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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: Christopher O’Riley and Matt Haimovitz Shuffle.Play.Listen On Center: Christopher O’Riley and Matt Haimovitz Shuffle.Play.Listen
408 weeks ago - Town and gown
If one concert this season best symbolizes the spirit of the Center for the Performing Arts three-year Classical Music Project, which seeks to demystify “art” music and make it accessible to a broad audience, the program featuring pianist Christopher O’Riley and cellist Matt [Read More]
On Center: Canadian Christmas On Center: Canadian Christmas
413 weeks ago - Town and gown
The Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State marked the yuletide two years ago with fiddler Natalie MacMaster’s festive Christmas in Cape Breton. On November 29 the center once again celebrates the holiday in a Celtic Canadian way, but this time the music flows from an exuberant [Read More]
On Center: Super Strummers On Center: Super Strummers
417 weeks ago - Town and gown
Once upon a time in America the banjo was almost exclusively associated with the South. But a new concert tour, featuring six banjo masters with ties to New York, demonstrates that prime pickers also come from north of the Mason-Dixon Line. Headlined by Béla Fleck and Tony Trischka, the 2006 [Read More]
On Center: Dance Feast On Center: Dance Feast
421 weeks ago - Town and gown
   A Kansas City Star reviewer describes a Doug Varone and Dancers performance as “a feast of tens of thousands of individual moments.” The New York City company’s modern dance makes its Center for the Performing Arts debut in an October 19 performance at Penn [Read More]
On Center: Fabulous Foursome On Center: Fabulous Foursome
425 weeks ago - Town and gown
   Not many musical groups can claim a repertoire that covers a millennium, but Anonymous 4 isn’t a typical vocal quartet.    Four women got together for a music-reading session on a spring afternoon in 1986. Their goal? To hear what polyphony and medieval chant would [Read More]
On Center: Quintessential Shakespeare On Center: Quintessential Shakespeare
431 weeks ago - Town and gown
Actors From The London Stage performs The Merchant of Venice in October By John Mark Rafacz    The desire to belong is a powerful force. It motivates us to seek love and fortune, oppose injustice, and yearn for happiness.    The Merchant of Venice, William Shakespeare’s [Read More]
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