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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: Silkroad Ensemble will make its Penn State debut November 5 at Eisenhower On Center: Silkroad Ensemble will make its Penn State debut November 5 at Eisenhower
4 weeks ago - Town and gown
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma has spent a lifetime transcending cultural divides and bringing people together, so it’s only natural that the musical organization he founded at the turn of the century is devoted to relationships that cross borders. The Silkroad Ensemble, named for the ancient trade route [Read More]
On Center: Imani Winds and Catalyst Quartet Will Play Commissioned Music at Schwab On Center: Imani Winds and Catalyst Quartet Will Play Commissioned Music at Schwab
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Mark Rafacz, Town&Gown
The winds – and strings – of change are coming to Schwab Auditorium. Imani Winds and Catalyst Quartet will join talents for (im)migration: music of change, a September 18 concert featuring a new work by Catalyst violinist and composer Jessie Montgomery. [Read More]
On Center: The musical On Center: The musical "Sugar Skull!" will take its audience on a sweet ride into Mexican culture
7 weeks ago - Town and gown
It’s high summer in central Pennsylvania, but it won’t be long until autumn descends upon the ridges and valleys. It’ll be the ideal time of year for a musical inspired by Mexico’s Day of the Dead. In its first visit to State College, New York City’s Mexico Beyond [Read More]
On Center: Imani Winds and Catalyst Quartet will play commissioned music at Schwab in September On Center: Imani Winds and Catalyst Quartet will play commissioned music at Schwab in September
12 weeks ago - Town and gown
The winds – and strings – of change are coming to Schwab Auditorium. Imani Winds and Catalyst Quartet will join talents for (im)migration: music of change, a September 18 concert featuring a new work by Catalyst violinist and composer Jessie Montgomery. The composition is inspired by [Read More]
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
17 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
20 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
24 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'
27 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
29 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
33 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]
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