The Performing Artists Concert Series presents several concerts each year in Ingle Auditorium, featuring professional musicians playing jazz and classical pieces, often with an educational component. The series is produced by Professor Emeritus (Electrical Engineering) David Perlman. The series began (as the "Emerging Artists Concert Series") during the 1995-96 school year, when Perlman, an avid appreciator and patron of the musical arts, sensed a void on campus. The first concert featured Rod Blumenau, a local jazz pianist, and his trio. The second concert featured Eleonora Lvov, a young pianist whose performance at a nursing home in Florida had inspired Perlman to create the series. The series has grown from its initial season of two concerts to an annual series presenting five or six concerts each year. One concert always features Blumenau, whose engaging manner, expert arrangements, and virtuoso piano-playing have proven extremely popular with the RIT community. The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra has also appeared on the Ingle stage, along with a number of world-class musicians from both the classical and jazz arenas.