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Patricia Best and her husband Tom stand together in the desert.

It was a no-brainer for the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State to honor music enthusiasts and lifelong education advocates Patricia Best and Thomas Ray with the 2017 Distinguished Service

3 musicians perform on stage.

The Center for the Performing Arts Classical Music Project, an initiative that aimed to elevate the profile of the center’s classical music program within the community, recently concluded its six-

Marcinko smiles wearing a button down shirt.

Marko Marcinko is so busy, he can’t miss a beat lest he lose the rhythm.

Ma stands under a tree holding his cello.

With Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Kathryn Stott’s Nov.

Thompson holds his hands in the air wearing his graduation cap and gown.

While a student at Penn State, Christian Thompson unknowingly began training for his current touring Broadway gig when School of Theatre Musical Director Beth Burrier taught him the vocal line for