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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: Jazz vocalist Veronica Swift makes a quick ascent up the career ladder On Center: Jazz vocalist Veronica Swift makes a quick ascent up the career ladder
3 weeks ago - Town and gown
Although Veronica Swift earned a bachelor’s degree in jazz vocal performance in 2016, the diploma seems like more of a footnote than a milestone on her impressive resume. Before graduating from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, the Charlottesville, Virginia, native had [Read More]
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Will Make Its Penn State Debut Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Will Make Its Penn State Debut
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Mark Rafacz, Town&Gown
The headlining attraction in the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State’s 2018-19 season is the tale of a shy Brooklynite who, beginning in her teens, shares her gift for writing chart-topping pop songs. [Read More]
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical will make its Penn State debut in February 2019 Beautiful: The Carole King Musical will make its Penn State debut in February 2019
8 weeks ago - Town and gown
The headlining attraction in the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State’s 2018-19 season is the tale of a shy Brooklynite who, beginning in her teens, shares her gift for writing chart-topping pop songs. The touring Broadway production of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical will be on [Read More]
Scandinavian String Players to Perform Classical and Folk in Schwab Concert Scandinavian String Players to Perform Classical and Folk in Schwab Concert
12 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Mark Rafacz, Town&Gown
In its Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State premiere, the Danish String Quartet – violinists Frederik Øland and Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen, violist Asbjørn Nørgaard, and cellist Fredrik Schøyen Sjölin – will perform an atypical mingling of classical and traditional music. [Read More]
Gordon Lightfoot will bring half a century of songs and stories to concert at Eisenhower Auditorium Gordon Lightfoot will bring half a century of songs and stories to concert at Eisenhower Auditorium
12 weeks ago - Town and gown
One of Canada’s greatest and most prolific singer-songwriters will perform his music in concert Saturday, June 16, at Penn State. An Evening with Gordon Lightfoot at Eisenhower Auditorium will feature songs selected from the singer-songwriter’s 20 albums, ranging from hits to deep album [Read More]
On Center: Che Malambo Demonstrates That Roots of Dance in Argentina Go Deeper Than Tango On Center: Che Malambo Demonstrates That Roots of Dance in Argentina Go Deeper Than Tango
16 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Mark Rafacz, Town&Gown
The Eisenhower Auditorium stage will be swimming in testosterone on March 15 when Che Malambo, an all-male Argentinian dance company, performs a spectacle of percussive dance and music. [Read More]
Scandinavian string players to perform classical and folk in Schwab concert     Scandinavian string players to perform classical and folk in Schwab concert
16 weeks ago - Town and gown
Three of them met at a summer music camp in the Danish countryside when they were children in the 1990s. The youngest students in attendance, they soon became friends and continued to get together to play music in the years to come. Two decades later, these Scandinavian string players – three [Read More]
On Center: ‘Cowboy’ performers demonstrate that roots of dance in Argentina go deeper than tango      On Center: ‘Cowboy’ performers demonstrate that roots of dance in Argentina go deeper than tango
20 weeks ago - Town and gown
The Eisenhower Auditorium stage will be swimming in testosterone March 15 when Che Malambo, an all-male Argentinian dance company, performs a spectacle of percussive dance and music. [Read More]
On Center: Dorrance Dance uses stage as musical instrument in February 27 tap performance On Center: Dorrance Dance uses stage as musical instrument in February 27 tap performance
25 weeks ago - Town and gown
Michelle Dorrance, “one of the most imaginative tap choreographers working today” (The New Yorker), honors tap dance’s history while pushing its rhythmic, technical, and conceptual boundaries. By incorporating other forms that have shaped American culture — such as street, [Read More]
On Center: Tommy Igoe and His Birdland Band On Center: Tommy Igoe and His Birdland Band
26 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Mark Rafacz, Town&Gown
People who appreciate high-octane jazz can experience the vibe of a landmark club when drummer Tommy Igoe and his big band, in their first tour in five years, recreate the excitement of an evening at Birdland. Featuring some of the finest musicians in New York City, The Birdland All-Stars sets the s [Read More]
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