Palm Beach Atlantic University, in partnership with Northern Trust and Geoffrey and Joanne Stringer of North Palm Beach, presents the Distinguished Artist
Series, an unparalleled concert experience featuring internationally acclaimed guest
artists and University faculty performing in PBA’s Helen K. Persson Recital
Hall in Vera Lea Rinker Hall, 326 Acacia Road, West Palm Beach.
|The Lincoln 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 located at 300 Okeechobee
Blvd., West Palm Beach.
Tickets are $20 for general admission and $10 for students with ID. Series subscriptions
to all six concerts are available for $95 prior to Dec. 14. To purchase tickets, call
Palm Beach Atlantic University Ticket Central at 561-803-2970, email email@example.com or visit www.pba.edu/das-calendar to purchase tickets online. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m.
|Dr. Catherine Lan
The series, which runs from November through April, kicks off with an evening of chamber
music by The Lincoln Trio on Nov. 2. The trio has been praised for its polished presentations of well-known
chamber works and its ability to forge new paths with contemporary repertoire. The
group’s reputation as a first-rate ensemble draws an eclectic audience of sophisticated
music lovers, young admirers of contemporary programs and students discovering chamber
music for the first time. Bringing together performing experience spanning the globe,
each member is an artist of international renown.
Pianist Dr. Chiao-Ting “Catherine” Lan will perform an all Mendelssohn program on Dec. 14. Recognized as a child prodigy,
Dr. Lan made her solo debut in Japan following her win at the Yamaha “J.O.C.”
International Composition Competition at the age of 8. Since then, she has appeared
as a soloist with orchestras including British-Columbia Chamber Orchestra, Fifth Avenue
Chamber Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony and Edmonton Symphony as well as the Naples
Philharmonic and the Atlantic Chamber Orchestra. Her solo career has taken her
throughout the U.S., Canada and the Far East.
Soprano Suzanne Galer will perform on Jan. 11. Galer made her New York debuts at CAMI Hall and Weill Hall.
She has performed the role of the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s "Magic Flute"
with such companies as Italy’s Rome Festival and the Long Island Lyric Opera. A
finalist in both the Metropolitan Opera Competition and the Chicago Lyric Opera Young
Artist Competition, Galer’s career has taken her throughout the United States
and abroad including Hawaii, Italy and Thailand. In this her Palm Beach Atlantic University
debut, she is joined by fellow faculty and Metropolitan Opera soprano Marilyn Mims
and her husband Dean Lloyd Mims, baritone, and tenor Bryon Grohman of Seraphic Fire
fame in the popular Liebeslieder Waltzes by Johannes Brahms.
PBA dance faculty Eileen Houghton-Hebron and Jinyoung Lee will present an evening of classical and modern dance on Feb. 15. Formally trained
in the Balanchine aesthetic at the School of American Ballet in New York City, Hebron
was chosen by Mikhail Baryshnikov to join one of the world’s most prestigious
ballet companies, The American Ballet Theatre. Touring internationally for eight years,
she won numerous plaudits across the globe for her versatility, grace and technical
merit. Korean born Jinyoung Lee came to the U.S. in 1999 to continue her dance
career and education, receiving her master’s degree from New York University. She
has had an international career as a principal dancer and soloist with dance companies
in Washington, New York and Korea.
The Merling Trio and Jun-Ching Lin will present an evening of emotionally charged Brahms on March 1. Recognized as one
of today’s premier ensembles, 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, was named a finalist for the Naumburg Foundation Chamber
Music Award in 1994 and has since gone on to perform recitals throughout the United
States, Canada and Europe. They will be joined by longtime friend and colleague as
well as renowned chamber musician and associate concertmaster of the Atlanta symphony,
The series will conclude with the Beethoven Triple Concerto performed by the PBA Symphony with James Buswell, Carol Ou and Dr. Catherine Lan on April 19. Buswell has enjoyed a distinguished career as concerto soloist, recitalist,
chamber musician, conductor, lecturer and educator. Since his solo début with
the New York Philharmonic at the age of 7, he has appeared as a solo violinist with
virtually all of the major orchestras in North America, and throughout Europe, Asia,
South America and Australia. From the Presidential Palace in Taiwan to and the National
Ukrainian Concert Hall in Kiev, Teatro Argentino in Buenos Aires, New York’s
Merkin and Boston’s Jordan Halls, Ou’s versatile artistry has captivated
and energized audiences all over the world. Having collaborated with artists
such as Hillary Hahn, Timothy Eddy, Midori and András Schiff, Ou’s rich
and varied chamber and solo performing experience is clearly evident in her technical
mastery and musical depth and sensitivity.