Performing Arts

Live performances occur across the University of Kentucky HealthCare enterprise. We feature a variety of paid and volunteer performers ranging from local singer/songwriters to internationally renowned classical musicians. We are committed to supporting local and regional performers as well as students from the University and local K-12 schools. A wide variety of performance types and genres are featured, including bluegrass, ballet, opera, dance, classical, jazz, rock-n-roll and many more. 

Tuesdays at Noon, now in its tenth year, is our longest standing performance series. Performances are located in the Ronald J. Saykaly Performance Area at the UK Chandler Hospital, Pavilion A, Barnstable Brown Atrium Lobby. They occur weekly throughout the year.

UK School of Music Performance Series, also located in the Ronald J. Saykaly Performance Area, brings students and faculty to the UK Chandler Hospital during the spring and fall semesters to share their talents with our patients, families, staff, faculty and visitors.

Our Holiday Music Series brings much needed uplift and cheer to our facilities during this special time of year.  Through the generous support of the UK Hospital Auxiliary, we are able to offer multiple daily performances at numerous locations across the Enterprise during the entire month of December. 

We also feature monthly performances at the UK Markey Cancer Center and Eastern State Hospital as well as numerous other pop-up performances at various times and locations throughout the year.

For more information about our performing arts programming or if you are interested in performance opportunities, please contact Sarah Timmons at (859) 323-4446 or


Special Concerts and Performance Series

Our robust performing arts programming has allowed us to hold a number of special concerts and performances in the Karpf Auditorium and Barnstable Brown Atrium Lobby at UK Chandler Hospital, Pavilion A.

Past and present special concert and performance series include:

The Teresa Garbulinska Premier Concert Series, funded with a grant from Dr. Ronald J. Saykaly and Mrs. Teresa Garbulinska, featured performances by internationally renowned performing artists.

The Saykaly Garbulinska Performer in Residence Series, also funded with a grant from Dr. Ronald J. Saykaly and Mr. Teresa Garbulinska, brings the current Lexington Philharmonic artist-in-residence to perform at the UK Chandler Hospital and also typically includes educational opportunities such as master classes for UK School of Music Students, instrument petting zoos and other opportunities for Lexington K-12 students, as well as pop-up concerts in the Lexington community.

Past performers have included:

Midori (2011), John Cohen & Ben Sollee (2012) Johannes Moser (2013), Inon Barnatan (2014), Pablo Sainz Villegas (2014), Time For Three (2015), Canadian Brass (2017), Conrad Tao (2017), Simone Porter (2019)



The Karpf Auditorium, located in Pavilion A at UK Chandler Hospital, supports UK HealthCare’s commitment to providing the best that medicine has to offer within a healing environment that conveys the unique spirit of Kentucky.

AuditoriumConveniently located just off the Barnstable Brown Atrium Lobby, the 305-seat auditorium serves as a high-tech education center where physicians and staff can take part in grand rounds and other learning opportunities. It also provides a venue for music and other artistic performances.

For more information about the auditorium, please contact Laura Atherton at (859) 323-2958 or