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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

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
2 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
6 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
8 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
11 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
15 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
21 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
21 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
24 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
28 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
34 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]
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