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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: Maria Schneider On Center: Maria Schneider
227 weeks ago - Town and gown
Maria Schneider, who NPR describes as “a national treasure,” calls her own shots. That and her immeasurable talent have helped her and the orchestra she guides to earn five Grammy Awards in three genres (jazz, classical, and rock), 12 Grammy nominations, and the acclaim of critics and [Read More]
On Center: Arctic Rhythms On Center: Arctic Rhythms
230 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Mark Rafacz, Town&Gown
In Arctic Rhythms, which comes to the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State March 23, Paul D. Miller - AKA master turntablist DJ Spooky - harnesses his eclectic artistry for an unparalleled portrayal of the polar regions. [Read More]
On Center: Arctic Rhythms On Center: Arctic Rhythms
231 weeks ago - Town and gown
Revered in the hip-hop world as a master turntablist, Paul D. Miller — better known by his stage name DJ Spooky — is a sonic artist who hears music in everything from visual forms and economic theory to the great outdoors. In Arctic Rhythms, which comes to the Center for the Performing [Read More]
On Centre: Singer-songwriters Griffin, Watkins, and Mitchell perform as trio On Centre: Singer-songwriters Griffin, Watkins, and Mitchell perform as trio
235 weeks ago - Town and gown
Patty Griffin, Sara Watkins, and Anaïs Mitchell are coming to Penn State for a celebration of American songwriting and performance. Their March 16 concert at Eisenhower Auditorium, part of the Use Your Voice Tour 2016, finds the artists sharing songs and accompanying one another. The tour, [Read More]
On Center: Sybarite5 On Center: Sybarite5
249 weeks ago - Town and gown
If an ensemble of sedate musicians seated on stage in a semicircle playing the masterworks of long-deceased European men is your chamber music performance ideal, the eclectic dynamism of Sybarite5 might just mess with your head. The first string quintet to win the Concert Artists Guild [Read More]
On Center: Opus On Center: Opus
253 weeks ago - Town and gown
Sometimes circus is all clown cars, caged tigers, and the incomparable scent of elephant dung. Sometimes it’s more sublime. “Opus,” which comes to Penn State’s Eisenhower Auditorium November 11, “is cut-glass, caviar circus,” writes a reviewer for The Telegraph [Read More]
On Center: The Knights On Center: The Knights
257 weeks ago - Town and gown
Cellist Eric Jacobsen and his older brother, Colin, a violinist, have the minds of classical musicians and the hearts of world explorers. The Jacobsens are cofounders and artistic directors of The Knights, a Brooklyn-based orchestral collective that strives to shake up the concert experience by [Read More]
On Center: Season Sampler On Center: Season Sampler
262 weeks ago - Town and gown
The Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State’s 2015-16 season — on sale August 4 — features eight performances of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Jersey Boys, the story of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons, plus 31 other presentations. The roster of music, [Read More]
On Center: Mavis Staples & Joan Osborne On Center: Mavis Staples & Joan Osborne
266 weeks ago - Town and gown
Glorious vocalist Mavis Staples and seven-time Grammy nominee Joan Osborne collaborate on tour for the first time in “Solid Soul,” which comes to Penn State’s Eisenhower Auditorium Tuesday, October 27. Staples, a fixture in American music for six decades, came to fame as a member [Read More]
On Center: Jazz Gems On Center: Jazz Gems
270 weeks ago - Town and gown
The Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State continues its tradition of presenting exceptional jazz artists with its 2015-16 offering of two returning favorites, an up-and-coming star, and the State College premiere of a multiple Grammy Award winner. Pianist and composer Billy Childs received a [Read More]
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