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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: Soprano, piano, and percussion to unite in concert of contemporary works On Center: Soprano, piano, and percussion to unite in concert of contemporary works
3 weeks ago - Town and gown
Dawn Upshaw, a five-time Grammy Award-winning soprano, and Gilbert Kalish, a celebrated pianist and her longtime accompanist, will join with Sō Percussion, a quartet that “plays with an irresistible vitality” (Washington Post), to perform music by two Pulitzer Prize-winning composers at 7:30 p. [Read More]
On Center: Mexican American Lila Downs tells impassioned stories through song On Center: Mexican American Lila Downs tells impassioned stories through song
7 weeks ago - Town and gown
Lila Downs is a global superstar and champion of indigenous cultures, but most people in the State College area probably haven’t heard of her. Central Pennsylvanians not familiar with Downs’ three-octave vocal range and poignant storytelling can get to know her when she makes her Penn [Read More]
On Center: Flip FabriQue On Center: Flip FabriQue
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Mark Rafacz, Town&Gown
Montreal, the fertile crescent of contemporary circus, has done it again. Flip FabriQue, the newest gravity-defying sensation from Quebec, will make its Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State premiere this fall in Catch Me!, a celebration of fun and friendship. [Read More]
On Center: Flip FabriQue On Center: Flip FabriQue
12 weeks ago - Town and gown
Montreal, the fertile crescent of contemporary circus, has done it again. Flip FabriQue, the newest gravity-defying sensation from Quebec, will make its Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State premiere this fall in Catch Me!, a celebration of fun and friendship. “The young members of [Read More]
On Center: Cécile McLorin Salvant On Center: Cécile McLorin Salvant
16 weeks ago - Town and gown
Wynton Marsalis knows musical talent when he hears it. After considering the attributes of jazz singer Cécile McLorin Salvant, the trumpeter is convinced of her greatness.   “She has poise, elegance, soul, humor, sensuality, power, virtuosity, range, insight, intelligence, depth, [Read More]
On Center: Yo-Yo Ma with Kathryn Stott On Center: Yo-Yo Ma with Kathryn Stott
21 weeks ago - Town and gown
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, one of the world’s most celebrated musicians, will appear at Penn State for only the third time when he performs in concert with pianist Kathryn Stott November 3 at Eisenhower Auditorium. Ma, whose career is defined by an insatiable desire to find musical connections across [Read More]
On Center: Jessica Lang Dance On Center: Jessica Lang Dance
25 weeks ago - Town and gown
“A master of visual composition” (Dance Magazine), choreographer Jessica Lang transforms ballet language into artfully crafted, emotionally engaging contemporary works. Lang is the artistic director of Jessica Lang Dance, a New York City-based company formed in 2011 after the [Read More]
On Center: Anthracite Fields On Center: Anthracite Fields
27 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Mark Rafacz, Town&Gown
Bang on a Can All-Stars, which performed Julia Wolfe’s John Henry-inspired Steel Hammer at Penn State in 2009, returns to Eisenhower Auditorium March 30 for a concert featuring Wolfe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning oratorio Anthracite Fields. [Read More]
On Center: Anthracite Fields On Center: Anthracite Fields
30 weeks ago - Town and gown
Bang on a Can All-Stars, which performed Julia Wolfe’s John Henry-inspired Steel Hammer at Penn State in 2009, returns to Eisenhower Auditorium March 30 for a concert featuring Wolfe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning oratorio Anthracite Fields. Penn State Concert Choir will join Bang on a Can for [Read More]
On Center: Wilderness On Center: Wilderness
31 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Mark Rafacz, Town&Gown
A new multimedia play by En Garde Arts, the company that brought Basetrack Live to Penn State in 2014, juxtaposes projected interviews with real people and actors on stage to tell the stories of teenagers and young adults grappling with addiction, depression, anxiety, and other mental-health issues. [Read More]
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