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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: ‘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
3 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
7 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
8 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]
On Center: Tommy Igoe and his Birdland band On Center: Tommy Igoe and his Birdland band
12 weeks ago - Town and 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 [Read More]
On Center: Appalachian Christmas On Center: Appalachian Christmas
12 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Mark Rafacz, Town&Gown
In a new holiday program, Apollo’s Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, explores the Celtic roots of Appalachian music. Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain: An Appalachian Celebration — featuring 11 instrumentalists, 16 chorus members, and two vocal soloists — follows the joys and sorrows of the [Read More]
On Center: Spanish Harlem Orchestra On Center: Spanish Harlem Orchestra
15 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Mark Rafacz, Town&Gown
Spanish Harlem Orchestra, a big band led by pianist Oscar Hernández, sets the standard for authentic New York City-style salsa dura music. [Read More]
On Center: Appalachian Christmas On Center: Appalachian Christmas
16 weeks ago - Town and gown
Centuries ago, the carols and fiddle tunes of Celtic Europe crossed the Atlantic and found a second home in the mountains of Virginia. They mingled with shape-note hymns and African spirituals to create the soulful Christmas music of Appalachia. The people of the highlands welcomed the Christ child [Read More]
On Center: Spanish Harlem Orchestra On Center: Spanish Harlem Orchestra
20 weeks ago - Town and gown
Spanish Harlem Orchestra, a big band led by pianist Oscar Hernández, sets the standard for authentic New York City-style salsa dura music. “Salsa may have its origins in Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Latin America, but it was forged in New York City and that at least is where its heart [Read More]
Lila Downs to Tell Impassioned Stories Through Song at Eisenhower Auditorium Lila Downs to Tell Impassioned Stories Through Song at Eisenhower Auditorium
21 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Mark Rafacz, Town&Gown
Central Pennsylvanians not familiar with Downs’ three-octave vocal range and poignant storytelling can get to know her when she makes her Penn State premiere on Oct. 17 at Eisenhower Auditorium. [Read More]
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
25 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]
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