Arts & Culture

International pop stars to classical favorites to jazz masters in the making — here's everything coming up at SCFA

From Nick Carter to Makaya McCraven to the Lexington Philharmonic, Singletary Center has a diverse rage of offerings this October.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 4, 2023) — The Singletary Center for the Arts at University of Kentucky is alive and buzzing with excitement this season. Whether you're seeking the thrill of a live concert, the beauty of classical music or a family-friendly outing, there’s something for everyone this October.

“The year ahead will be all about coming together in the shared experience of live performance. It is important for both the campus community and the local community to unite under one roof to listen, laugh and feel together, as we celebrate all the varied creative expressions that grace the SCFA stage,” says SCFA Director Matthew Gibson. “One of the things that is most special to me about the Singletary Center’s programming is it’s wonderful diversity, that we can present a world-famous pop star one night, a high-energy jazz show the next, and a gorgeous symphony the next … it’s all part of a creative continuum that encompasses all genres of music and welcomes all different kinds of audiences. There’s never a dull moment!” 

Mark your calendars, purchase your tickets, and immerse yourself in the vibrant cultural scene that awaits you at the Singletary Center for the Arts:

Oct. 4: Nick Carter (of the Backstreet Boys) “WHO I AM” Tour

Oct. 6: Makaya McCraven presented by SCFA and Origins Jazz Series

Oct. 8: UK Jazz Studies presents Jazz Spectacular

Oct. 15: UK Wind Symphony presents Rosa Parks Boulevard

Oct. 17: UK Choristers Fall Concert featuring BlueNote and Lexington Christian Academy

Oct. 20: Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra: "VISIONS & VOICES" 

Oct. 22: Chamber Music Society of Central Kentucky presents the Ariel Quartet

Oct. 25: UK Art Museum presents Artist Conversation with Janine Antoni

Oct. 26: UK Symphony Orchestra: Amit Peled Plays Dvorak Cello Concerto and Beethoven Symphony No. 7

Oct. 28-29: InnOVATION Arts Academy presents "Seussical Jr."

Oct. 29: UK Percussion Ensemble concert

Tickets for all events can be purchased online at, by phone at 859-257-4929, or visiting the SCFA Ticket Office in person. Many UK School of Music performances offer FREE tickets to University of Kentucky students; contact the SCFA Ticket Office for more information.

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