gatton Student Center.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 5, 2019) Looking for a special treat the weekend after Valentine’s Day? The University of Kentucky Friends of Music invites you to an evening of live jazz music, refreshments and fun at the Valentine's Day Salon. The event will run 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at Gatton Student Center Ballroom A.

Big band jazz music will be provided by UK School of Music faculty and students, as well as Friends of Music board member Eli Uttal-Veroff. Uttal-Veroff has an active freelance career as a bassist and serves as principal bassist for the Lexington Chamber Orchestra.

The event will also bring musician and author Frank Messina to campus. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Messina holds a bachelor's and master's degree in music education from the State University of New York at Potsdam and a doctorate in education from University of Massachusetts Amherst. He served 16 years in the classroom as a teacher in elementary, middle and high schools. Messina, who has lived in Lexington for around 40 years, served four years as the content specialist in arts and humanities for Fayette County Public Schools. Most recently, he has begun a career as a mystery novelist, releasing his first two novels in 2018, with two more set to release in 2019.

The Valentine’s Day Salon also will give people the chance to tour the new Gatton Student Center. Guests will snack on savory and sweet hors d'oeuvres and be given two drink tickets per guest. More beverages are available for cash.

This event is registration-only. Tickets are $53 (including sales tax), and $32 of the ticket is tax-deductible. To attend, send a check payable to the University of Kentucky with "FOM V-Day Party" on the memo line to:

April Robinson

305 Fine Arts Building

University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY 40506-0022

You may also pay with a check at the door.

Parking for the event will be free at the Student Center and a coat check will be available outside of Ballroom A.

For more information, contact Friends of Music President Martina Vasil at

The Friends of the School of Music is a volunteer organization of music lovers dedicated to financial support and advocacy for the UK School of Music

This event will raise funds for graduate student assistantships within the UK School of Music.

Currently celebrating its 100th anniversary, the School of Music in the UK College of Fine Arts has garnered national recognition for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, music therapy, composition, theory and music history.

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: #uk4ky #seeblue