Distinguished Artists Series Opens Jan. 23 with Merling Trio

Palm Beach Atlantic University presents the third annual Distinguished Artists Series, an unparalleled concert experience featuring internationally acclaimed guest artists performing in PBA’s Helen K. Persson Recital Hall in Vera Lea Rinker Hall, 326 Acacia Road, West Palm Beach.

The Merling Trio. Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA) is a private, Christ-centered college in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA.

The Merling Trio


Seating is limited to 150, providing a rare concert setting similar to the private salons of Europe. The series finale concert will be held in the University’s DeSantis Family Chapel with seating limited to 400. The chapel is at 300 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach.

Tickets are $20 for general admission and $10 for students with ID. To purchase tickets, call Palm Beach Atlantic University Ticket Central at (561) 803-2970, email ticket_central@pba.edu or visit www.pba.edu/das-calendar. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

The series, which runs from January through April, kicks off on Jan. 23 with The Merling Trio, which is internationally recognized as one of today’s premier ensembles. A truly international trio, it brings together musicians from Polish, Japanese and Dutch backgrounds. The Merling Trio has been hailed as a brilliantly distinguished group endowed with remarkable gifts of communication, magnificent precision and an impeccable blend of sound. The trio made its New York debut in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 1993, and was named a finalist for the Naumburg Foundation Chamber Music Award in 1994.

The opening Distinguished Artists Series concert is generously underwritten by Talbott Maxey and Kenn Karakul and the Youth Music Fund for Conserving Classical Music Education, inspired by Alice Plye Walker Maxey.

Ken Peplowski. Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA) is a private, Christ-centered college in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA.

Ken Peplowski


Ken Peplowski is the featured performer for the Jazz at Lincoln Center concert on Feb. 27. The mission of Jazz at Lincoln Center is to advance the appreciation and understanding of jazz through education initiatives and performance. From its New York City home to venues across the country and around the world, JALC seeks to lift spirits, create community and bring people together through the art of swing. Led by its Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis, JALC advances a unique vision for the continued development of jazz through recordings, a nationally broadcast radio series, a continuum of age-appropriate educational programs that unite artistic and educational themes, preservation activities and the regular commissioning of new work.

The Jazz at Lincoln Center concert is generously underwritten by Mr. and Mrs. Michael Ramos.

Ken Peplowski has recorded approximately 50 CDs as a soloist, and close to 400 as a sideman – some of the artists he’s performed/recorded with include Charlie Byrd, Mel Torme, Rosemary Clooney, Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops, Hank Jones, Peggy Lee, Bill Charlap, Woody Allen, Benny Goodman and Madonna. He travels at least half of every year, playing clubs, concert halls, colleges and pops concerts. He has headlined the Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, the Blue Note and Dizzy’s Club amongst many other venues. His last two CDs on the Capri label, “Noir Blue” and “In Search Of,” were released to great critical acclaim and airplay.

Carpe Diem String Quartet. Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA) is a private, Christ-centered college in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA.

Carpe Diem String Quartet


On March 20, the Carpe Diem String Quartet will perform, underwritten by Darlene and Jerry Jordan.

One of the most unique and sought-after chamber ensembles on the concert stage today, the Carpe Diem String Quartet is a boundary-breaking ensemble that has earned widespread critical and audience acclaim for its innovative programming and electrifying performances.

Carpe Diem defies easy classification with programming that reflects its passions for Gypsy, tango, folk, pop, rock and jazz-inspired music. The quartet has become one of America's premiere “indie” string quartets, without sacrificing its commitment to the traditional repertoire.

The series concludes on April 17 with the PBA Symphony supporting violinist Lin Chang in a concert entitled Exotic Breezes. The concert is underwritten by the PBA Preparatory Department and will be held in the DeSantis Family Chapel.

Lin Chang. Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA) is a private, Christ-centered college in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA.

Lin Chang


Lin Chang, a native of China, received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and master’s degree in music from Indiana University at Bloomington. He studied with world-renowned violinists including Yu Lina, Rastislaw Dubinsy and Joseph de Pasquale. Chang had been with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and Quapaw Quartet for more than 12 years.

During his time in Arkansas, he also was a faculty member of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Ouachita Baptist University and University of Central Arkansas, teaching violin and viola and conducting the Arkansas Youth Orchestra.

Chang is now associate professor and vice chair at the Music School of East China Normal University (ECNU) in Shanghai, China, since 2006. He also serves as the music director of the ECNU Music School Orchestra.

Chang organizes many exchange programs and events between his music school and those in the U.S. and other countries. He plays in numerous solo recitals and chamber music concerts both domestically and internationally.