Arts & Culture

'UK at the Half': Meet UK School of Music Donor Ben Kaufmann

Ben Kaufmann and his wife, Janet Zusman
Ben Kaufmann and his wife, Janet Zusman. Mark Cornelison | UK Photo.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 30, 2021) — For this “UK at the Half,” longtime supporter of University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts, Ben Kaufmann discusses the establishment of the Ben C. Kaufmann and Janet Zusman Music Fund in the School of Music earlier this fall.  

The couple’s gift celebrates and honors the work of Everett McCorvey, director of UK Opera Theatre; John Nardolillo, director UK Symphony Orchestra; and Jefferson Johnson, director of UK Choirs. The Kaufmann and Zusman Music Fund will support performance, outreach initiatives and programming for UK Opera TheatreUK Symphony Orchestra and UK choral ensembles, to build access to and appreciation for music and ensure that it will thrive in the Bluegrass region. The fund’s priority will be student scholarships.  

To learn more about the fund, visit:

“UK at the Half” airs during halftime of each UK football and basketball game broadcast on the radio and is hosted by UK Public Relations and Marketing. To hear the “UK at the Half” interview, click the play button above.

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