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Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State


Orchestra members gather around to play a single ukulele in the middle of the group.

Beginning in the late 1990s, celebrities such as Jake Shimabukuro, Zooey Deschanel, and Eddie Vedder helped to reintroduce the ukulele to America.

From a young age, Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodríguez lived a musical life, first studying at a conservatory and later performing with his father’s television band.

Aparna and Ranee Ramaswamy stand together holding their arms in the air.

Growing up in India, Ragamala Dance Company co-founder Ranee Ramaswamy studied classical dance the way many girls in the United States take up ballet or tap.

A young woman with her violin stands with a man with a cello and another man with a violin on his shoulder.

Catalyst Quartet violinist Karla Donehew-Perez says the foursome wanted to make a splash with its debut recording.

A close photo of a young Latino woman playing the violin on a dark stage.

When Catalyst Quartet violinist Karla Donehew-Perez’s family left Puerto Rico for California, it was the first step in realizing her dream to become a classical musician.