Penn State College of Arts and Architecture
Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State


In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway and forever changed the landscape of American theater. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s “Rent” continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and across the world.

The Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State will offer discounted seats for the 20th anniversary touring Broadway production of “Rent.”

Folk-punk-world music quartet DakhaBrakha will transcend language barriers with a performance of the band’s self-described style of “ethno-chaos” in a performance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, in Schwab Auditorium.

Bang on a Can All-Stars will present a chapter in Pennsylvania labor history with a presentation of ensemble co-founder Julia Wolfe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning experimental-classical composition “Anthracite Fields” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, in Eisenhower Auditorium.

Fred Hersch Trio, described by a Wall Street Journal writer as “one of the major ensembles of our time,” will perform with special guest Anat Cohen on clarinet/saxophone for a jazz performance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, in Schwab Auditorium.