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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: Spanish guitar, Indian sarod intertwine in music that transcends continents   On Center: Spanish guitar, Indian sarod intertwine in music that transcends continents
21 weeks ago - Town and gown
Classical stringed instruments that don’t often share a stage will mesh when American guitarist Sharon Isbin, Musical America’s 2020 Instrumentalist of the Year, and Indian sarod maestro and composer Amjad Ali Khan perform Strings for Peace September 30 at Penn State’s Schwab [Read More]
On Center: Wynton Marsalis and his Lincoln Center big band will play at Penn State April 2 On Center: Wynton Marsalis and his Lincoln Center big band will play at Penn State April 2
30 weeks ago - Town and gown
When Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis performs next month at Eisenhower Auditorium, the musicians will be building a case for great compositions being comparable to masterful architecture. In Masters of Form: From Mingus to Monk, the New York City orchestra and [Read More]
Apollo’s Fire Will Animate Vivaldi’s Popular Seasonal Concertos in Performance at Schwab Apollo’s Fire Will Animate Vivaldi’s Popular Seasonal Concertos in Performance at Schwab
31 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Mark Rafacz, Town&Gown
In its sixth appearance at Penn State, Apollo’s Fire, The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, will perform Antonio Vivaldi’s beloved concertos as the revolutionary acts of musical storytelling the composer intended them to be. Four Seasons Rediscovered will bring Vivaldi’s pictorial descriptions to l [Read More]
Kronos Quartet to Perform Music from Muslim-Majority Nations at Penn State Kronos Quartet to Perform Music from Muslim-Majority Nations at Penn State
33 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Mark Rafacz, Town&Gown
For more than four decades, Kronos Quartet has been introducing American audiences to the works of composers from the far-flung corners of the world. But when the San Francisco ensemble comes to Penn State next week, it will perform a program prompted by a political debate about specific countries. [Read More]
On Center: Apollo’s Fire will animate Vivaldi’s popular seasonal concertos in performance at Schwab On Center: Apollo’s Fire will animate Vivaldi’s popular seasonal concertos in performance at Schwab
34 weeks ago - Town and gown
In its sixth appearance at Penn State, Apollo’s Fire, The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, will perform Antonio Vivaldi’s beloved concertos as the revolutionary acts of musical storytelling the composer intended them to be. Four Seasons Rediscovered will bring Vivaldi’s pictorial [Read More]
On Center: Kronos Quartet to perform music from Muslim-majority nations at Penn State   On Center: Kronos Quartet to perform music from Muslim-majority nations at Penn State
39 weeks ago - Town and gown
For more than four decades, Kronos Quartet has been introducing American audiences to the works of composers from the far-flung corners of the world. But when the San Francisco ensemble comes to Penn State next month, it will perform a program prompted by a political debate about specific [Read More]
Washington, D.C., Dance Company Will Perform World Premiere of 'Drumfolk' at Penn State   Washington, D.C., Dance Company Will Perform World Premiere of 'Drumfolk' at Penn State
39 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Mark Rafacz, Town&Gown
Step Afrika!, the first professional dance company in the world dedicated to the tradition of stepping, will build on a tradition when it performs the world premiere of Drumfolk on Jan. 31 at Penn State’s Eisenhower Auditorium. Drumfolk is an exploration of the drum as an instrument of community, [Read More]
On Center: Lizz Wright will raise her gorgeous voice in song this winter at Schwab Auditorium On Center: Lizz Wright will raise her gorgeous voice in song this winter at Schwab Auditorium
43 weeks ago - Town and gown
Some of the finest singers don’t fit nicely into a box that can be labeled with the name of a single genre. Lizz Wright, who will make her Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State premiere February 5, is one of those vocalists. Gospel was the bedrock of Wright’s musical education. [Read More]
On Center: Washington, D.C., dance company will perform world premiere of Drumfolk at Penn State   On Center: Washington, D.C., dance company will perform world premiere of Drumfolk at Penn State
47 weeks ago - Town and gown
Some of America’s most innovative and influential art – jazz and blues for starters – has resulted from African Americans transcending oppression and discrimination to communicate their stories. Step Afrika!, the first professional dance company in the world dedicated to the [Read More]
Harlem 100 Will Celebrate an Influential Artistic Movement at Eisenhower Auditorium Harlem 100 Will Celebrate an Influential Artistic Movement at Eisenhower Auditorium
49 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Mark Rafacz, Town&Gown
Harlem 100: Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance, which features the nine-member band Mwenso and the Shakes, will bring the sound and spirit of the era to Penn State’s Eisenhower Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday. [Read More]
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