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John Mark Rafacz, Town&Gown

John Mark Rafacz is the editorial manager of the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State.

Articles by John Mark Rafacz, Town&Gown

On Center: Emmet Cohen Trio, Houston Person will unite in a cross-generational concert at Penn State On Center: Emmet Cohen Trio, Houston Person will unite in a cross-generational concert at Penn State
4 weeks ago - Town and gown
For the third year in a row, the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State will open its season by showcasing a rising star of jazz at Schwab Auditorium. But when the 2019–20 season gets underway September 12, the up-and-coming talent will be joined by a master of the genre. The Emmet [Read More]
Dreamers’ Circus Will Share Reimagined Nordic Folk Music at Schwab Auditorium Dreamers’ Circus Will Share Reimagined Nordic Folk Music at Schwab Auditorium
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Mark Rafacz, Town&Gown
Last April, a Schwab Auditorium crowd responded enthusiastically to the Danish String Quartet’s performance of classical music. But audience members got especially excited when violinist Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen led the foursome in arrangements of half a dozen Nordic folk tunes. [Read More]
On Center: Dreamers’ Circus will share reimagined Nordic folk music at Penn State On Center: Dreamers’ Circus will share reimagined Nordic folk music at Penn State
11 weeks ago - Town and gown
Last April, a Schwab Auditorium crowd responded enthusiastically to the Danish String Quartet’s performance of classical music. But audience members got especially excited when violinist Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen led the foursome in arrangements of half a dozen Nordic folk [Read More]
On Center: Sarah Bockel Earns Her Opportunity to Portray Carole King in 'Beautiful' On Center: Sarah Bockel Earns Her Opportunity to Portray Carole King in 'Beautiful'
14 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Mark Rafacz, Town&Gown
Beautiful–The Carole King Musical, with Sarah Bockel in the lead role, comes to Eisenhower Auditorium for seven performances starting Feb. 19. [Read More]
On Center: Touring Monterey Jazz Festival to feature McLorin Salvant, other rising talents at Penn State On Center: Touring Monterey Jazz Festival to feature McLorin Salvant, other rising talents at Penn State
15 weeks ago - Town and gown
California’s Monterey Jazz Festival is the longest consecutively running festival of its kind. In celebration of its six decades, the festival’s touring arm will bring to Penn State a diverse roster of millennial talent representing the future leaders of jazz. The March 22 concert at [Read More]
On Center: Regina Carter and Bandmates Will Honor Ella Fitzgerald at Schwab On Center: Regina Carter and Bandmates Will Honor Ella Fitzgerald at Schwab
20 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Mark Rafacz, Town&Gown
If someone can evoke the sound and spirit of one of the most beloved jazz vocalists of all time – without being a singer – it’s Regina Carter. [Read More]
On Center: Sarah Bockel earns her opportunity to portray Carole King in 'Beautiful' On Center: Sarah Bockel earns her opportunity to portray Carole King in 'Beautiful'
20 weeks ago - Town and gown
It’s a Tony Award-winning musical about a shy girl from Brooklyn who becomes one of the most successful pop songwriters of all time. But casting directors for Beautiful–The Carole King Musical have found that three actresses raised in Chicago, not New York City, have the right blend of [Read More]
On Center: Regina Carter and bandmates will honor Ella Fitzgerald at Schwab On Center: Regina Carter and bandmates will honor Ella Fitzgerald at Schwab
24 weeks ago - Town and gown
If someone can evoke the sound and spirit of one of the most beloved jazz vocalists of all time – without being a singer – it’s Regina Carter. In the realm of jazz violinists, Carter reigns at the pinnacle of the pyramid. The MacArthur Foundation “genius” Fellowship [Read More]
On Center: Soweto Gospel Choir Will Honor Legacy of Nelson Mandela On Center: Soweto Gospel Choir Will Honor Legacy of Nelson Mandela
25 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Mark Rafacz, Town&Gown
Soweto Gospel Choir, known across the world for its mesmerizing performances, will return to Eisenhower Auditorium on Tuesday, Nov. 27, with Songs of the Free, a program celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nelson Mandela. [Read More]
Béla Fleck Will Make 8th Eisenhower Appearance, This Time with Hussain, Meyer and Chaurasia Béla Fleck Will Make 8th Eisenhower Appearance, This Time with Hussain, Meyer and Chaurasia
27 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Mark Rafacz, Town&Gown
Three masterful instrumentalists and the leading virtuosos on their respective instruments, Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain, and Edgar Meyer move with ease among the spheres of classical, bluegrass, jazz, and world music. [Read More]
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