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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: Itzhak Perlman will share music and memories in multimedia concert On Center: Itzhak Perlman will share music and memories in multimedia concert
44 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
49 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
54 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
54 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
57 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
62 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
67 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
70 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
74 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'
77 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]
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