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John Mark Rafacz is the editorial manager of the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State.

Articles by John Mark Rafacz, Town&Gown

Kronos Quartet to Perform Music from Muslim-Majority Nations at Penn State Kronos Quartet to Perform Music from Muslim-Majority Nations at Penn State
5 days 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
3 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
7 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
7 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
11 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
15 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
17 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]
On Center: Itzhak Perlman will share music and memories in multimedia concert On Center: Itzhak Perlman will share music and memories in multimedia concert
20 weeks ago - Town and gown
Itzhak Perlman will return to Penn State’s Eisenhower Auditorium November 14 for a special evening of live music (announced from the stage), stories, and projected film and photos celebrating a storied career launched with his televised U.S. debut more than 60 years ago. The world’s [Read More]
On Center: Harlem 100 will celebrate an influential artistic movement at Eisenhower Auditorium On Center: Harlem 100 will celebrate an influential artistic movement at Eisenhower Auditorium
24 weeks ago - Town and gown
A century ago, in the aftermath of World War I, a predominantly African-American neighborhood in uptown Manhattan emerged as one of the leading cultural centers of the country. Harlem 100: Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance, which features the nine-member band Mwenso and the [Read More]
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
30 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]
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